Defending the Guilty has arrived on the BBC with a surefooted landing but the show’s soundtrack is easily the highlight.

The BBC has always been renowned for its comedy series and sitcoms that cover people in all walks of life.

The most recent profession to go under the BBC’s sitcom microscope is that of the humble barrister, and no not the coffee-making kind, in the new series Defending the Guilty.

Defending the Guilty brings in the comedy big-guns in the form of Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd) and Will Sharpe (Flowers) in a comedic glance at the life of a trainee barrister and their mentor.

Quite surprisingly though, it is the series’ soundtrack that totally steals the show.

What is Defending the Guilty about?

Defending the Guilty tells the story of Will (Will Sharpe), a trainee barrister who is looking to get his foot well and truly through the door of the industry.

As well as showing him the ropes, his mentor, Caroline (Katherine Parkinson), also has ambitions of her own.

Will is competing with three other hopefuls all aiming to become a fully-fledged barrister but naturally, not everyone is playing by the rules.  

What’s in the soundtrack?

The soundtrack for Defending the Guilty, which clearly plays a big part in the series with the lead character sporting a pair of headphones almost constantly, is arguably the show’s biggest strong point.

Several of the songs are plucked straight from the 2012-2014 BBC Three comedy Pramface and those that weren’t, have the same upbeat indie qualities. 

Songs in the soundtrack include alt-J’s Left Hand Free, Metronomy’s The Look and much, much more which can all be found in the Spotify playlist below.

How to listen

Unsurprisingly, a playlist of the Defending the Guilty soundtrack has already made its way onto Spotify containing most of the songs we hear through the six-episode series, as well as a number of others in the same style as the show’s soundtrack.  

Snippets of the songs in the soundtrack can be heard below and for the full playlist just head over to Spotify. 

Defending the Guilty, which got underway on BBC Two on September 17th continues with its second episode on September 24th at 10pm on BBC Two. Meanwhile, all episodes in the series are available to stream now on BBC iPlayer.

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