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A crime drama, The Brief follows Henry Farmer, a barrister, as he attempts to balance his messy personal life and intense career. Henry is charged with the task of handling tough cases that include proving a suicide was actually a murder, an accused individual in a twisted triangle is actually innocent and an accused man did not commit rape.

In between handling these cases, Henry finds himself under the weight of gambling debt, alimony payments and a derailed love life, but somehow he manages to keep his life in one piece.

ITV
1 Season, 8 Episodes
April 25, 2004
Crime, Drama
7.6/10
Cast: Alan Davies, Cherie Lunghi, Christopher Fulford, Linda Bassett
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  • With almost no evidence in hand, Henry's case against an accused rapist falls to pieces, and the civil action he takes up on behalf of the victim tears his life apart. Couch surfing and fiscally reeling, he is unprepared to see his father is seriously ill.

  • Henry defends a nurse accused of murdering an elderly patient who added her to his will two day before his death. Unfortunately, she's determined to speak out and clear her name no matter what Henry says.

  • Henry's newest client, a sufferer Asperger's syndrome accused of murdering his mother, may be the only habitually honest person involved in the case. Revelations of adultery and a suspicious bruise complicate matters almost as much as Henry's own life.

  • Defense attorney Henry Farmer knows all about train wrecks: his love life has derailed, and his financial situation has crashed, leaving him temporarily homeless. Now he must deal with his own father as a witness in the trial of a train driver.

  • Henry works on the appeal for a man convicted of killing his partner in a twisted sexual triangle, while his own love triangle takes on a few new twists of its own. A missing Ferrari, long-hidden secrets, and difficult clients all push Henry to his limits.

  • Henry deals with new money troubles, an increasingly tangled affair, and accusations of misconduct in his latest case. This time he's helping an angry dad who believes his daughter was raped and murdered at a party overseas, but things aren't as they seem.

  • Struggling under tons of gambling and alimony debt, criminal defense attorney Henry Farmer takes on a raft of cases all at the same time. Worse still, he's up against some tough judges--including his own estranged father.

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