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Monday, 29 March 2010

Corrie's legal eagle quizzed on Gail - jail or bail?

If you've ever wondered how Coronation Street gets its storylines to adhere to the law, wonder no more. Barrister Paul Dockery of Manchester's 18 St John Street Chambers is the adviser to Coronation Street’s script writers on the legal aspects of the show.

Paul said: “It all started about six years ago when I was chatting to my friend [Coronation Street archivist] Helen Nugent,” he relates. “It was the day after Les Battersby was in court and I was passing comment on some factual inaccuracies and she said they’d call me in for the next large legal story.”

Since then he's has been called upon to advise on some of Corrie's biggest storylines involving a string of murderers, ­kidnap and several assaults. Most recently he's helped scriptwriters on the saga facing Gail, who is facing trial for the murder of her husband Joe. “Everybody wants to know whether Gail gets convicted,” says Dockery. “Even judges in the ­magistrates’ court have asked me that question, but I can’t say.”

A perk of being the show’s legal adviser is that Dockery gets to appear as an extra. The first time he appeared on the soap he sat between characters Cilla Battersby and Norris Cole in the court gallery; in a later appearance he told Gail that her son must face trial for pushing her down the stairs. His first speaking part came when Corrie bad girl Tracy ­Barlow was sentenced to life for the ­murder of her boyfriend Charlie Stubbs. Tracy will reappear in the show in May as Gail’s cellmate.

“That would never happen in real life,” Paul says. “Gail’s on remand and Tracy has a life sentence, so they wouldn’t end up sharing a cell.”

3 comments:

gab said...

exactly wot i thought about them sharing a cell-so wots the point of having a legal expert in when ytheyre not following his advice

Anonymous said...

Ther is no wayany jury could convict on solely circustantial evidence. Nobody was present at the time oif Jioe's death except Gail, but this has not been proved. Evidence given by Trace Barlow is only heasay ang it all stems on tnbe premise of the word of a convicted murderer against the word of a hitherto blamless woman.. I assume th judge did a summing up before sending the jury to consider its verdict. This was not seen on TV, but I am sure he would have directed the jury towards a Not Guilty verdict. In my opinion a Guilty verdict would be very unsafe, aand likely to be overturned by an appeal court

Annie said...

Having a consultant is no guarantee of either accuracy or believability. The stories come first, despite the research, as I know from painful example.

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