I watched the final episode of 'Silk' tonight on BBC1 and it was as compulsive viewing as I have found all the previous episodes. We were given this evening another glimpse into the amoral, corrupt world of a powerful Mafia-type criminal. We saw and listened to some 'professional' also-rans in the criminal world - a bent copper, a repellent, ruthless solicitor - and Billy, the Senior Clerk of the Law Chambers where Martha works. Martha, the incorruptible, astonishingly bright barrister has been defending the drug-dealer Mafia guy, who in this particular instance, Martha discovered to have been set up by the police. Billy, superbly played by Neil Stuke, is a morally dubious character we rather like, we viewers of 'Silk'. - We like so many of the characters and the actors who play them. We like the complexity of the plots and sub-plots woven into this Silken masterpiece, though our favourite, of course, is Martha (played by Maxine Peake).
Martha used her courageous wits tonight to battle against veiled and unveiled threats and bullying, to winnow out the truth from the lies of the baddies, won her case and kept her integrity unsullied. Billy, fighting a lonely battle with a recent frightening diagnosis of cancer, uses his sharpened awareness of his mortality to tell the Court that he has been bribed, repeatedly, by the solicitor for the defendant.
In the present moral climate we are constantly invited to regard morality as relative, to excuse our wrongdoing, whether small or large, by the assertion that everyone else does it, or would do it, given the opportunity. But this is not the case, is it? - Early in the day or late, we can change our path. There is no compulsion to keep on doing wrong, just because we think we are safe from being found out. - We can choose truth.