As the person responsible for SM
’s legal pages, I feel I have erred by not yet catching up with the BBC’s new legal drama Silk
Often when programmes such as this are broadcast there is a bit of debate about how “realistically” they depict the profession involved. The writer of Silk
, Peter Moffatt, has an advantage over most, having been a barrister himself and having already created the well-received legal dramas Kavanagh QC
, North Square
and Criminal Justice
Moffatt appears to have passed the credibility test. A review of the show in the Daily Telegraph by a barrister
, praised the “sober, yet entertaining, portrayal of the profession”.
We’ve mentioned before how procurement has played a peripheral role in some TV shows
(and I’ve seen plenty more examples since I wrote that), but we haven’t ever seen it in the starring role. “Exciting” professions tend to dominate the schedules, with shows about the police
But what about a show about a procurement department? Office life and the individuals involved offer enough dramatic potential to make it work. And in most cases so many of these procedurals barely offer more than a cursory look at the actual job involved anyway.
And if not dramatic, what about comic? We had a taste of it with the three-act play ‘Carry On Procurement’ staged at Bedfordshire County Council (which you can watch
on our YouTube channel, or read
here. That was an internal production to educate colleagues, but I could imagine a purchasing-themed version of The Office
, The IT Crowd
or even The Thick of It
(I’m sure some of you have worked with a CPO like Malcolm Tucker before).
Maybe purchasing’s Peter Moffatt is just waiting for his or her big break.