This new drama looks at Britain’s “joint enterprise” law”.
Teenager Johnjo O’Shea (Nico Mirallegro) gives his cousin’s friends a lift in his car—then one of them fatally stabs a bystander.
Johnjo goes to the police. But instead of being “patted on the back”, he is charged for the murder himself.
Joint enterprise law means people can be charged for a crime that was committed by someone else in a group that they were part of.
Stephen Lawrence’s killers were convicted under joint enterprise law. But there is growing concern that the police are using it to round up the “usual suspects”.
Common, BBC One, 6 July, 9pm
Richard bean’s new play was developed in secret during the last 18 months of the phone hacking trial.
Bean, who previously worked on comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, promises it to be a “fast and furious anarchic satire” on the phone hacking scandal.
Billie Piper stars as the news editor of tabloid The Free Press. Bean is at pains to point out that “she’s not based on Rebekah Brooks”.
The play is also partly inspired by the MPs’ expenses scandal.
It doesn’t just focus on the corruption of the tabloid press. It looks at the relationships that link the media, police and politicians.
Great Britain, The National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX until 23 August nationaltheatre.org.uk