The Jury 2011

“I just felt like writing another one.”

Award-winning Peter Morgan talking about The Jury, which begins on ITV1 at 9pm tonight.

“A trial brings people together in a way that really intrigued me.”

Peter wrote the first series of The Jury, screened in 2002.

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.

Michael Sheen as Tony Blair and Dennis Quaid as Bill Clinton

A final reminder – for those in the UK – to watch The Special Relationship on BBC2 tomorrow (Saturday) night.

With Michael Sheen starring for a third time as Tony Blair alongside Dennis Quaid as Bill Clinton in a film nominated for five Emmys.

I’ve posted three short audio files below from the round table interview with Michael last month at a London hotel.

Michael Sheen as Tony Blair

COULD Michael Sheen star as Tony Blair in a fourth film about the former prime minister?

I met up with Michael at a round table interview in London last month for a feature – still under embargo – to be published next week.

And also attended a special UK preview screening this week of The Special Relationship, the third in writer Peter Morgan’s trilogy about Blair after The Deal and The Queen.

Followed by a late night Q&A with Michael, Peter, producer Tracey Scoffield and Creative Director of BBC Films Christine Langan.