Common

TWO sons. Two mothers.

“I thought they were going for a pizza…”

If you have plans for Sunday night, cancel them now.

Common (BBC1, 9pm Sunday) is yet another classic drama by writer Jimmy McGovern.

Matched by the talents of a cast including Nico Mirallegro, Susan Lynch, Daniel Mays and Jodhi May, plus director David Blair.

The 90-minute film tells the story of Johnjo O’Shea, played by Nico, who gives his cousin and two mates a lift to get a pizza.

But Johnjo is unaware his three passengers are going to “have a word” with a local loudmouth.

As he sits outside waiting in the car for his pizza, one of the trio takes offence to a young innocent bystander and stabs him.

Julie Walters as Emma Watts QC

WHAT will your verdict be?

Back in January 2002 I attended the launch of a new ITV1 drama series called The Jury.

Written by Peter Morgan, whose subsequent credits include The Last King Of Scotland, The Queen, Longford, The Other Boleyn Girl, Frost/Nixon, The Damned United and The Special Relationship.

Last week I attended the launch of a new ITV1 drama series also called The Jury.

Or what in the big screen world would be called The Jury 2.

Peter’s follow up to his original series.

He was there along with leading lady Julie Walters, who plays defence barrister Emma Watts.