Arts

Common

10 July 2014 | by John Morrish | Comments: 0

Television

Campaigning drama tends towards the melodramatic. Characters are destroyed, not by their own flaws, but by outside forces.Common (July 6), by the estimable Jimmy McGovern, was a lovingly directed, consummately performed, thoroughly researched and rather moving 90-minute play. It was also a melodrama: its central character was as blameless as a flapper tied to a railway line.McGovern was campaigning against the law of “joint enterprise”, which allows people involved in a murder to be convicted without their having wielded the knife. Some panicky Liverpool kids ran from a fast-food takeaway to a waiting car: one had stabbed and killed a blameless onlooker while the others were intimidating an enemy. All were implicated. So, too, was the driver, Johnjo O’Shea, who kept the ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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