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Maya, a barrister in London, is at the very top of her profession. After years of acting as a defence lawyer, she is about to become the first black Director of Public Prosecutions – a role that requires her to be rigorous in her decisions, open in her thoughts and, above all, truthful in her actions. But her husband Nick is hiding a dark secret. Twenty years ago, he was a fearless and dedicated undercover police officer, infiltrating organisations considered a danger to society because of their political beliefs. And until he fell in love with her, Maya, a member of a leading black activist organisation, was one of his targets. Just as her life comes under intense public scrutiny, Maya discovers that Nick has been lying to her for years. At the same time a case that has dominated her career is about to reach its conclusion. Rudy Jones, a black man in America wrongly convicted of murdering a white politician, has spent the last 20 years on death row. The date has been set for his execution. As she fights to save Rudy and discovers more about her husband’s past, Maya begins to realise there are bigger forces at work. An intricate web of corruption involving the police, the press and politicians begins to unfold. The clock is ticking. Can Maya find out the truth before it is too late? And if she does, will her family ever be safe?
For the past 20 years Maya Cobbina has defended Rudy Jones, a man falsely imprisoned for murder. Today he is to be executed by lethal injection in Louisiana. Rudy’s parting words are “Go big” - he wants her to change the system that allows such injustices to occur. With Rudy’s appeal ringing in her ears, Maya returns to London and discovers that she’s been pegged to take the role of Director of Public Prosecutions. Maya’s husband Nick Johnson is a man dedicated to his wife and children. When a hidden past threatens to destroy his world, to what lengths will he go to protect his family?
As Maya continues her fight, the establishment begins to fear the light she threatens to shine on them. Sickened by his act of betrayal, Nick can only reflect on the actions that led him to this point. In 1996 Nick was a fearless undercover officer, whose hard work was undermined by a radical young lawyer. On his next assignment, spying on an antiracist organisation, he finds himself face to face with that lawyer, Maya. Nick’s feelings for Maya develop and he struggles to keep the professional and the personal separate, questioning his own beliefs, as a black man within the police force.
A mystery witness makes contact with Maya, forcing her to re-examine everything she thought she knew about the case. Maya must put the past to one side in order to fight the US authorities, but her return brings a disappointment and a revelation that’ll rock her marriage. Nick is thrown sideways when a ghost from his past approaches him. Faced with the possibility that his secret life is going to be blown open, Nick makes a decision to protect his family. Meanwhile, in 1996, the efforts of Maya’s journalist best friend to shine a light on the Antwi story is thwarted, by the establishment.
Terrified Maya might be close to discovering his secret, Nick controls the situation with a devastating lie. Taking solace in work, Maya continues to search for the witness. What had Maya missed all those years ago? Far from shining light on the case, her investigation leads to a shocking fact that forces her personal and professional life to collide. Maya makes a call she knows might change her life forever. Who is her husband?
As Maya continues to fight the State authorities, all seems lost until a stranger appears with new information that forces Maya to question her understanding and uncovers links between her two cases. Spurred on to discover the truth, Maya must go bigger, but is it too late? Nick’s secret is threatened by someone close and he can only watch as a vital bit of intelligence is revealed that could destroy Maya’s work. Is there any way back for the family?
Maya’s trust is in tatters, but all her cards are played out. Can she find the strength for the final fight and change the course of US Justice? And when the final piece of the jigsaw that links these two miscarriages of justice is revealed, what does that mean to her fight to 'go big'? Facing the end of his marriage, Nick concocts a drastic final plan with the help of Julia and Brady to expose the establishment figures responsible.
|Run Time:||300 mins|
|Number of Discs:||2|
|UPC Code :||883929532988|
|Cast:||Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda), Adrian Lester (London Spy), Dennis Haysbert (24)|