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-It's 90 degrees in Baton Rouge and 92 in New Orleans -
a hot day for an execution.
He's been cheating justice for over 20 years
but we think it's the end of the line for Rudy Jones.
Humidity up at 98% in downtown Lafayette
and a record high of 99% in West Monroe.
Now, the only thing about the death penalty is the dumbass lawyers
that say you can keep on appealing right down to the wire.
-SEATBELT SENSOR BEEPS
TRUCK SOUNDS HORN
TRUCK SOUNDS HORN
Yes, I'm here. I'm here. How long?
Seat belt unfastened.
-Are you sure?
-Yeah. Yeah. OK. OK. But slowly.
-WAX STRIP RIPS
-OW! Ow. Oh. Aargh!
-SHE LAUGHS ARGH! Aargh!
-No! No! No! No!
Help! Help me, Dad.
Dan! Dan! Come on! Dan! Dan! Dan! Calm down.
She didn't hurt me. She didn't hurt me. She didn't hurt me.
SHE EXHALES It's me, it's your sister.
Look at me, look at me. Are you OK?
-I'm all right. I'm all right. I'm all right.
-You all right?
-I want Mummy.
# We shall live in peace some day...
# We shall overcome
# We shall overcome... # Not before six. Did you get that?
Answer my question. # We shall overcome... #
Does the government know there's a two-hour stay?
OK. Thanks. # We shall overcome some day
# Oh, deep in my heart... #
We've got two hours, right.
-Thank you, ma'am.
-It didn't hurt.
-But then, why did you scream?
-I was pretending.
To make it funny.
Look, see? Taking the hair off reduces resistance,
so you go a bit faster.
Why don't we do another practice?
I could really use your help.
-OK. OK. OK. Come on.
I'm going to go and look at the blog.
Can you do it with me?
-Well, Rudy's lawyer just went inside.
She told us there's two hours.
Two hours till the Supreme Court decision.
# We shall overcome We shall... #
Do we have a decision?
-I've got a first name?
"Rudy"...now that you're about to kill me?
Fried chicken is a popular choice.
You may kill me, but you can't make me eat,
just so the media has something to talk about.
-I'd like a cigarette.
-We can't do that.
So, two hours means they're reading what we filed.
Still stacked five-four.
And all nine are pissed, because I'm in their family time.
They are Supreme Court judges. They do 100 like this a year.
Galbraith is the one. She will come our way.
Do you like my haircut?
-His lawyer's in there with him now. They're waiting on...
Don't tell Dan, all right? It'll be OK. Mum's with him.
Some place else. Anywhere.
OK. Clem had...had big hair when she was little.
-The execution is supposed to be at 6pm...
-Can you set the clock to the time over there?
..still no word.
We were in...in hospital for two weeks after she was born.
-Well, I lost a lot of blood and she...erm... Well, they...
They said there was something wrong with her heart
and that, the only way they could know for sure, was to open her up.
"Open her up," they said, like...like she was...
Anyway, it was very late when they finished
and I was going mad with not knowing.
And they brought her back to me on the ward in the middle of the night.
My fear was that they were...were bringing her back to say goodbye.
It must have been... the way she was lying,
but when I looked at her, big tubes in her little body,
and she...she moved her... her head a little.
-And there it was.
Like a little curl. Stuck to the side of her head.
And then, I just knew that everything was going to be fine.
We have a call from the Supreme Court for Miss Cobbina.
It'll be fine. Galbraith will come through.
Yes. This is Maya Cobbina.
Yes. I understand.
SHE INHALES SHAKILY
Is her hair still natural?
She relaxed it.
She used flat irons for a while and, erm...
..then she had a...erm, a treatment. Erm...
What's it called? I-I can't remember.
-It doesn't matter.
-I'll remember tomorrow.
LAUGH TURNS BITTER
And then she went back to being big and wild
and natural and frizzy and completely uncombable.
-Yeah, I think so.
-How long has it been, you and me?
-20 years, Sunday.
I'll miss our anniversary.
-Where will you be?
-Erm, the cottage.
-Have I...have I told you this?
It's St Just.
It is the westernmost town in England
and it is about as close to here as we could be.
What is it like, Maya?
It's...it's honest and it's tough, and the air is fresh and clean.
And it's...it's so wonderful.
-Will you all be there?
-All of us.
-I don't want you in there.
-We've al-... We've always said...
I won't let them dignify what they're doing with good behaviour.
-I'm not going quietly.
And I don't want you seeing me lose again.
The first words you ever said to me was, "I'm your lawyer,
"and I will do everything in my power to help you,
"but all the choices will be yours.
"I am instructed by you."
You can't imagine what that's meant to me.
I don't want you being in there on your own.
The responsibility I'm about to give you
goes a long way past witnessing my death.
You can't win trying to save people like me.
You have to go big.
Walk away from me now.
Stay brave, be strong, hold your dignity.
You hear me? You hear me, Maya?
-Hear me, Maya.
-PRISONERS TAP OUT RHYTHM
HEAR ME, MAYA!
Transport to the chamber.
So, listen, it's one way in there.
The glass. Your man. He can't see you.
My advice is save yourself the nightmares and walk away.
He doesn't want me watching.
# Amazing grace
# How sweet the sound
# That saved a wretch like me
# I once was... # SINGING TRAILS OFF
I know nearly all of you and together we have held hands,
sung songs, lit candles, prayed.
We have done everything in our power to help save our friend.
But it hasn't worked.
I... SHE CLEARS THROAT
I want to be dignified now and I want to offer myself and you
some...some solace in speech, some love and hope.
But I don't have it.
All I have is anger.
And, erm, I'm sorry that I can't... I can't give you better.
But I swear to you on the lives of my children
and as you are my witness, this...this...this anger that I feel
here will go to work.
It will not soften, it will not BE softened
until they stop killing brothers and sisters and calling it justice!
That's it, that's it.
-He said no to a last meal. He said no to prayer.
So a Godless life will have a Godless end, and a hungry one, too.
He's been speaking with his lawyer, instead of the Lord.
Of course, he has.
We do know they talked about one thing.
Minutes from death and the topic of conversation?
Erm, Dan, could you do the hose for me and the stuff there?
-I'll just take a quick shower, yeah?
-All right, thanks.
-We're minutes away now, folks.
The execution procedure will be by lethal injection.
A humane and painless death, which is more than can be said
for the agony he inflicted
on the esteemed public servant he so brutally murdered.
We're going to play the song we always play
right before the condemned man heads down to hell.
# I'll take you to burn... #
# I do believe... #
# I'll take you to burn... #
-Let no man say I don't have perfect timing.
That was Arthur Brown and this is the countdown. Join with me.
Ten, nine, eight, seven, six...
..five, four, three, two, one.
PHONE RINGS IN DISTANCE
RINGTONE GETS LOUDER
MOBILE PHONE RINGS
PHONE RINGS IN DISTANCE
PHONE CONTINUES TO RING
'Hello, this is Maya Cobbina. Please leave a message.'
It's me. It's us.
We're with you. We all love you.
Oh, sweetheart, hold on.
Miss Cobbina! Miss Cobbina!
-No, I-I don't want to know. I don't want to know.
-I don't want to know.
-No, you don't understand what they're doing there.
-He's not dead.
-I'll take you.
Oh, God. Oh, God.
Hello. Hello, Judge Kramer? Yeah, OK. OK.
I'm filing a motion on behalf of Rudy Jones
for an emergency stay of execution.
-Are you the right person?
-I'm the right person.
-On what grounds?
-On the grounds that...that he's...
he's breathing and... and there's moaning
and there's movement and it's been...it's been...
-Over an hour.
-It's been over an hour. It's botched. He's alive.
-He's in terrible pain.
-I need the State.
I'm going to have to put you on hold,
once I have him, I'll be back, then we'll be on conference call.
Stand up. Stand up, people. He's alive. He's not dead.
Stand up, please. Get out of the way.
Please give us space! He's alive!
Why is the blind down? Open it.
Jesus. What are you doing? Oh, my God. Close that blind now.
-Oh, my God! Close it now.
-How do I get in there? How do I get it?
You do not get in there. CLOSE THAT BLIND!
-I'm his lawyer. You can't do...
-CLOSE IT NOW!
-Oh, my God!
-Close the blind.
-How do I get in there?
You do not get into the execution chamber. Do you...
That is not an execution chamber! That is a torture chamber!
PHONE RINGS They don't...
-Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. I'm here.
I have the Assistant Attorney General on the call.
You can make the application.
The eighth amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.
If that's not cruel and unusual I don't know what is.
-I have information from the chamber.
-He says his heartbeat is 40 and falling.
-He is breathing.
We don't think his breathing is actual breathing.
It's a kind of snorting.
-That's what the body does when it is short of oxygen.
-The doctor says...
You call a man supervising the killing of a human being a doctor?
That is not medicine! There is blood everywhere!
They don't know what they're doing in there.
PHONE BEEPS Shit! My...my...my battery is low.
I don't think we can take what counsel says
as medically-expert, in any kind of way..
There is a drill in there! What have they got to drill for?
Putting a line into the bone. The execution team are quite happy
ENOUGH! The default position must be - stop, then, argue this.
Stop, first, please. Then, we can be lawyers.
The State contends suspending the execution now
may do more harm than good.
His condition is deteriorating.
Oh! Now, you're killing him, you fight for his right to die?!
What kind of warped argument is that?
What does the protocol say?
I can have my office find a copy in five minutes.
We don't have five minutes. I know it back to front.
I don't think we can take that as any kind of...
"There will be an emergency defibrillator on site."
Expressly stated. That is what it's there for.
Why have it in the protocol, if not to use it?
PHONE BEEPS My...my battery's low.
I am informed from inside the chamber that the heartbeat
is down to 30.
Call it, Judge. Call it now. PHONE BEEPS
-I have a decision.
BP currently 75/45.
-Step back, please.
-Oh, don't be ridiculous.
-Step back from the prisoner.
-Take your hand off me.
-How we doing here, guys?
-We need to move him.
-The prison can't look after him.
-I need to know what's going on.
I'm a doctor, ma'am. My job is keeping people alive.
I can't do that here. They don't have the facilities.
You're his lawyer, right?
I'll bring him back. Now, go home. We'll call you when there's news.
All right, guys, let's go.
Mummy's home. HEY! MUMMY'S HOME!
-I love you. I love you.
-Mum, I missed you so much.
-There it is.
-What? You don't need to make salad.
-Ta-da! Pasta a la fromage!
-How many times have you had pasta since I was away?
Aargh! Argh, ow!
God! God! It's cramp. It's cramp.
-Ow, God. It's not funny. Aargh.
-Oh, God, that hurts.
-Dad, what's wrong?
Oh, my God. M-Maya! Give me the...give me the...
Give me the pillow. Give me the pillow!
-Why are you shouting, what's going on?
-Give me the pillow, at least give me the...
-It's OK. It's all right.
It's all right. It's, erm, it's nothing.
Oh, my God! Dad! What's wrong with you?
-Go back to bed.
-Please take Dan and go back to bed.
-Our rights. Our rights...
Excuse me, I'm looking for a Michael Antwi.
All right, OK. Hang on. Here we go.
Here we go.
Don't mention it.
I used to change you.
I was way ahead of my time - a man changing a baby's nappies.
There we are.
# Hush little baby Don't say a word
# Papa's going to buy you a mockingbird
# And if that mockingbird don't sing
# Papa's going to buy you a diamond ring
# And if that diamond ring...
# ..turns to brass
# Papa's going to buy you a looking glass... #
-Most of the nurses are after me, obviously.
-Well, yeah, obviously.
When they're not treating me like a three-year-old.
I may be dying, but I'm not deaf, I tell them.
You all right?
Have I been a good father?
-I dunno, Dad. You know.
I haven't found the right woman.
DISTANT POLICE SIREN
-Oh, thank God.
Hey, where have you been?
-Where have you been?
He was stuck in the pond at the edge of the cricket pitch,
so I hauled him out.
-And how did you...?
-Rang the vet. They knew Rocco.
Erm, sorry. Tea.
Would you like to stay for some tea?
He doesn't mean it.
He says he wants you to stay for a cup of tea, but he doesn't really.
-You taught me that, Dad.
-Where were you when you lost him?
-Erm, near the boating lake.
-So, he ran a long way.
-Yeah, he's a bolter.
-And you were distracted?
Something on your mind.
-Erm, how old is he?
-They reckon about two and a half.
-Do you know his story?
-He ate his owner.
86-year-old man died alone in his flat.
Nobody knew for three weeks.
Django was stuck in there, nothing to eat...
He didn't have a choice.
-And how's he being with you?
Yeah, I wake up in the morning, sometimes, he's sitting
next to my bed, looking up at me.
We should meet for a coffee.
Cafe on Brennan Street in one hour.
You can thank me properly. Come on.
People say you're mad, you know. 20 years and you're still on it.
People can say what the hell they like.
I've booked you a flight back to the US
and I moved your Southwark fixture.
-I'm a gem.
You're a gem. What do you want, Jimmy?
I had another phone call from the Attorney General's office.
They're not taking no for an answer. They want you to interview.
I defend people.
I've spent my entire career taking on the State when it behaves badly.
Why do you think, in a million years,
-I'd want to be the Director of Public Prosecutions?
-There's a new witness
Scared and careful.
Which is a good thing,
because it means whatever they've got to say must be important.
But whether new evidence helps Michael's case
depends on who's looking at it.
The DPP makes the choices. That could be you.
-Jimmy, who the hell is this?
-I don't know.
-Well, who did they go to?
-The approach was a text.
From a phone that doesn't exist.
You could go big.
-What did you just say?
-Rudy wrote to me.
He said he knew I was like a father to you and he wanted me
to show you the way when he's gone.
-He's not dead.
-So, he's watching you.
We all are.
-I'm not doing this.
-You wouldn't be here if that were true.
It's been 20 years.
There's a perfect storm coming. Your wife is being head-hunted.
The first black Director of Public Prosecutions is a real possibility.
-She wouldn't do it.
We have shared history... All of us.
There's a new witness. We don't know who. If she IS the new DPP...
Like I said - a perfect storm.
She still has no idea why you met. Or who you were.
Get out of our lives...and stay out.
If you...if you hurt my brother, all of my brothers are coming for you.
-ALL: No more!
-ALL: No more!
-ALL: No more!
-No more, I say!
-ALL: No more!
If you don't move, I'll have you removed.
I'm looking for a Michael Antwi.
Michael, are you all right?
-How can Rudy be a vegetable?
-They shouldn't say that.
-It says he's a cabbage.
-This man says he's a guinea pig.
-No, he's not a guinea pig.
-It says that he's a guinea pig.
They tried new drugs on him and now he's a cabbage.
-Shut up, Dan.
See you tomorrow.
Nick? It's me. Erm, I don't know where you are...
Can you come and get me, please?
'Nick? It's me. Erm, I don't know where you are...
'Can you come and get me, please?' PHONE VIBRATES
-Erm, hello. This is Dr Elliot at the hospital.
-It's your father. I think perhaps you should be here.
-I love you so much.
-I love you, too.
When did he die?
He's not dead. He's pulling through.
And is that why you wanted me?
It's my birthday...
-..and you've forgotten!
I'll make it up. I'll make it up to you.
-Happy birthday, darling!
-Did you suspect?
-Happy birthday to us!
ALL: Happy birthday!
-Happy birthday, Mummy!
-I'm so much younger than you.
-What are best friends for, darling?
-Wrestling with. And racing against. That kind of thing.
-What are you talking about?
-Maybe we could do some wrestling later.
It would go against everything you've done for your entire career.
-Yeah, that, too.
No, I just mean being the DPP. Prosecuting people.
First black DPP. That would be really something, wouldn't it?
But Maya doesn't have some kind of duty to all black people...
Stop and search, that would be a good place to start.
Well, maybe the paper you work for could talk about that, Julia?
Daddy let Rocco run away and then a man brought him back
-and then we decided not to tell you.
What man? Nick?
You know it was, it was practically a kidnapping, all right?
Rocco was out of my sight for 30 seconds.
Well, we should give him chocolates or something. Did you get his name?
-Dad's useless at mum stuff.
-Your father is a wonderful man.
-Mum. Ella's going to be sick.
-Dan, Dan, I'm not going to be sick.
-Dad, get a bucket.
-I'm not going to be sick.
-I'm not going to be sick, calm down.
When we were first together, I'd go to the women's pond,
really early in the morning, before anyone else was there,
and swim out as far as I could and I would just...I would just shout,
as loud as I could.
Well, it wasn't that loud, cos it was really cold, but...
And one day, I got there a bit earlier than usual
and the lifeguard was just arriving and she heard me shouting...
-Don't tell me!
-She rescued me! She lifeguarded the hell out of me.
And I couldn't say, "Look, stop.
"Don't worry, don't worry! It's just love."
So, I let myself be saved.
Hey. You know this, erm, this DPP thing?
-Is there something you're not telling me?
Well? Well, what?
I'm not telling you.
-Oh, come on. You always tell me everything.
Hey, hold on.
Do you know what?
-Why don't we just go now?
-It's the middle of the night.
Yeah, yeah, I know, but it'd be like the good old days,
when the kids were little.
-Go on. Yes!
-Are you tired? Shall I drive?
-No, no, no, I'm fine.
Come on, boy.
All right, all right.
It's Dr Elliot. I'm afraid I've got bad news.
He died a few moments ago.
Are you OK?
-He did do a wee, didn't he?
Who called you?
Dad, let's do our song.
# Hush, little baby Don't say a word
-Gonna buy you a mockingbird
-# And if that...
-Mockingbird don't sing
-# Daddy's gonna...
-Buy you a diamond ring
-# And if that diamond ring...
-# Daddy's going to buy you... #
Oh, yes. Finally! Come on.
-Wait, Dan. Wait, wait!
Are you faster than me? Do you think you're faster than me?
Come on, Rocco!
Dan, can you wait? Wait for me!
Woo! It's windy!
I told Rudy we'd be here.
-The word. The word I couldn't remember.
You know I do the work I do because you make it possible.
From now on, no wasting time, no wasted words,
no friends I don't like. And you better watch out, Nicholas Johnson,
because I am going to love you very bloody hard.
-It's all right. It's going to be all right.
THEY BREATHE HEAVILY
You can't have me back. You can't.
I love my family too much. And Maya...
She matters more than anything in the world.
I know that. And that's fine.
We just want you to share with us what she's thinking.
You know the beauty of this?
20 years of normal life makes for very deep cover.
It's 20 years since you left us...for love.
Now, I would call what you've made in those years
something pretty close to happiness. We would hate to destroy that.
We really would.
-I don't...I don't have to do this.
-No, no, I can just tell her.
After 20 years of lying...
..do you think any of you would survive that?
Cos that's the only question, isn't it?
And what would it do to Dan?
You mean everything to that boy.
Oi, oi, oi! Come, come, come, come, come. Thank you, thank you.
-All right, you get the box.
-It depends, is it too heavy?
No, it's light. Use your mucles. There you go.
Don't leave your bags in the hallway!
Right, OK. Well, just...just give me five minutes, Jimmy.
Nick...they want to interview me.
And they need an answer.
-I'm not going to do it, unless you agree.
We have to decide this together.
You remember Carter.
Welcome back, Detective Sergeant.
For the past twenty years Maya Cobbina has defended Rudy Jones, a man falsely imprisoned for murder. Today he is to be executed by lethal injection in Louisiana. Rudy's parting words are "Go big" - he wants her to change the system that allows such injustices to occur.
With Rudy's appeal ringing in her ears, Maya returns to London and discovers that she's been pegged to take the role of director of public prosecutions, a prominent position that might allow her to finally bring to justice the death of her friend Michael Antwi, a charismatic anti-racism campaigner.
Maya's husband Nick Johnson is a man dedicated to his wife and children. When a hidden past threatens to destroy his world, to what lengths will he go to protect his family?