The Jury (2002)

Season 1 Episode 6

Episode Six

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Aired Sunday 9:30 PM Mar 18, 2002 on ITV
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Duvinder is taken to court. Eddie arrives at Johnnie's house and finds him passed out on the floor. Johnnie is concerned this means he will have to go back to rehab but Eddie tells him people slip a lot. The jurors arrive at court amidst the heaviest protesting yet. Elsie is not doing very well. Marcia and Ruby begin the road to recovery when Marcia calls her mother 'mum' and Ruby agrees to start again as a mother. Marion drops Peter off and gives him her father's number in case he wants to ring and ask what Michael wanted. Peter rips it up. Johnnie and Rose arrive but ignore each other. The jurors are led into the jury room and walk past the family of the victim, and the family of the accused.
Peter tells the group that he wants to start with the evidence left out of the closing arguments, and that Haines should be ignored as he is not on trial. The shoulder ripped out of the socket may have meant that Duvinder couldn't commit the crime, but he kept playing cricket. Warren tells them that Sikh martial arts teach to fight with both hands and he could have used his left hand. Some jurors believe the wounds are too random, while others believe this is a result of the left hand being used. The jurors re-enact the crime in the jury room and Peter asks why the sword was left somewhere completely different to where Duvinder was, if he did it. They discuss the 11 minutes that there are no witnesses for and conclude that Duvinder would only have had a few minutes to stab John Maher 28 times. Charles doesn't believe the evidence is conclusive enough. Hector speaks up as he tells them he was bullied and the scars have followed him all his life. Jessica and Jeremy have had the same experience. Derek isn't surprised that everyone who thinks Duvinder is innocent was bullied themselves. Johnnie, however, was a bully. Rose, also, knows what it is like to be bullied by jealousy and possession but it doesn't mean she wants to kill her husband.
The group begin discussing why they believe what they believe. Rose thinks it is Duvinder's calmness, Eva is sure it is his culture. Johnnie and Marcia defend the Sikh culture and claim Duvinder was confused and torn between being a Sikh and a regular English boy, which is why he threw away the turban and got his head shaved. Warren thinks it was because they were bloodstained. The Judge calls them in and tells them that, since a verdict has not been reached, he will accept a 10-2 or 11-1 vote.
After a lunch break, Johnnie asks for Peter's opinion. Peter wants to remain impartial, but since they are getting nowhere he agrees to tell them. He finds compelling evidence that the boy is guilty, but it is not compelling enough to convict. He finds character evidence, but no hard evidence that Duvinder is innocent. He says, however, that they cannot convict if they do not have enough proof. He asks them to search in their heart (which some find ridiculous) and remember their first instinct. His first instinct was that Duvinder was a frightened little boy who could maybe have cut once or twice in anger, but not committed the carnage of twenty-eight wounds. Peter, therefore, believes he is innocent. Elsie thinks that if everyone's watches were not synchronized, that could make up for the time difference. Derek asks who did kill Maher, but Peter tells him that they are not trying to find that out.
The jurors vote again. Johnnie, Marcia, Jeremy, Hector, Charles, Elsie, Jeremy and Peter vote not guilty. Warren joins them after a pause. Eva staunchly refuses to change her vote and Derek, a little less certainly, agrees. They realize Rose is the swing vote between a hung jury, and an innocent verdict. Johnnie wants to know why she has always believed Duvinder guilty and she says it is because she has spent six years with a man who people have felt sorry for, but who can still be extremely cruel. Johnnie asks her to listen to her instinct, and although Derek believes he is badgering her, she changes her vote to not guilty. Derek is not impressed as they have voted for a happy ending but not the right one. One by one, the jurors enter the court and Peter gives the verdict. The Maher brothers erupt in anger. Duvinder is discharged. Ron remains in a state of shock. As the verdict is made known, the protestors erupt.
Cording and Lewis exit the courtroom leaving the jurors alone. None of them want to go out into the violence outside. Everyone hugs and shakes hands as they say goodbye. Peter is the last to leave and meets up with Marion and Michael outside. Michael tells him that he spoke to some schoolchildren who are certain the divers never went into the tunnel. Peter tells him to go away and Michael does, after saying that it will pray on his conscience until he realises Duvinder was guilty. Peter catches a last look at the boy and wonders if Michael is right. Johnnie catches up to Rose outside and she tells him she needs more time. She kisses him, and walks off.
Later, the Singh family prepares to leave for the airport. Ron Maher is at their house with a gun, but does not kill Duvinder. He, himself, has a change of heart at the airport. Perhaps he believes the verdict, perhaps he is astonished at what he was going to do. Either way, as the plane takes off, Ron watches it and then shoots himself in the head.
Rose packs her bags and says goodbye to Len. She tells him that she can no longer be locked away and hidden from the world, that she was always devoted, and that he will now have to cope on his own. She leaves him. Jeremy is at home, drinking. Fiona asks him what is wrong and he tells her. Mark Waters' stock has gone through the roof and is at an exceptionally high price. Unfortunately, he pulled out of the deal after he didn't trust Mark. Fiona is, at first, angry that he was ever going to risk their lives again but tells him that they will have to accept what they have and that their money is gone forever. They will never get it back. Peter arrives at the canal, and begins searching through the water. He searches for hours, determined to find the evidence, which he fears he may have got wrong.
Six months later, the jurors reunite for Elsie's funeral. Charles – now a priest – gives the ceremony. He believes that it was an injustice that such a kind person should suffer, but Elsie gave her all to being at court and doing something for Duvinder, and them, even as she was dying. Afterward, Johnnie and Rose meet up. Johnnie is well on his way to being reformed, and Rose has her own salon. She gives him her number and he promises to call. Derek apologizes to Peter, he now believes Duvinder was innocent and he is sorry for having so little faith. Being worried, he asks Peter to confirm Duvinder was innocent and Peter does so.
As the jurors leave the churchyard, Peter watches them go with a concerned look on his face. Did he give the right verdict? Or was Duvinder guilty all along?

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    Paul Reynolds

    Paul Reynolds

    Warren Murphy, Juror #7

    William Hoyland

    William Hoyland

    Hector, Juror #10

    Nina Sosanya

    Nina Sosanya

    Marcia Thomas, Juror #4

    Nicholas Farrell

    Nicholas Farrell

    Jeremy Crawford, Juror #5

    Helen McCrory

    Helen McCrory

    Rose Davies, Juror #2

    Sylvia Syms

    Sylvia Syms

    Elsie Beamish, Juror #6

    Nick Bartlett

    Nick Bartlett

    Prison Officer

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    Glyn Dilley

    Glyn Dilley

    Court Official

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    Matt Dineen

    Matt Dineen

    Skinhead

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    Mark Strong

    Mark Strong

    Len Davies

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    Joanne Pearce

    Joanne Pearce

    Marion Segal

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    Shaughan Seymour

    Shaughan Seymour

    Judge

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