The BEST Episodes of Defending the Guilty

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2021

Network: BBC Two

Will Packham is an idealistic pupil barrister - or idealistic for now. Can Will hold onto his principles and prove he has what it takes?

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Episode 5

#1 - Episode 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 15, 2019

Chambers is putting the pupils through their paces in a professionally acted mock trial. Will learns the brutal art of cross-examination from Caroline - only to find it’s a skill he needs in his personal life too.

star 7.80
20 votes
Episode 6

#2 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 22, 2019

It’s the day the pupils get ‘on their feet': addressing a court for the first time. But Will is reeling from the break-up of his relationship - and wondering whether the law is really for him.

star 7.63
19 votes
Episode 4

#3 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 8, 2019

A series of odd incidents on the Tube lands Caroline and Will with a hard-to-read client. Harmless crank or weirdo perv? Meanwhile, Ashley is making political moves, and Will tries to get to know Caroline better, only to wish he hadn’t.

star 7.61
23 votes
Episode 2

#4 - Episode 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 24, 2019

As Will grapples with whether to tell his girlfriend about his recent indiscretion, his new-found notoriety throws up a juicy opportunity. Meanwhile, Caroline wonders how much to let the jury know about a particularly unappealing client.

star 7.37
27 votes
Episode 3

#5 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 1, 2019

Caroline and Will take on a last-minute case, only to find themselves in a battle with the clock, a skittish victim, and an underfunded system to bring a horrible criminal to justice. Meanwhile, the pupils’ battle for tenancy heats up, alliances are formed, and things get dirty.

star 7.16
25 votes
Episode 1

#6 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 19, 2018

Will is a pupil barrister. His boss doesn't respect him, his clients are all guilty, and he is fighting for his job. He is starting to wonder if he has got what it takes.

star 7.15
33 votes