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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Multi-award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern's brand new film based on the UK's controversial joint enterprise law.

17-year-old Johnjo gives his cousin Tony and his mates Colin and Kieran a last-minute lift in his brother Patrick's car. They tell him they're going for pizza; Johnjo doesn't know that they're going to 'have a word' with a local loudmouth who needs putting in his place. As Johnjo waits in the car, Kieran takes offence with an innocent bystander, Thomas Ward, who is fatally stabbed.

The murder victim is the eldest child of Margaret and Tommy Ward, who has become estranged from his family after a bitter divorce. Struggling to make ends meet on her own, Margaret is nevertheless determined to fight through bureaucracy and the cool indifference of the banks to give Thomas the send-off he deserves.

Johnjo makes his own way to the police station and asks for DI Hastings. A career copper used to doing battle with 'no comment', Hastings can't believe his luck as Johnjo lays the blame squarely with Kieran. But Hastings wants everyone possible to be tried for murder, and with the joint enterprise doctrine at his disposal, that includes Johnjo. Show less

Contributors

Tony Wallace:
Philip Hill-Pearson
Kieran Gillespie:
Andrew Ellis
Colin McCabe:
Jack McMullen
Coleen O'Shea:
Jodhi May
Peter O'Shea:
Andrew Tiernan
Patrick O'Shea:
Ben Bailey Smith
Karen O'Shea:
Finn Atkins
DI Hastings:
Robert Pugh
Margaret Ward:
Susan Lynch
Tommy Ward:
Daniel Mays
Julie Ward:
Samantha Oliver
Thomas Ward:
Harry McMullen
Hugo Davies:
Dean Smith
Albie Flanagan:
Liam Ainsworth
Shelagh Wallace:
Michelle Fairley
Barnes Williams:
David Westhead
Leon King:
Chu Omambala
Royal Courts Judge:
Michael Gambon
Royal Courts Clerk:
Will Travis
DC Jane Pearson:
Louise Delamere
Defence Lawyer:
Juliet Ellis
Prosecution Lawyer:
James Nickerson
Magistrate:
Marie Critchley
Police Officer:
Julian Gorman
Liaison Officer:
Kirsty-Leigh Porter
Jennifer Fielding:
Tanya Moodie
Hugo's Lawyer:
Mark Chatterton
Bank Manager:
Richard Sinnott
Civil Servant:
Connie Hyde
Undertaker:
Graham Padden
Executive Producer:
Colin McKeown
Producer:
Colin McKeown
Executive Producer:
Jimmy McGovern
Director:
David Blair

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