One of the Lads by Clara Glynn

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Afternoon Drama on BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4, 12 June 2013
What is it about courtroom dramas that render them such compelling listening?  Is it their structure, with various witnesses being cross-questioned and revealing details that they have hitherto concealed?  Is it the ebb and flow of questions, with the opposing counsels trying their best to break or support the witnesses?  Or is it the satisfying resolution, where we find out whether the person is either guilty or not guilty?  Or is it all of these factors?
Listening to One of the Lads, I concluded that it was perhaps all of these factors that rendered the play so compelling.  This was an employment tribunal, in which Suzy Andrews (Susie Riddell) charged the East Yorkshire Police with unfair dismissal.  She claimed she had been driven out of the job due to sexist bullying.  Ably defended by her counsel Rebecca Nyman (Claire Rushbrook), Suzy put up a convincing performance in court, even though provoked beyond measure by the police force's counsel. 
During the play we learned a lot about police attitudes towards gender division, as well as the supposed "banter" which to many male officers provided some kind of a safety-valve from the stresses and strains of their work.  What officers such as Roy Eadley (Graham Turner) failed to realize was that sexist comments might be interpreted differently by women as compared to men.  We also learned how Suzy had in many ways to act like a man to ensure her survival in the force, which said a lot about the (lack of) equal opportunities, despite the senior officers' protestations to the contrary.
In the end the case was resolved, but nothing changed: we were left with the distinct feeling that the male-dominated force would continue behaving in precisely the same manner as before.  A depressing thought, to say the least.  The director of this Afternoon Drama was David Ian Neville.