Brief Lives

Brief Lives    |   Tom Fry and Sharon Kelly 8 series . 41 episode(s)

Series of plays by Tom Fry and Sharon Kelly set in a Manchester legal practice and chronicling the adventures of Frank Twist and his extraordinary bunch of legal reps. The Agency operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, dispatching legal representatives to set free burglars, muggers, murderers and even some innocent people who find themselves on the wrong side of a cell door.

Series 1
01 | When Dee Dee’s estranged son is arrested for shoplifting, only his stepfather Frank Twist can come to the rescue.
02 | When new recruit Debbie joins the team, she ruffles more than a few feathers.
03 | Ben defends a suspected wife beater, to Sarah’s annoyance.
04 | Frank gets Debbie out of trouble, but Sarah is unsympathetic.

Series 2
01 | Frank tries to get one of his friends a job and Debbie questions a celebrity client.
02 | Sarah puts her principles on hold as she represents a suspected rapist.
03 | Fat Doug lends a helping hand and Greg and Frank have double trouble.
04 | Matters come to a head when Fat Doug comes to visit.

Series 3
01 | Frank’s best mate Mickey has finally met a young Russian woman who will put up with him, his music and his socks. But is she just using him?
02 | Debby is representing a posh, middle aged good time girl who has been held at the airport on suspected drugs charges. She says she has friends in high places. But will they help her?
03 | Sarah is called to an army base to deal with a violent incident between two female soldiers. Who is telling the truth? And Doug goes to bat for Frank’s son Louis when he’s accused of being a serial biter in the nursery.
04 | Frank is chipper; he’s finally got his own parking space at the local nick. Life doesn’t get any better.

Series 4
01 | When a pop entrepreneur is arrested for alleged fraud Frank discovers a personal connection.
02 | A young teacher is accused of having an affair with a sixth former. This is now a criminal offence and the teacher stands to lose more than his career. To make matters worse the pupil’s mother seems to have given her blessing to the affair and theoretically she could be charged with aiding and abetting.
03 | Frank and Declan both stand witness for things they are unsure about. How much does this compromise them?
04 | By Eve Steele and Ed Jones. A sixty year old photographer is accused of assaulting his financial advisor. Emotional triangle? Or Baby Boomer revenge?
05 | A right wing academic is accused of assault and this leads to a personal and ethical crisis for Sarah Gold.
06 | A youth is arrested for attempted murder and Doug attempts to bring Shakespeare to the inner city. They seem unconnected but end up colliding with tragic consequences for our star crossed lovers.

Series 5
01 | A community interpreter’s girlfriend is arrested for assaulting a police officer, but as Sarah investigates, she discovers the case is far from straightforward.
02 | By Eve Steele. The team steps in when two estranged parents resort to fighting over their child at an airport. While it initially seems like the fallout from a tug-of-love case involving a foreign father, Sarah makes a discovery that points toward abuse of the infant.
03 | Declan investigates when a man wants his estranged daughter arrested for defrauding him out of hundreds of pounds worth of gifts, while a saddened Frank visits his ailing father figure.
04 | A marijuana operation is discovered at Bella Houghton’s farm and she insists she knows nothing about it. However, suspicion falls on her two grown-up sons.
05 | When a female athletics coaching team is hounded by vicious online slurs and sexual innuendo, legal advisers investigate who the culprit could be.

Series 6
01 | A local councillor is caught selling drugs in what seems on the surface to be a straightforward case, and streetwise kid Ronnie is brought on board as a rep.
02 | Frank is called in to represent a man with a history as a sex offender, but the case is complicated by the fact that the man is a teacher and his wife has recently given birth to their baby. Meanwhile, Sarah goes on a date with a younger man.
03 | Ronnie discovers her long-lost younger sister living in a quayside apartment in the affluent area of Salford and questions how she can afford to live there. Meanwhile, Frank finds out about Sarah’s new partner and is not pleased.
04 | A woman brought in for drink driving is revealed to be the wife of an old school friend of Frank’s. Questions begin to arise in relation to her slowly emerging black eye.
05 | Sarah prepares for her trip abroad with new boyfriend Paul. Meanwhile, Frank gets a big shock when he is called in to represent a computer hacker.
06 | Frank and Sarah are called into Manchester Central for questioning – the start of a Kafkaesque journey for the pair.

Series 7
01 | Frank is recovering from a stroke and desperate to return to work, while Sarah’s beauty parlour seems to be harbouring a secret.
02 | By Nuala O’Sullivan. Legal advisor Sarah is called to defend a man accused of arson, and Cheryl helps Frank with his rehabilitation.
03 | A high-powered lawyer and her daughter are arrested for possession of drugs after a house party. When the paralegals investigate, they discover a host of other motives.
04 | A teenager is questioned by police when an indecent image of his girlfriend goes viral. However, what appears to be a straightforward case quickly takes a more serious turn.
05 | Sarah clashes with her sister over the care of her father, with whom she has always had a difficult relationship. Meanwhile, Frank and Cheryl make a momentous decision about their future.
06 | Frank and Cheryl prepare to leave, but may find that leaving their pasts behind them is not an easy task.

Series 8
01 | A young woman from a financially privileged background is charged for protesting against the fur trade in the nude | her brief, Ronnie (played by Rachel Austin), finds she shares more than she thought possible with her client. The woman’s stepmother is brought in to the same station facing a possible charge of keeping slaves on her property only for a far more shocking connection to fathers and daughters to emerge.
02 | Frank and Sarah head for the country to celebrate a friend’s 80th birthday, but their visit sees them drawn into a decades-old family tragedy.
03 | Frank’s friend Mickey organises a surprise birthday party for his young wife Magda – but she is implicated in a crime that might blow their marriage apart. Meanwhile, Ronnie becomes involved with a charismatic older man who runs a voluntary organisation.
04 | A black teenager is arrested for the suspected murder of his friend. It seems the two had an argument over a mobile phone that got out of hand, though as both are the sons of senior policemen, the case is anything but straightforward.
05 | A journalist is arrested for being in possession of a police disciplinary report. He believes this reveals police corruption. He wants Frank to help him stop a massive cover up. But Frank needs some persuading.

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