Media Diary: Silk's tale of libel most vile

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Media law

Those who believe the libel laws need updating might be intrigued by the new play by celebrated media lawyer Andrew Caldecott and his fellow silk Tom Shields.

The play, set in 1561, is titled Murder Most Foul or Libel Most Vile. It takes place at the Inner Temple at the end of March and is expected to be a sell out. The director is Tom Kinninmont, whose previous credits include the movie version of Keith Waterhouse's play Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell, starring Peter O'Toole. There is no indication as yet of a part for the keen amateur thespian and treader of the Inner Temple boards Justice David Eady, Britain's most famous libel judge (pictured), but the subject matter seems made for him.

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