Close & True- 2000


Robson Green stars as John Close, a well meaning but inexperienced solicitor who takes over the running of a run down Newcastle legal practice. The series unites Robson with one of the North East's most celebrated actors, James Bolam, who plays Graham True, the founding partner of the practice John takes over and who now happily resides in a mental hospital and becomes an unlikely mentor for John Close.

John has spent ten years working in London as a commercial solicitor - a job he hates and isn't particularly good at. Whilst on a diving holiday in Malta where John has been trying to overcome his fear of water (the first break from the rat race he's had in years), he receives a call from Steve Sheedy, his best friend from Newcastle. Steve has been charged with attempted murder and begs John to help him. John can't let his best friend down, but he has no experience of criminal law and he soon finds himself way out of his depth.

Along the way John collides with the offices of Simons & True, a ramshackle legal aid practice run by chaotic solicitor Colin Simons. Simons offers John a desk and a phone for the three days leading to Steve's trial, and John finds himself being drawn into office life, giving Simons a cheque to cover feisty barrister Ibi Badgioni's expenses. By the end of the first 90 minute episode, Simons has fled the country, leaving a heap of unpaid bills and two unpaid and surly secretaries. And, much to John's amazement, he finds himself agreeing to take the practice over...

John Close