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This series of mock trials from Granada had plots but no scripts. Actors playing witnesses and legal counsel improvised their lines.
David Ensor (a real-life solicitor) appeared as the Judge, and Simon Kester was in many episodes as the counsel for the prosecution. Rex Boyd regularly played the court usher.
John McGregor appeared as a television Court Reporter, a function which enabled him to narrate the trial for the viewers at home.
Each “trial” was initially spread across three half-hour programmes. This was reduced to two for the 1959 series. The series returned in 1962.
An American series of the same name was produced at the same time.