The Case (TV series)

The Case is a five-part British television legal drama series, written and created by David Allison, that broadcast over five consecutive days from 31 October 2011 on BBC One.[1] The series stars Dean Andrews as Tony Powell, a defendant accused of the murder of his terminally-ill partner Saskia Stanley (Caroline Langrishe), whose life Tony helped to end. Saskia's family suspect Tony may have an ulterior motive for helping Saskia end her life, but it falls to barrister Sol Ridley (Tristan Gemmill), defending his first murder case, to expose the truth.[2]

The Case
GenreLegal drama
Written by
  • David Allison
  • Carolyn Reynolds
Directed by
  • Sean Glynn
  • Paul Murphy
ComposerJames Warburton
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes5 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Liam Keelan
  • Gerard Melling
  • Carolyn Reynolds
ProducerSean Glynn
CinematographyAndrew Cooper
  • Pauline Cain
  • Jan Deas
Running time45 minutes
Production companyLime Pictures
Original networkBBC1
Picture format16:9 (1080p)
Audio formatStereo
Original release31 October (2011-10-31) –
4 November 2011 (2011-11-04)

Episodes were broadcast at 14:15 daily as part of the channel's daytime schedule.[2] The Case remains David Allison's second and final original production for television, following his debut with the Sky Living series Bedlam earlier the same year.[1]


The series was filmed between Liverpool and Manchester.[3] During production, Dean Andrews asked not to know the outcome of the final episode, instead choosing to "play the truth that was on the page at that moment", in order to prevent the resolution from influencing his performance.[3]

Shortly prior to the broadcast of the first episode, the Radio Times published an article questioning if a story focusing on assisted suicide was suitable for daytime television.[4] Actor Tristan Gemmill defended the programme, stating; “I had initial reservations about how you tackle such an emotive, delicate and topical issue in daytime, but what David [Allison] has done is walk through the minefield and create some fascinating, strong characters. Seeing the case from multiple angles really emphasises how the ripples affect everyone involved."[4]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byAirdate
1"Episode 1"Sean GlynnDavid Allison & Carolyn Reynolds31 October 2011 (2011-10-31)
Barrister Sol Ridley gets his first murder case, defending Tony Powell. Tony admits assisting his terminally-ill partner, Saskia, to end her life, but Saskia's family think he killed her to get his hands on her money. After the first day of the trial, a stressed Tony takes drastic action.[5]
2"Episode 2"Sean GlynnDavid Allison & Carolyn Reynolds1 November 2011 (2011-11-01)
Sol plays a blinder in court, but then Metzler produces a new witness who gives damaging evidence against Tony. Tony is being harassed and tells Jess that he is convinced her dad is behind it. And Julie puts her foot in it with Sol, after being set up by Metzler.[5]
3"Episode 3"Sean GlynnDavid Allison & Carolyn Reynolds2 November 2011 (2011-11-02)
Tony's big day in the witness box begins badly after a disturbing encounter outside court. Under oath and under pressure, Tony makes an unwise accusation against Neil. That evening, Julie takes a big decision, and Tony's best friend Karl makes a shocking discovery.[5]
4"Episode 4"Paul MurphyDavid Allison & Carolyn Reynolds3 November 2011 (2011-11-03)
Karl drops a bombshell in the witness box, damaging Tony's credibility. And amidst mounting animosity, Valerie discovers something that could bring Julie down.[5]
5"Episode 5"Paul MurphyDavid Allison & Carolyn Reynolds4 November 2011 (2011-11-04)
Jess and Dan grapple with an appalling discovery about Neil, while Julie and Sol come to a decision about their relationship. In court, Tony recalls Saskia's final moments, as the jury reach their verdict on his future.[5]


  1. ^ a b "David Allison - Writer - Television". JT Management. Archived from the original on 9 December 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Case, The (BBC-1 2011, Dean Andrews, Caroline Langrishe)". Memorable TV. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b "The Case: A gripping new BBC One Daytime courtroom drama". BBC. Archived from the original on 19 December 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b "The Case: is daytime TV ready for assisted suicide?". Radio Times. 31 October 2011. Archived from the original on 31 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e "BBC One - The Case - Episode Guide". BBC. Archived from the original on 9 August 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2018.

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