Over seven months, the drama of the News of the World phone hacking trial unfolded in London's Old Bailey court. Like a modern-day Greek tragedy it offered boundless schadenfreude to onlookers - although the drama verged into farce on more than one occasion, with Charlie Brooks's hangover cure (Fairy Liquid) and porn stash providing comic relief.
The appearance of actor Jude Law as a witness, and the revelation by the defence that one of Law's family members had sold stories on him, while he was in the witness box, added a soap opera touch.
This particular bit of theatre is now in its final act. With the jury expected to be out from early this week, it is now a waiting game. If they fail to reach a verdict quickly, the judge may ask them to reach a majority verdict instead. The process could take weeks, or hours.