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So, you sit down to watch ITV 1 on a Sunday night and the sponsored by clip is that of the channel's lower-level crime dramas, declaring that "Talk Talk sponsors ITV Mystery Dramas".

Then you spend an hour watching lovely East Anglian countryside, Stephen Fry being a lawyer and no-one gets the slightest bit murdered. There's actually a lot of comedy.

Welcome to Kingdom, where Crime and Punishment Series meets English planning law, and "They Fight Crime" in a genteel, laid-back fashion, with plenty of breaks for Scenery Porn.

Stephen Fry (10 pounds of awesome in a 5 pound bag) plays Peter Kingdom, lawyer for the small firm of Kingdom & Kingdom, in the fictional town of Market Shipborough, Norfolk. Every week, he has to investigate some argument between people over a will, planning issues or something like that. He also must deal with the town's most sue-happy citizen, his long-suffering secretary, and his loopy sister.

He has a lawyer trainee with him, Lyle Anderson, who is the funny man of the show, getting into the more comedic scrapes, including having to deal with about 20 cats, and getting drenched in nearly every episode of Season 1.

While at first it might seem that the other Kingdom in "Kingdom & Kingdom" is Simon, Peter's younger brother (who has disappeared and is presumed dead at the beginning of the series and shows up again in Series 2),[1] Peter informs us that Simon is actually neither Kingdom. The first Kingdom is their late father (who naturally never shows up) and Peter is the second. Sadly the series was cancelled after 3 series and ended with... a bit of a Wham! Episode.


 Peter: I've penciled myself in for five days of unadulterated peace and quiet. Just me and my rod.

 Emily: Anything exciting?

Lyle: getting up, slightly husky Strict liability negligence polluted river case. No win, no fee.

Emily: God, I love it when you talk dirty.


  1. and dies for real later
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