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Play Festival: The Dock Brief


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Music composed and conducted by ANTONY HOPKINS
This is the sixth from a selection of ten notable plays specially written for radio and broadcast over the last 25 years.
A dock brief is a strange and summary method of defending a prisoner. The prisoner, who has no other legal help, is allowed to choose any barrister who is sitting in Court to appear for him. He takes his pick from the dock: prisoner and barrister meet in the cells for a hurried consultation. a half-cooked defence is hastily brought to the boil, and the trial begins.
Directed by NESTA PAIN
(First broadcast in 1957)


Unknown: John Mortimer
Conducted By: Antony Hopkins
Directed By: Nesta Pain
Morgenhall: Michael Hordern
Fowle: David Kossoff

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