Closed Circuit

Synopsis: A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers on the defense team - testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their lives in jeopardy.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): John Crowley
Production: Focus Features
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min



You really will have to rethink

your lifestyle, you know?

What lifestyle are you

talking about, Mum?

Wine only on Fridays.

And try to think about

dark green vegetables.

So really,

that's the same as saying

we'll never see

each other again.

Well, it is.

It just is.

How can I do anything

if I don't know what you want?

She was so upset about

it, and I said to her, "Look,"

I said, "you've got b*obs.

They're there. Look."

Staying in is pathetic when she

could be out having a good time...

I've gotta

go back in. No.

I'm sorry.

I love you.

Racial hate. That's bullying.

Just tell the teacher.

Yes, being too friendly,

it's the same as bullying.

Yes, it is,

so just tell the teacher.

What do you want? I'm trying

to get something for tea.

Andy? Andy!

Is he one of yours?


Oi, Mate!

Mate, you can't park here!

You've gotta get back.

Don't knock it

till you've tried it.

This is magic

in a small plastic cup.

I've got a f***ing great

big truck parked right outside...


We're told by Scotland

Yard that this is a major incident.

The emergency is

a major incident.

Still only being said that there

are several people injured...

FEMALE REPORTER 2: As we go to air,

Central London is in chaos tonight...

...40 minutes into

it, there was a lot of confusion...

...they do know now

that terrorism should be

the number one option...

...our priorities

have changed.

...but it's important for all

of them to be together on this...



Armed police!

Stay where you are!

Armed police!

Get your hands in the air!

Get on your knees!

Hands behind your back!



All we know so far is

that police have arrested

a man after a dawn raid.

This man, Farroukh Erdogan, of

Turkish origin, is rumored to be

the ringleader of the group

responsible for the Borough bombing.

Mr. Erdogan's wife and child

were also taken into custody.

Police forensic teams are

examining a lock-up nearby.


of investigators

to track down

those responsible.

So, what does the

government have to say about it?

They will not change

our way of life.


Barrister Simon Fellowes

refused to comment

on the Erdogen case

on his way into

the preliminary hearing.

This is going to be

a secret trial, isn't it?

In cases of terrorism,

there are circumstances

where to reveal

evidence in open court

would be highly damaging to

present and future operations.

But crucial

prosecution evidence

will be concealed

from the defense.

If that was happening

in any other country,

you'd say it was

a rigged trial.

The accused will be

fully represented.

But not by

his own barrister.

In the open hearing,

in front of the jury,

he will be represented

by his own barrister.

In the closed hearing,

his interests will be represented

by a special advocate.

But the fact is, we're told this

is the trial of the century,

and yet we are not being allowed

to see the full picture.

So questions

have to be asked.

The judicial process in this

country is and will remain

fair and transparent.

Attorney General,

thank you.





Martin Rose.

And so today,

we mourn Simon.

And we ask,

as he took his own life,

was he alone?

For as any of us may find,

it's in this solitary confinement

of the soul, as it were,

that we succumb to despair.

And in Simon,

a successful lawyer,

a popular man,

we see that none

of us is immune,

and that each of us

needs God.

Now let us pray.

Martin, are you going

to the house for drinks?

No, I have to get back to

London and see my son.

Of course.

Terrible... Simon.


I hear you're stepping into his

shoes on the Borough bomb case.

Quite a challenge.

You know how it is.

But you're all right, are you?


I mean, you're well?

Oh, I see. In my mind.

It's a good question.

What with the nasty divorce and

bitter custody battle and all that.

Personal matter, I appreciate,

really none of my business.

Am I emotionally unstable? I

wouldn't phrase it like that.

You ought to.

The very last thing

you want to see

is another neurotic

defense barrister

selfishly topping himself

before the curtain goes up.

How embarrassing

would that be?


You may rely on me.

Yeah, I needed

a cigarette.

Patches don't work for me.

My skin's too thick.

Comes from working

with bastards like you.

Okay, Devlin, our friend

the Borough Market bomber.

Oh. Another wonderful human being.

Tell me about him.

Well, he's born in a three-goat

town on the Turkey-Iraq border.

No birth certificate.

No papers.

1996, he gets guest worker

status in Germany...

Without papers?

He's arrested for possession in Berlin.



Arrives in London, 1998.

Gets married, has a kid.

They stay with a sister-in-law,

one Mine Kemmal.

They stay with her

for three months

till she gets fed up

and chucks them out.

He bunks off back to Germany

to drive a taxi in Dusseldorf.

2009, returns to London.

2012, bang.

So what's he been

doing for three years?

Becoming radicalized,

most likely.

The prosecution

will propose that

Erdogan is

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Steven Knight

Steven Knight was born in 1959 in Marlborough, England. He is a writer and producer, known for Eastern Promises (2007), Peaky Blinders (2013) and Locke (2013). more…

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