Channel 4’s forthcoming feature-length documentary The Murder Trial (Tuesday 9th July, 9pm) represents the first time that cameras have been allowed to film a murder trial in British history. Prior to that, the only way to visualise goings on in the courtroom was down to the very specific skill of the courtroom artist.
To mark this occasion, we took a collection of our favourite scribes and broadcast journalists and popped them into these courtroom settings*. Journalists ending up in court may not be that unusual these days, but you’ve never seen them quite like this before.
We should stress that all of these journalists are impeccably behaved, upstanding citizens, who regularly attend faith meetings, give generously to charity, and always stop to rescue poor baby birds with broken wings. They are no more likely to end up in court than you or I (though admittedly I am a massive fraudster, and you look quite shifty).
Anyway, see if you can recognise your fellow hacks, below (assisted by some clues drawn up by a five-year-old). The first person to email in all ten correct answers wins an all-inclusive six-month break in Wormwood Scrubs, complete with designer wardrobe and en suite accommodation. (NB designer wardrobe will be prison fatigues, and en suite may in fact be a toilet bowl situated inches from your pillow).
*They have all been sketched by courtroom artist Priscilla Coleman who has covered major trials such as Rose West, Ian Huntley, Harold Shipman, the Guinness trial, the Hutton enquiry – and most recently Ian Brady. Courtroom sketch artists are not permitted to draw in court – they have to memorise the colours, shades, clothing, facial mannerisms and physical idiosyncrasies then go out and draw a likeness from memory - against the clock. Which makes The Murder Trial all the more astonishing in its access.
This bright and warm TV editor is the biz.
When this TV columnist looks in the mirror, he sees a very tall fellow looking back at him.
This journalist and author is the Jewel in the Crown of the Sunday Times.
This super-cool broadcasting legend has topped the peaks of his profession.
She’s not a journalist, but as a broadcaster and DJ, she never gets her Kenickies in a twist.
This Radio 4 Editor is also blessed with the ability to see the future, though only in newspaper format.
This radio stalwart’s smoky voice is a sweet cure for swine flu.
This guy is a guardian of TV and film writing, and is not as traditional as his name would suggest.
If you crossed a wireless and a national newspaper, this man would edit the online version.
Now, this showbiz reporter is both a broadcast and written journalist. Despite being a long way from home, he never mails in his copy.