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The Prosecutors
Original Television Soundtrack


Composer: Miguel d'Oliveira
Label: MovieScore Media
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 29 March 2019

Miguel d’Oliveira's score for the 3-part documentary series, Prosecutors, is released via MovieScore Media. Following up projects like Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure (2015) and Michael Palin in North Korea (2018) where Miguel had to underscore unique foreign cultures, his latest soundtrack for The Prosecutors finally takes him back to his native Britain. The three-part series is documenting the work of the Crown Prosecution Service, following a number of cases over an 18-month period and focusing on three different parts of the process: The Charge, The Proof and finally the Trial...

Miguel d’Oliveira has a history in documentary scores, most notably for 2015's Joanna Lumley’s Trans-Siberian Adventure and 2018's Michael Palin in North Korea.

Discussing his work on the project, d’Oliveira said: "The Prosecutors was an interesting and challenging canvas to write for. The network wanted a big-drama-series kind of soundtrack but me and the directors were constantly trying to root everything on the fact that these were real life stories. I hope I was able to give it a strong body and all the gear changes. Always with an eye on the scale. You push it too far and the whole thing gets derailed."

To me this score was functional and nothing more. It does what it's supposed to in the series, but doesn't really stand up too well well when listened to as music outside of the series. Tracks like 'Remotely Guilty' show promise and originality, and it's a shame the score wasn't peppered with more moments like this.

It's not a bad score, just not something that's overly memorable.


Darren Rea

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