Despite the red robe and wig, Judge John Deed is no average high court judge. Good-looking, fit and fifty-something, he has a rakish charm that belies his sharp intellect. His passion for justice and his maverick approach set him at odds with the Lord Chancellor's department. This judge's individual approach too often flies in the face of convention for his own good as he determinedly avoids the traditionalism the system tries to force upon him.
Did You Know?
The factual accuracy of the series is often criticised by legal professionals and journalists; many of the decisions taken by Deed (Martin Shaw
) are unlikely to happen in a real court. The romanticised vision of the court system created by G.F. Newman
caused a judge to issue a warning to a jury not to let the series influence their view of trials-referring to an episode where Deed flouts rules when called up for jury service. See more
Judge John Deed
[sentencing the producer of a TV game show after a contestant has died
Celebrity. The pursuit of the talentless, by the mindless. It's become a disease of the twenty-first century. It pollutes our society, and it diminishes all who seek it, and all who worship it. And you must bear some of the responsibility for foisting this empty nonsense onto a gullible public.
Referenced in Screenwipe: Episode #2.3