‘Silk’ Series 3 Episode 4 review

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On Silk this week Martha had to defend a young Muslim man facing extradition to the US on terrorism charges.

One couldn’t expect too much from this plot as its themes have been covered numerous times on television in recent years, but we finally got to see the potentially catastrophic result of Martha’s heart ruling her head.

Backing this young man to the very end may have got her the verdict she wanted, but it turned out she had her blinkers on when Clive dropped the bombshell that her client may have been involved in a terrorism plot after all. He had a hand in the deaths of innocent people, and thanks to Martha he’s a free man. The look he shot her on his way out of court was chilling.

Martha’s always saved the day until this point, but now she’s been stung could we be seeing a hardened Martha from here on out? It would be a much-needed character arc for her, as she seems to have levelled off somewhat this series.

Things went from bad to worse for Billy as junior Amy made an official complaint against him for propositioning her last week. His illness and loveable swagger aside, it’s hard to feel sorry for him. His actions were those of a man who reckoned he’d get away with it, and despite his plea to Martha to help him, it’s a tiny bit satisfying to know that he’s being called up on his behaviour.

Caroline’s drinking (I knew it wasn’t water in those bottles!) was thrown in our faces so often in this episode that it’s only a matter of time before it starts to affect Shoe Lane, and Clive’s career ladder-climbing continued (with a little help from Harriet). There’s only so much one can take of Clive’s innocent, bemused face every time he gets a leg up. He claims to love Martha but seems prepared to go against her at every turn for the sake of a possible promotion.

When it comes down to it – which it most likely will – will he choose the woman he loves or his career? I’m saying the latter. Plus he’s always got Harriet to comfort him in that department.

Aired at 9pm on Monday 17 March 2014 on BBC One.

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