Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

When a Judge Lets His Defences Down

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

When a Judge Lets His Defences Down

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Byline: TERRY RAMSEY

Judge John Deed 8pm, BBC1

GOODNESS, how stupid can a man be? And if a judge can be as idiotic as Smug John Deed (Martin Shaw) in tonight's story, what hope is there for the rest of us? Of course, by now we all know the judge loves to break the rules - so if he frequently meets girlfriend barrister Jo Mills, even though she is presenting a case before him and they're not supposed to have contact, we know it is par for the course.

However, when he spends the night with the woman victim in a rape case he is hearing, that really is kicking down the fences. Even Deed admits: "I've done something pretty stupid, even by my stupid standards."

All this impropriety, however, comes well into an episode that initially concentrates on the rape trial and the case of a man who has attacked and killed a paedophile in prison. Oh yes, and Jo Mills's less-than-thrilling private life, which takes up a big chunk of the action.

Let's be honest, she's as dull as a bowl of cardboard, and it is really hard to see what Smug sees in her. But whatever it is, he's not alone... another man is smitten with her.

Followers of the series will know that Mills (Jenny Seagrove) is caring for Michael, the son of a client who died in the last series. She wants to adopt him. But tonight the boy's father suddenly turns up from South Africa.

Once she gets over the shock, Mills notices that not only is he handsome, he is gentle, courteous, caring and happy to spend time with her - everything Deed isn't.

And, of course, the more she sees her new man, the more it winds up the judge, provoking his night of madness, putting his career in jeopardy.

The poor judge really needs to look at his behaviour, but even his therapist can't help him."Sex is some deep pathology you are suffering," she tells him.

And she should know... she's slept with him too.

Fahrenheit 9/11 9pm, Channel 4

If you only watch this for the unedited sequence in which President George Bush wrestles to comprehend the 9/11 attack, it is worth it. The dumbstruck appearance and apparent emptiness of his brain are both funny and scary. …

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