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Public Enemies
Public Enemies“A stark, perfectly-delivered and tense
  heavyweight BBC television drama,
  now making its debut on DVD, Public
  Enemies
follows a convicted murder,
  released from prison on probation,
  who desperately wants to find his way
  back to normality..
.”

A HARD-HITTING DRAMA SCREENED over a three-day period to great critical acclaim by the BBC in January (2012), the riveting Public Enemies looks at the effects of the British Justice system on the lives of those who are part of it.

Created by multi-award winning writer Tony Marchant (Holding On; Garrow's Law), Public Enemies stars two of the top British acting talents of the moment. Probation Officer Paula Radnor (Anna Friel: Limitless; Pushing Daisies) has returned from a three-month suspension and is given the supervision of Eddie Mottram (Daniel Mays: Shifty; Vera Drake), who was convicted of killing his 17-year-old girlfriend, Georgia Whiteley, and has served ten years.

Public Enemies is
a complex, gripping and
incredibly moving drama
that benefits from a
tightly-woven storyline and superb
British acting talent
Paula had been suspended following the killing of a young woman, Sandra, by the heartless Philip Pointer (Glen Davies), whose case she was supposed to be managing and who had disappeared off her radar long enough to commit the murder. Now it seems she is under scrutiny from everybody as she takes on yet another convicted murderer.

Haunted by what happened to Sandra and anxious to prove herself to her team and her senior Marion Sharmer (Lorraine Ashbourne), Paula is determined not to put a foot wrong; but she has not taken into account the complicated case she is just about to become too personally involved with.

Eddie's sister Kelly (Georgina Rich) picks him up as he is paroled, and gradually introduces him back to her two daughters. She doesn't believe for one moment her brother was guilty; and Eddie, having done everything that was asked of him, now wants to start his life over again.

Nothing is simple and Eddie finds frustrations in dealing with Paula and Colin Bolt (Terence Maynard), manager of the hostel in which he is living. Even when Paula gets him a job, it comes with complications in the shape of the seductive Jade (Aisling Loftus), whom he neglects to tell that he's a convicted murderer.

Meeting with old friends Darren Nunn (Joel Fry) and Glen Smithfield (Nick Blood) gives him deeper anxieties than when he accidentally crosses paths with Georgia's parents, Mr and Mrs Whiteley (Peter Wright and Barbara Marten).

Eddie is a tough character determined to get his life back and make something of himself. His resentment of those who judge him and his former solicitor Trevor Brotherton (Nicholas Gleaves), who may believe he is innocent, threatens to spill out and put Eddie back inside — especially when he begins to change his story.

Becoming more involved than she should be, Paula may be able to help Eddie reclaim his life and his reputation. Or can she? Will the convicted murderer end up back inside and living the life he is so desperate to escape from?

Public Enemies is a complex, gripping and incredibly moving drama that benefits from a tightly-woven storyline and superb British acting talent.

Public Enemies also features: John Flanagan as Mr Arnold; Joanna Bacon as Mrs Arnold; Priyanga Burford as Panel Chairman; Nathan Constance as Bryan Willcott; Bethan Mary-James as Checkout Girl; Barnaby Kay as Will; Grace Willis as Sadie Hay; Joe Armstrong as Ben Somers; Romy Irving as Abbey; Abbie Fox as Jessie; and Roy Smiles as Mr Stiles (Garden Centre Manager). Produced by Julia Stannard and Directed by Dearbhla Walsh.

A hard-hitting drama dealing with the effects of the British Justice system on the lives of those who become part of it, Public Enemies comes to DVD courtesy of Arrow Films on 30 April 2012. Certificate: 15 | Running Time: 180 Minutes | RRP: £15.99 | Catalogue Number FCD631.

"Public Enemies is a complex, gripping and incredibly moving drama that benefits from a tightly-woven storyline and superb British acting talent" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

"Brilliantly acted and directed, this is British drama at its best" — TV Times

"Hard-hitting… Marchant's handling of a dark, highly politicised subject was deft" — The Telegraph

"You'll be hooked from the start" — Heat