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Garrow's Law: Series One [DVD]

Andrew Buchan , Alun Armstrong    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Andrew Buchan, Alun Armstrong, Lyndsey Marshal, Rupert Graves, Aidan McArdle
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002UD54QA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,545 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A four-part fictionalised drama based on the life of pioneering 18th century barrister William Garrow. Raised in an age of widespread corruption, when bounty hunters accused innocent people of crimes in order to obtain blood money paid out by the government for successful prosecutions, Garrow popularised cross-examination, establishing the adversarial system of opposing lawyers for the prosecution and defence as the norm.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Behind the scenes, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Garrow's Law is the true tale of barrister William Garrow, who acted as council for the accused, introducing the 'innocent until proven guilty' theory to London's Old Bailey. Guided by mentor Southouse and driven by the affections of a married woman, Garrow goes against the judicial system, changing the path of law and order forever. ...Garrow's Law - Complete Series One - 2-DVD Set

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pioneer 3 Nov 2009
Tony Marchant has looked into cases and documents of the time to give us this fantastic new series, producing something along the lines of the Casualty 1909 type programmes and City of Vice. The legendary William Garrow is here played by Andrew Buchan, and his mentor Southouse by Alun Armstrong. William Garow may not been known by many today, but when people talk about the fairness of British law then we have Garrow to thank. In a time where trials were quickly over and many were wrongly convicted Garrow set about and in ten years achieved to change the face of our justice system for ever. By questionning prosecution witnesses and putting his clients' cases forcefully forward people who would once have been convicted were being acquitted.

Garrow gave us the adversarial system also used in the US and in other countries since, banishing the old type inquisitorial system. By winning numerous cases Garrow gave us the system still in use today and thus helped to promote human rights. The cases in this series will have you wondering how anyone managed to be acquitted before he came along. With rewards paid for hangings it was all to easy to manufacture evidence against people so that a bounty could be gained (remember this was the eighteenth century, where the thief taker was still in sway). With no professional modern police force in existence prosecutions were privately brought affairs and open to abuse. Some may find this series quite harrowing, especially when in the first episode alone we are held by our fingertips to find out if a poor young maid will be hanged for the death of her baby.

All in all this is a great series which will make people think more about the law and our history, a must see.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legal Joy 5 Dec 2009
This is a really informative, well acted series. Dissapointingly short at only 4 episodes but so well recieved that the BBc cannot fail to make a second series. If you want to know the history of Garrow read the other reviews, I just want to say that its a great costume drama, fantastic attention to detail and Andrew Buchan is as always an outstanding actor (he does these uncomfortable stiff and reserved characters to perfectionyou want to see more of him in costume check out his St John Rivers in Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre (BBC) [2007] [DVD] [2006If ] or for the scary but strangly sexy hitman John Mercer in the FixerThe Fixer - Series 1 [DVD] [2008].(This series is unmissable!!!!)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BBC at its best a world beating Drama 1 Nov 2009
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I have just watched the first episode of this new series , As a period drama based on fact from Archives of the period .This is is a remarkable series ..Its costume and attension to detail of the period is sceond to none ..The writing is extraordinary ..And gives the whole period of this time from detail the appauling miscarriges of justice to innocent victims ,and the need from change ..Since this was just the first episode , i cannot coment on the rest of the series ..But i must say a welcome and Brilliant start an otherwise exellent Landmark series
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
This fantastic new BBC series is based on the life and work of Sir William Garrow PC (1760 - 1840. He was one of the most influential barristers who became Solicitor General, Attorney General, finally a judge on his appointment as a Baron of the Exchequer and a PC. Through his work at the Old Bailey, where he raised cross-examination to an art, he became a properly the most famous lawyer of his time and changed the legal work profoundly. He started when
counsel rarely appeared for teh accused and, coulnd not address the jury. One could hardly speak of a fair trial. Particualry bad was the institution of thief-takers - ever so often innocent people were accused of crimes just for these thief takers to obtain the "reward". Garrow established the adversarial trial.

Legal history can be very boring - I know what I am speaking of as I am a lawyer. But the BBC presents with this great series which brings legal life int eh 18th century and its fundamental flaws to life. That does not appeal to lawyers only. It shows how important fair trial is and how easily anyone can get into the machinery of justice. It is a constant struggle. Ever so often the general public is willing to condem people just because they are accused -then and still now. So this is even a lesson even for today!

The three main charactres - Andrew Buchan, Alun Armstrong and Lyndsey Marshal - are just wonderful. I have to say that I particualy enjoy the performance by Alun Armstrong.

The BBC is just wonderful in these kind of productions. 5 stars for sure, I just wish I could give more.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic New BBC Series 2 Nov 2009
What a fantastic new series. A great cast with Andrew Buchan, the superb Alun Armstrong (New Tricks) and the captivating Lyndsey Marshal. Garrow's Law works on several levels: A highly entertaining drama which is well written and perfectly paced plus with the plot developped out of real cases from the archive of the Old Bailey the series provides a fascinating glimpse into 18th Century England.

This is the sort of great costume drama that we have come to expect from the BBC. Roll on a second series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legal history in dramatic form 19 Sep 2010
This BBC dramatisation of a crucial piece of British legal history makes compelling viewing while being remarkably true to facts. The cinematography and staging recreate the poorly lit courtroom to perfection. The attention to detail is unparallelled as always in a BBC production: Even the braziers burning herbs to neutralise the bad smells emanating from Newgate prison next door have not been overlooked. The casting is fantastic too. The young -and probably attractive - William Garrow is portrayed very convincingly by Andrew Buchan while Alun Armstrong's rather scruffy Mr Southouse conveys the right combination of kindness and shrewd pragmatism. The legal and personal conflicts in the story cleverly intertwine, thus keeping the viewer riveted -and wishing for a second series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous series revisited
When Garrow's Law first came out, I was hooked. Now years later, I sat through it all again and was still enthralled. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Margrete
5.0 out of 5 stars great
lovely series of times gone by and im glad things have changed,shocking the way the upper class system,treat the lower class,but then again things haven't changed much under... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael Levitt
4.0 out of 5 stars charming but lightweight (and inaccurate, if you care)
Garrow created and developed the adversarial approach used in the English legal system today. In many ways his work is an elaboration of the creation of rights that began with... Read more
Published 9 months ago by gerryg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a really good British drama. If anyone has missed the tv series this will make a great gift.
Published 11 months ago by Denise Bradford
4.0 out of 5 stars How the law changed
A good historical story highlighting the vagaries of the times. Shows the influence of the class system with an outcome more important than guilt.
Published 13 months ago by Allan Sainsbury
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Series
Having watched these on TV I had to have the full set of DVD's.
Just sorry it was not offered in Blu-Ray. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars great period drama.
This is based on a true story and it is very realistic to the period of history it depicts. the late 1700's. They hung you for just about most crimes. Read more
Published on 2 July 2012 by Michael Dobey
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to review
Hard to review as this was a present for my mum, however she hasn't complained it arrived quickly and well packaged. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2012 by Daisy
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Having never seen this before, and often regretting buying all series in such circumstances, I erred on the side of caution and only purchased the first series. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2012 by Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and gets better... series 2. The Beeb shows its quality in making this. It is not a Moll Flanders type romp I was brought up to believe the 18th century was supposedly like. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2011 by P. F. Darlington
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