For drama there is not much to match the trial of Saddam Hussein and his seven co-defendants.
But this is not supposed to be about drama – it is supposed to be about establishing whether Saddam Hussein and senior members of his government are guilty of crimes against humanity.
There has been precious little of that so far.
Two judges have resigned for political reasons; one has gone because of a conflict of interest; two defence lawyers have been killed and one has fled the country.
The former Iraqi leader has used the trial as a platform to issue statements entirely unrelated to the charges against him.
If the past is any guide then the trial will be buried under a tangle of procedure.