Picks and Pans Review: Trust

updated 03/01/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/01/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

BBC America (Saturdays, 10 p.m. ET)

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It's about corporate lawyers in London, but this slick, well-acted show has that L.A. Law feeling.

An intense Robson Green (Touching Evil) stars as Stephen, a workaholic senior partner whose neglect of family life causes his wife to give him the boot. Stephen heads a team that includes Annie (Sarah Parish), a driven lawyer who tends to treat her husband like an incompetent personal assistant; dependable Martin (Neil Stuke), who seems to think being gay explains his lack of burning ambition; Ashley (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a charmer with a risky taste for the high life; and Maria (Eva Birthistle), a young trainee who could be working a bit too closely with Stephen. They all answer to the big boss (Ian McShane), who helpfully explains in the Feb. 28 opener that his nickname, "the P.G.," stands for "the Power and the Glory."

The office politics will hook you, but the first two episodes are less convincing when the lawyers actually work on cases. Trust appears to fear bogging down in business details, so Stephen magically unsnarls negotiations by gaining handy insights into what makes his clients tick.

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