Conspiracy thriller. A small-time solicitor is forced to revisit his murky past when he is approached by a mysterious and glamorous lawyer in search of a missing alibi witness.
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What are you doing?
I don't know what to say. Erm, sorry.
When did you decide this?
I don't know. It wasn't an instant thing.
-Look, I've got back-to-back appointments, er...
You're talking about appointments?! This is my life, Harry!
I'm Gina Hawkes. I have an 11 o'clock appointment with Mr Venn.
-Er, Mr Venn's 10:30 is running a little over.
WOMAN NEXT DOOR: I'm not going to let you ruin my life!
-Why don't I see if I can find you another appointment?
-Don't answer that.
Do you think he'll pull it off?
Worsley? The coalition?
I really don't know.
Are you really going to give this up?
Frances, look, you don't have to do this.
You'll catch cold.
Are you sure you don't want to make another appointment?
It's essential I see Mr Venn as soon as possible.
I've had enough of this! You're pathetic, Harry!
-This is Ms Hawkes, your 11 o'clock.
-Please, come into my office.
Erm, I'd, I'd rather go out if that's OK?
RADIO: 'It's 11 o'clock on Tuesday, 5th July.
'The headlines this morning. Sensational allegations
'linking Prime Minister Brian Worsley
'to two secret offshore bank accounts have been leaked to a national newspaper.
'The claims come at a critical time for the Prime Minister
'in his ongoing attempts to form a new government,
'while rioting continues in the capital as tens of thousands
'turn out daily to protest at proposed austerity measures.
'Up to 70 protesters have been injured...'
I should warn you. The coffee's terrible.
I've drunk worse.
-You're a brave woman. What can I do for you?
-I have a client.
-He's on a murder charge.
-You're a lawyer? Interesting case?
It has a couple of unusual features,
the first being that my client appears to be innocent.
-What you mean, really innocent?
-As in, he didn't do it.
-Now that is unusual.
-His name's Steven Quirke.
-Stevie Quirke? What, Little Stevie? What's this all about?
-I told you.
Hey, listen, I don't get it.
An expensive lawyer acting for a career criminal
like Stevie Quirke? How did that happen?
In the usual way...he called my office.
He told me he was innocent, I believe him.
I'm thinking of sending the brief to Nigel Fountain.
You don't approve of my choice of counsel?
Well, shouldn't that be SIR Nigel Fountain? No, I approve very much.
I'm just wondering where all the money's coming from?
Mr Quirke's innocence is not the only unusual feature.
He also turned himself in.
So Stevie turned himself in, he confessed, but he's innocent?
I was getting to that.
Well, if you could you get to it a little bit faster, Gina,
because I'm getting sort of confused here.
He confessed because he's terrified.
So terrified, in fact, that he'd rather be in prison.
-And what's he terrified of?
-He won't tell me. He wants you to help him.
-He wants you to find someone for him.
Look. You're a smart woman.
I can tell you're smart because you're not drinking the coffee.
But I'm just a high street solicitor. You need an enquiry agent.
I'd be more than happy to recommend one.
Mr Quirke wants you to find Joseph Francis Collins. I believe you know him.
Stevie Quirke and Joe Collins?
You're building a case on them?
Actually you don't need an enquiry agent, Gina,
what you need is a bloody magician.
I disagree. You have the special contacts my client needs.
What are you after?
I am a lawyer doing my best to get justice for my client.
Do you know what gives you away, Gina?
No lawyer uses the word justice
when they're talking about their own client.
I don't know what game you've got going on here, but, er,
-I'm not playing with you.
-Mr Quirke anticipated your reaction.
He has some information that he's willing to pass on to you.
Information about what?
Your brother Mark.
-Mark, are you OK?
What did he say exactly?
His exact words.
Exactly as I've told you.
I'm following the instructions of my client. You have my card.
Thank you for the coffee.
Don't worry, Harry.
Don't worry, Harry.
-Venn & Co.
-I want you to find out what you can about a firm called
Hodgkins Truss Wilson.
Where are they? London?
I don't know, there's no address on the card.
-They're not showing up on Google.
-What about Gina Hawkes?
Hang on, there's a number here. 07700 900484.
-Give it a ring and find out who they are.
Frank Hanna called. He wants you there for when the jury get back.
-How long have they been out?
-About an hour.
Then they'll be out all day.
What's all this shit about my brother?
What is that how you say hello, Harry? After all these years?
I want to know why you've been handing out this crap.
What are you trying to sell, Stevie?
Are you going to tell me who killed Mark? Is that it?
I'm offering a deal here, right?
You help me, you get what I know.
Now that's all I got to deal with, Harry. You understand?
-How did you find Gina Hawkes?
-What do you mean?
Stevie, I couldn't find Gina Hawkes
and people might say I'm somewhat better placed than you.
-Yeah, erm, someone give me her number.
I don't remember.
What, she agrees to act for you - why?
What, you ain't got the hump, have you, Harry?
All cos I didn't come to you?
No, you're an old pal, Harry.
Hey, let me shake your hand, eh, just for the warm feel of it, yeah.
I heard things wasn't going too good for ya.
Oh, you know, they could be worse.
Yeah, I know that's true.
What do you know about Mark?
Who killed him? Tell me now.
Yeah you'll never guess who I bumped into.
-Move it Harry, move!
-I'm doing my fucking best, Hillman!
Yeah, I see him and, er, he's like all bald now, but I recognise him.
I saw what I saw, Harry. Paul Hillman.
Yeah, there's just one problem, Stevie.
Paul Hillman's dead. He has been for 20 years.
-My dad ID'd his body, same time he ID'd Mark's.
-I saw him.
Few days ago, just before I come in here.
See, Harry, er, if Hillman's alive, what does that say about Mark?
-What the fuck are you playing at?
-Harry, please! Please!
I seen him and he's breathing like you and me.
-You see, the dead don't come back, Stevie.
-I saw him!
Where? Where did you see him?
CRIES OF PAIN
-I don't really remember.
-You saw a dead man and you don't remember where?
-On the tube.
What tube? Which station, what line?
I saw him, all right, I swear on my child's life.
Why do you need me to find Joe Collins?
How can Joe help you?
-He's got something that can get me out of this.
You tell me or I'm out of here. What?
A laptop. All right, I'm not saying nothing more.
That's it. I can't.
You wouldn't be trying to set me up, would you, Stevie?
-Set you up for what?
-Something that happened. A long time ago.
Something where there's no statute of limitations.
If you don't find Joe for me, I am dead.
You want to relax, Stevie.
They abolished the death penalty years ago.
Now you've got my number.
Give me a call when you decide to tell me what the fuck is going on!
MOBILE PHONE RINGS
-Frank Hanna's called three times. He wants to know
why you're not answering your phone and why you're not there.
Mr Peters is here and Mrs Crawford. What do you want me to tell them?
Clear the rest of the day. I'm not coming back.
We represented a client, Joe Collins,
Joseph Francis Collins, about five years ago.
Yeah, possession of Class A drugs. Snaresbrook Crown Court.
-Yeah, dig out his file.
-'I've got a million things to do.'
-Call when you've got it.
-Don't expect overtime.
-Don't forget to call Frank Hanna.
'Thank you for calling Hodgkins Truss Wilson...'
I'll get some coffees and see you back here in about half an hour.
Get off me!
CRIES OF PAIN
It wasn't me!
I wasn't there, I wasn't there!
We both know that's a lie, don't we? Hey?
CRIES OF PAIN ECHO
HE DIALS A NUMBER, TELEPHONE RINGS
I've just seen Fenton Russell. I need to see you, Lauren.
Don't get any ideas. It's not happening again.
Why was Russell at Belmarsh?
He's a cop.
Cops are like solicitors - they go to prisons from time to time.
Not the same time, the same day that I happen to be there.
Harry, it's a coincidence.
Unpleasant, but just a coincidence.
Lauren, the man I went to see today...
..told me that he saw Paul Hillman alive.
What, who? Who said that?
A face from the past. His name's Stevie Quirke.
He was insistent. Told me he saw Hillman a few days ago.
Harry, Hillman is dead and gone.
-Someone's messing with your head.
-I don't know why.
But let it go.
Harry, listen to me.
Hillman is dead.
That whole thing is gone. Over.
You need to let it go and move on.
Michael will be home soon and I don't want him finding you here.
-You're always saying I don't see enough of him.
-I don't want our son,
who's already dealing with a lot of issues, finding you here like this.
We're divorced. It'll confuse him.
Confuse HIM? What about me?
Come on, Harry, get up.
-Are you seeing anyone?
I don't know yet.
Where'd you meet him?
Don't look at me like that. That's how it's done now.
-I broke up with Frances today.
No, it's for good this time.
She seemed like a nice girl. I don't know what she was doing with you.
What were YOU doing with me?
I'm not as nice as her.
MOBILE PHONE RINGS
Gina Hawkes, Mr Venn.
-Yeah, I went to see your client today.
'And I'd like to talk to you more about his case.'
I could see you for 20 minutes tonight at 10 o'clock.
Yes, I have a meeting at 10:30.
What, you do meetings late at night?
'When they're important, yes.'
-All right, I'll be there at ten. Where are you?
-The Strand Hotel.
'I'll meet you at the bar.'
'The protestors were not one unified body. Different groups with different agendas
'surged off in all directions, some clearly prepared for violence.
'Shops in Pall Mall and Piccadilly were attacked and set alight.
'In Whitehall, police vans were smashed up and overturned by a mob
-'of students and anarchists said to number up to 5,000.'
-Have you seen this?
-'At the same time, the main body of protestors...'
-Feels different, doesn't it?
-What's different about it?
-We don't have a Government for one thing.
Have you noticed? I haven't noticed.
'..protestors in the City of London, with at least 80 arrests.
-'There have been allegations that police over-reacted...'
-It was good to see you.
'..and claims that as many as 180 people needed hospital treatment as a result of the clashes.
'There is an as yet unconfirmed report...'
-What are you doing here?
That's a nice way to greet your father(!)
Michael...whatever else has happened between me and your mother,
I'm still your father.
Are you listening to me? MICHAEL BURPS
-Did you see that?
-I see it every day.
Lauren, he needs to show some respect.
You need to spend more time with him.
Jesus, internet dating?
'..the Prime Minister went on to say that
'those trying to whip up an atmosphere of hysteria and panic
'must bear responsibility for the chaos and disorder on our streets.
'But the violence has put further pressure on the Prime Minister
'after this morning's allegations about his financial affairs.
'And Alexander Wentworth, tipped as a front runner to take over,
'was amongst a growing number of voices describing the proposed coalition as unworkable.
'Let's not kid ourselves. The reason the police are out there
'having to deal with this disorder is that Brian Worsley is bankrupt.
'His coalition is falling to pieces and he continues to present the same tired ideas.
'This is not a man who can lead this country out of our gravest crisis since the Battle of Britain.'
SIRENS BLARE, CAR HORNS HONK
Blimey. You always dress like that for business meetings?
I didn't say it was business.
-Can I get you a drink?
-An old fashioned.
-Er, one old fashioned and a vodka tonic.
You went to see Mr Quirke?
Do you do a lot of crime, Gina?
Not as much as you, I believe.
I only ask because your client, Stevie Quirke, hasn't got a hope in hell.
That's my advice - you can have that for free.
I deal in lost hopes, Mr Venn.
What kind of a criminal lawyer are you, Gina?
In fact, are you any kind of criminal lawyer at all?
Where did you do your articles? When did you qualify?
-You came here to talk about the case.
-No, you're more interesting.
I can assure you I'm not.
Where's that accent from?
Who are you, Gina Hawkes?
My client asked me to contact you
in order to locate a witness he believes is crucial to his case.
I carried out his instructions, as I was obliged to.
This does not give you the right to be insulting.
OK... Well, you name me one lawyer in London
or anywhere in this country that you've had dealings with.
-Isn't Sir Nigel Fountain good enough for you?
-No, no, apart from this case. Just one.
If you'll excuse me.
One thing I forgot to mention.
Should you find Joe Collins, there will be a fee, naturally.
Naturally. And what if I don't find him?
Oh, I think you're the kind of man who finds what he looks for.
Flattery's wasted on me. What sort of fee are we talking about?
Shall we say 20,000?
Well, that should help find him.
Why is Joe Collins worth £20,000 to you?
Thank you for the drink, Mr Venn.
You're wearing the wrong nail polish.
I quite like it.
No, it doesn't suit you.
And what would you suggest?
I suggest you cancel your next meeting
and stay here and have another drink with me.
Don't be too smart.
Excuse me, how do you know that lady?
-She's a guest.
-Can I leave her a note?
-Which floor, sir?
LOUD YAWN >
-Yeah, very long.
-Mind you, I bet they pay you a fortune.
-You English. Make funny jokes that are not so funny.
LIFT BELL RINGS
-After you, sir.
How would you like to boost your pay?
I would like to.
How much would it cost me to get five minutes in this room?
I'm not going to take anything or do anything.
I just want a look around.
Nobody need know. Five minutes.
500, OK. Tell you what,
why don't we split the difference
and call it thirty quid?
You said nobody was going to get hurt!
-It's what Styles wanted.
'He has some information that he's willing to pass on to you.
'Your brother, Mark.
'I'm following the instructions of my client.
'I want you to find someone for him.
'Joseph Francis Collins. I believe you know him?'
-'The news headlines this hour. Prime Minister Brian Worsley
'has responded for the first time
'to allegations about his financial involvement
'with Australian mining company Goldseam.'
Your critics say that because of the ongoing allegations
-about your financial arrangements...
-A total fabrication...
-Because of these allegations,
you do not have support in your own party,
-let alone the minority parties.
-No, no, no, I completely refuse...
Why aren't they coming out for you?
I do have support in my own party.
What I'm trying to do is build a coalition.
-What are we looking for?
Anything that will help us find Mr Joseph Collins.
I've got some blow if you want it.
SOUND OF ROADWORKS
RADIO: ...extraordinary allegations
made in yesterday's papers about the Prime Minister,
-we have the man himself here.
-Good morning, Prime Minister.
You were on TV last night denying the allegations.
Yet this morning, RDO media have published a document
which appear to show that Goldseam, the Australian mining company
at the centre of this affair,
set up the accounts you say you knew nothing of in April last year.
Look, I've got no way of knowing what Goldseam did or didn't do.
But what I can say is, with all the emphasis I can command,
neither I nor my family have any control over access to these accounts...
-Thought you said it wouldn't happen again.
-Michael's been arrested.
Want to go home to your mummy?
You're not going home with a charge like this in front of you.
He nicked a bloody car.
Have they charged him yet?
Yeah. They've given him bail, so he should be out soon.
Are you OK?
If you could come this way, please.
I'll be back in a minute.
Listen, don't worry.
Worse case, you'll get five years.
I'm kidding. They'll give you a rap on the knuckles.
Why did you do it?
-Who are you?
-I'm your father.
-No, my father left.
-What were you thinking?
Go get in the car.
Thanks for coming.
You should go home and shower.
-Change your clothes.
Thank you for telling me about Michael.
-Yeah, I had a heavy night.
'Harry, it's Frances.'
Should be interesting.
-'I don't understand, Harry...'
-Turn it off.
-What did I do wrong? I don't deserve this...
-Turn it off!
'You won't even talk to me, you won't even...'
Call Barter Court Chambers.
See if you can get me ten minutes with Nigel Fountain.
-What do I tell him?
-Tell him it's about the Quirke case.
-You've got the hearing at Highbury.
-I need to find Joe Collins.
-Call Lisa, see if she'll cover.
-You'll get struck off if you're not careful.
-Thanks for your concern(!)
-The concern's me and my job. Don't forget Frank Hanna!
I don't want to say anything that could inflame
an already volatile situation.
Yeah, but you just have. Haven't you?
Look, let's be clear. We face grave challenges.
People have to put aside their narrow, partisan interests
and pull together for the nation.
Because some people, backed by certain media organisations
with their own agenda,
simply do not want to see a second coalition
and will do everything they can to derail us.
Well, that was the beleaguered Prime Minister
talking to me earlier today.
And I'm joined now by the man increasingly seen
as the front runner to challenge Worsley.
That is, of course, Alexander Wentworth.
Are you going to challenge the Prime Minister?
Listen, I haven't been saying that.
What I'm saying is this country cannot continue to back
a morally bankrupt Prime Minister
when we are on the verge of crisis. That's no exaggeration.
The Prime Minister says, "There are people who do not want
"political stability, who would prefer uncertainty and disorder".
-Are you one of those people?
I know the novels of Dan Brown too. I'm afraid my right honourable friend
is confusing fact with fiction. It's a preposterous thing to say. Paranoia.
I didn't know anyone still drank Valpolicella.
I thought it was more or less plonk.
They've improved it.
-It's very drinkable now.
-You're right. Very tasty.
-Ah, here he is. The man of the hour.
-Sorry I'm late.
Protestors again. Impossible to get through central London.
Who'd have thought rioting in London would get to become
-practically a daily occurrence?
-You were marvellous on The Today Programme.
-You were terrific.
They're always horribly snide, but by the end, you'd won them over.
-Thank you, James.
-You're principled and have integrity.
Something friend Worsley could do with.
I think it's a bit too late for that, don't you?
Speak of the devil.
You'd think forming a government
might be more important than having lunch.
-Hello, Brian. You know James Morpeth?
You've known me since Cambridge, Elspeth.
Do you think I would take bribes?
If you want to give us your side of the story,
I'm more than happy to arrange an interview.
I've already said I know nothing
about these so-called offshore accounts.
Enjoy your lunch.
Dead man walking.
Just some facts to put Worsley in his political grave.
-Is Dean in?
No. Sorry, mate. Don't know any Dean Stubbs.
Do you mind if I have a little look around?
-I've been thinking of joining a gym.
-Yeah, you should.
I'm looking for a friend of Joseph Collins.
Joe's friend comes in here quite a lot.
He's a boxer.
His name's Dean.
Dean Stubbs. You're Dean, aren't ya?
CAR DOOR SLAMS
HE SPEAKS SILENTLY
Know how many times I called you?
Frank, how's it going?
You're the lawyer, you tell me.
-Yeah, all right. Listen, I'm on my way.
-'Get here lively, H.'
-The judge has already told the jury he'll accept a majority.
Cheers, appreciate it.
I shall see you later.
Thought for a bit there you weren't going to show, H.
-Hey, I got you a result, didn't I?
-Hey! I'm an innocent man.
If you can't get an innocent man off, what are you good for?
Well, the innocent ones are the hardest, believe me.
You don't look too good, H.
Can I have a word?
-I met a woman.
Yeah, she's beautiful. Intelligent.
Looks like she's got a few quid.
-You should be a very happy man.
-Well, on paper.
-Trouble is, I think she's trying to set me up.
The Braddick murder.
What do you mean "set you up"? Who is she?
She's a solicitor acting for Stevie Quirke,
she wanted me to go and see him, so I did.
What's Stevie got to do with Braddick?
He said he saw Paul Hillman.
You got to be fucking kidding me.
That's what he said.
Frank, I want to ask a little favour.
It might not be, er...
-You want my advice?
-Is your vision at all affected?
-No, it's fine.
How often do you take cocaine?
Well, I had, er... a little line or two last night.
-Is it a regular thing?
We've taken an X-ray but I'm going to recommend an MRI.
-I don't think it's that bad.
-Just to be on the safe side.
You were recommended by a friend of mine. Gina Hawkes?
I'll make you an appointment.
There'll probably be a bit of a wait.
She said the Zopiclone you gave her is really helping with her insomnia.
She's a beautiful woman...
You'll need a tetanus shot.
As I said, it's not that bad, it was just a punch.
There wasn't really any blood.
Take your jacket off and roll up your sleeve.
Roll up your sleeve.
Some other time.
What do you think?
Doable. But doable for what?
What do you want?
Frank, I'm trying to find out who Gina Hawkes is.
If she's on his books, he'll have her medical records, an address, something.
-You know it's all computerized.
-I got a guy.
-Call me when you're done.
-You'll answer this time?
Here you go, expenses.
Kentish Town, please, mate.
Listen to me.
Back when I was working...
some mornings, I'd be driving to the job and I'd look out
and see all these people doing ordinary things, you know?
Waiting at a bus-stop, buying a coffee, buying a sandwich
and I'd, like, look at them and I'd think,
"Why am I putting myself through this?
"They're all relaxed, happy, probably. Me?
"I'm on my way to pull a robbery -
"the blood's beating in my veins,
"my head feels light, I'm feeling sick."
One time I turned to Wendell and I said, "You know, we could stop.
"We could go to a caff, have a coffee, read the paper, go home.
"We don't have to do this."
You understand what I'm telling you?
Yeah, and what did old Wendell say?
Long as you understand.
Cos actions have consequences...
that's just the law of nature.
I need to find out who killed Mark.
Yeah, even if it puts you in prison for 20 years?
TAXI PULLS AWAY
'This is Gina Hawkes.'
Where are you? I can be with you in 20 minutes. We can have lunch.
-I'm on my way to Paris.
-'I'll get the train. We'll have dinner.'
Have you thought about what we discussed?
I've thought about you, Gina. Constantly. Day and night,
if you really want to know.
Will you take the job?
If I can have a down payment of £10,000.
'Call the Hodgkins Truss Willson number and leave your bank details.'
The money will be in your account later today.
Blimey, you work fast. I like that. So where are we having dinner?
'I like Paris.'
I expect an update, twice a day, one at midnight, one at 7am.
'If at any time there is anything significant,
'you are to call me at once.'
How do you define "significant"? For instance, you've become
-'a significant part of my life.'
-You'll receive the balance of your fee when you locate Joe Collins.
Once you do, you are not to let him out of your sight until I get there.
Know what? If I'm ever in trouble I want you as my lawyer.
In fact, I'd get in trouble to have you as my lawyer.
-Call me if there's anything else you need.
-I'm sure there will be.
-Goodbye, Mr Venn.
-Gina. One more thing.
Have you ever heard of a bloke called Jason Styles?
-You know what, you'd be smashing in the witness box.
If I didn't know better, I'd believe you were telling the truth.
-Just find Joe Collins, Mr Venn.
-'The Eurostar service to Paris Gare du Nord,
'calling at Lille Gare Europe, is now ready for boarding.'
-'Get out of there.'
-'Get out of your office, Harry. Now.'
Who is this?
Matt. Come on.
Where are we going?
-So what's going on?
-I don't know what's going on.
Someone phoned me and said to get out the office.
-What, is Frances coming with a gun?
-Just shut up, Matt!
All right, calm down.
Look, you can stay out here if you want. I've got work to do.
ALARMS AND SCREAMS
Based on 30 years as a copper, I'd say someone's trying to kill you.
This woman's got a file on me.
The wrong type of person could take advantage of that.
-What do we want to achieve?
-The end of Brian Worsley.
-Don't come to Paris, Mr Venn.
-Maybe she's in trouble?
If she is, take my advice, run.
If you find anything about Quirke that helps, I'd be very grateful.
-Something big is going on here. somebody tried to kill me!
What you're mixed up in...
I don't want to be mixed up in.
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Small-time solicitor Harry Venn is forced to revisit his murky past when he is approached by a mysterious and glamorous lawyer, Gina Hawkes, looking for a missing alibi witness for her client. Harry quickly finds himself plunged into a deep and dangerous conspiracy.