Trial & Retribution

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Trial & Retribution
Format Crime drama
Created by Lynda La Plante
Starring David Hayman
Victoria Smurfit
Kate Buffery
Dorian Lough
Mark Smith
Inday Ba
Sarah Ozeke
Country of origin UK
No. of series 12
No. of episodes 22 (List of episodes)
Running time (approx.) 2 hours
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 4:3, 16:9
Original run 19 October 1997 –
13 February 2009

Trial & Retribution is a feature-length ITV police procedural television drama series that began in 1997. It was devised and written by Lynda La Plante as a follow-on from her successful television series Prime Suspect. Each episode of the Trial & Retribution series is broadcast over two nights. The 2008 series 10 had 10 episodes, the longest run of the drama so far. The latest series was number 12 which aired in February 2009.


Police officers[edit]

  • DCSI Michael "Mike" Walker played by David Hayman, from 1997 to 2009.
  • DCI Róisín Connor played by Victoria Smurfit, from 2003 to 2009.
  • DI Pat North played by Kate Buffery, from 1997 to 2002.
  • DS David "Satch" Satchell played by Dorian Lough, from 1997 to 2009.
  • DS Sam Palmer played by Vince Leigh, from 2007 to 2009.
  • DS Jeff Batchley played by Paul Kynman, from 1998 to 2002.
  • DS Barbara MacKenzie played by Barbara Thorn from 1998 to 2003.
  • DC Lisa West played by Inday Ba from 2002 to 2003 and Sarah Ozeke from 2004 to 2007.
  • DC Vivien Watkins played by Sandra James-Young from 1999 to 2002.
  • DC Doug Collins played by James Simmons from 2000 to 2002.
  • DC Jack Hutchens played by George Asprey from 1998 to 1999.

Forensic officers[edit]


  • Derek Waugh played by Nicholas Blane from 1997 to 2002.
  • Robert Rylands played by Corin Redgrave from 1997 to 2002.
  • Willis Fletcher played by David Fleeshman from 1997 to 2002.
  • Rupert Halliday played by Simon Callow from 1998 to 2002.


  • Judge Winfield played by George Pensotti from 1997 to 2005.


Every episode is unique, while the plot is often complicated. There is frequent use of split screen, normally three images in one screen. Similar effects are frequently used in other TV-series such as 24 and Spooks, and, more recently in the ITV police-soap series, The Bill.

The camera angles used in the split-screen configuration of Trial & Retribution have tended to be used to present the situation from different perspectives e.g.:

  • Angle from the suspects.
  • Angle from behind and in front of the characters.
  • Angle from the crime-scene.
  • Angle from different sides of the town.

Series and episodes[edit]

List of Trial & Retribution episodes

DVD releases[edit]

DVD Name Ep# Region 2 Region 1
The First Collection 4 27 September 2004 30 September 2008
The Second Collection 4 14 March 2005 3 March 2009
The Third Collection 3 1 September 2008 27 October 2009
The Fourth Collection 3 27 December 2008 15 June 2010
The Fifth Collection 4 2 February 2009 19 June 2012
The Sixth Collection 4 30 March 2009 1 January 2013

Trial & Retribution is distributed by Acorn Media Group.

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