ITV's Ray of Sunshine; IN DEFENCE (Carlton, 9pm)

By Mr, Graham Young | Birmingham Evening Mail (England), July 3, 2000 | Go to article overview

ITV's Ray of Sunshine; IN DEFENCE (Carlton, 9pm)


Mr, Graham Young, Birmingham Evening Mail (England)


So, it wasn't a bad start by any means last week for old Ross Kemp at the beginning of his second major role for ITV. Especially for midsummer.

It's all a bit contrived, of course, but the performances look set to make this legal eagle series work.

Having clashed last week in court, jobless lawyer Sam Lucas (Kemp) tonight just happens to get another post at the same firm as his ex-lover Bernie Kramer (Sophie Okonedo).

Then he winds her up by taking on one of her cases.

The cycle begins when Kramer receives a request from an old friend of her boss that she handle a sexual harassment case being brought against his son.

But, while she is out of the office meeting a new client, a young woman, Alex, arrives in the office waiting to see her.

Thoroughly fed up with the mundane work that has been coming his way, Lucas swoops.

Duchess or demon?

WALLIS SIMPSON: THE DEMONISED DUCHESS (Channel 4, 9pm)

When Wallis Simpson died at her home in Paris in 1986 at the grand old age of four score and ten, it closed the final chapter on the most explosive love story of the 20th century.

This American divorcee, whose motto was 'you can never be too rich or too thin' had won the heart of the Prince of Wales and, in doing so, precipitated a constitutional crisis that still makes headlines today.

Wallis effectively stole the King of England - and the Royal Family never forgave her.

But was she, as has been suggested, a fascist, a spy, a dominatrix, a prostitute or even a man!

Did she walk willingly into the pages of history - or was she pushed?

After the Duke of Windsor died in 1972, the woman born Bessie Wallis Warfield went into decline and she spent her last years in a virtual coma.

Her friends were kept away by her lawyer and neither her family, nor that of her husband attempted to visit her.

Wallis Simpson was buried next to Edward VII at Frogmore in Windsor, in the grounds of Queen Victoria's Mausoleum. …

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