The real McBeal
The Diary has long enjoyed the hilariously unrealistic, glossy televisual depictions of life in the world of law. Hit TV dramas such as Ally McBeal, Boston Legal and LA Law have done their best to hoodwink gullible members of the public into believing the legal profession is all about perfect teeth, melodramatic romances and lovely hair. However, new reality TV show The Barristers could be set to change all that, with a no-holds-barred look at a legal career.The fly-on-the-wall documentary, produced by the BBC and The Open University, will follow a group of wannabe barristers hoping to make their way into the Bar (we're assuming this means the real Bar, rather than the pint-serving variety favoured by the young legal professionals in the cast of This Life).The programme, which marks the first-ever time the Old Bailey has opened its door to the prying eyes of TV cameras, aims to uncover the real story of the work of legal professionals. No chance of Calista Flockhart making a return to UK screens then.
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