William Garrow, the man who gave us proper cross questioning in court, and did many trials por bono is back with us for a second series. Garrow who is still probably better known in the legal fraternity in the US than over here, was a pioneer. He made what we consider to be a proper trial realisitc to people, from what could be argued was a one sided affair beforehand. Not of the Establishment he was looked down upon and made many enemies.
I think there has been some confusion amongst some reviewers and viewers from the first series, and that may continue with this series, so I would like to make clear that Garrow himself did not always represent the cases as shown in the series. A case in point is the first episode which has him representing slavey and corruption from a very well known case at the time. This was a trial for fraud and was not even tried at the Old Bailey, let alone having Garrow representing it. He would no doubt have been aware of it, but he wasn't in a position to take part in it, he had only just come to the Bar himself.
So, there is a lot that isn't strictly true here, but the cases involved are all genuine or inspired by real cases of the period. Also in this series there is a lot more between Garrow and Lady Sarah Hill, whose husband wants a divorce.
So, once again, this isn't strictly true fact for fact here, but this is definitely great viewing.