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Kavanagh Q.C. - The Complete Collection: Series 1 to 5 [DVD] [1995]

John Thaw , Anna Chancellor , Ted Childs , Susan Rogers    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: John Thaw, Anna Chancellor, Geraldine James
  • Directors: Ted Childs, Susan Rogers
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 2074 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002475SE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,376 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Series 1

The fact that John Thaw was able to make his eponymous character in Kavanagh QC stand out as a unique personality distinct from the superficially similar Inspector Morse says much about his understated skills as an actor. Thaw brought his trademark mixture of curmudgeonly belligerence and gruff sensitivity to Kavanagh, but the barrister--who first appeared on our screens in 1995 while the Oxford detective was still alive and kicking--is no polished-up Morse. He is far worldlier, is married and has a family. And although he is often troubled by his cases, he is never afraid to play the system. He knows that there are devious, even superficial lawyers, some of them in his own chambers, who he must face across the courtroom, but he acknowledges them as an unavoidable aspect of the world in which he works. The plots are often convoluted, but Kavanagh's wielding of the trusty sword of truth is always irresistible, particularly when the case involves some kind of high-level government aberration. "The End of Law" is a case in point; a particularly nasty tale about an unexceptional businessman framed for a murder which covers up an unpleasant security scandal. It's dark and dirty and full of troubling compromises. In the end, as with most of his cases, Kavanagh's craggy features convey a subtle hint of the sourness which comes with his chosen territory. --Piers Ford

Product Description

The complete collection Series 1-5. All 27 case files.

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98 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Morse! 12 Feb 2006
I watched some of these first time round, on the "box". Pretty good then but somehow John Thaw was "Morse" and in a wig and gown somewhat silly!
With the passage of time, his wonderful performance in Mr Tom and our loss of this greatly loved actor, I was more inclined to watch this afresh. So, treated herself to the complete series for watching on cold winter nights. And am I glad I did. Although "padded out" with several sub plots running at the same time, the story lines are always good and sometimes quite controversial. Quite long episodes gives you chance to settle in to each story and the acting quality by all involved is excellent.
Quality of Dvd's is fine and the camera work high quality.
Mainly though, some sensitive issues are handled from quite a fair legal perspective and most episodes leave you thinking about the particular issue involved.
Well worth the money, particularly if you enjoy Thaws northern gritty style.
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93 of 101 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Collection, but not complete 26 Jan 2009
So far as I can see, Carlton's description of this as "the complete collection" is just untrue, and the claim in Amazon's product description page that it contains "all 27 episodes" is also false, and I hope they'll correct it. The set does contain 27 episodes, but 29 were made, so three hours of the show is missing.

It appears that Carlton left out the concluding episodes 7 and 8 of series 4, Ceremony of Innocence (28 April 1998) and Seasons of Mist (5 May 1998). Maybe incompetence, maybe in order to release series 4 as a three-disc set and not a four-disc set. Internet episode guides seem quite unshakeable on this, and there are plot summaries at various places online. So be warned.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth more than the sum of its parts 4 Sep 2010
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I've submitted reviews on each series; this overview of the collection draws various themes together. Kavanagh has a complex personality: as an interrogator, he is merciless and awesome; in conference, he is direct and non-judgemental; as a father, he is firm but benevolent; as a husband, he is flawed but loyal. John Thaw has delivered a convincing performance in each of these roles, developing the script character into a likeable leading role (if not always an easy one).

Some viewers may find the Kavanagh format too formulaic: the 'unwinnable' brief; the unresponsive defendant; the cliffhanger trial; the diverting sub-plot; the embarrassing incident involving Kavanagh's rival, Jeremy. But the formula works, and the collection never loses its originality.

Part of this formula relies on the strength of the supporting cast. Viewers will no doubt already be familiar with the regular cast, but some of the visitors are outstanding too: Geraldine James as the razor-sharp interrogator in Nothing But The Truth; Paul Rhys as the eerie murder suspect in Job Satisfaction; Deborah Findlay as the god-fearing mother in Bearing Witness.

Complex moral issues are raised. Should victims of rape have to endure interrogation? Should war criminals be held to account for their distant past? Can a social worker's distant relationship with a teenage client ever be foregiven? These matters are treated sensitively, sometimes leaving open moral answers.

Questions of law are also aired - the priviliged positions of ecclesiastical and military courts; an inadequate trial defence as a ground of appeal; a tort case where the claimant does not request damages.

Some of the episodes work better than others, but the collection forms a cohesive entity of characters and plots. Its value is far more than the sum of its parts.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
I am a huge John Thaw fan and was led to this program after Inspector Morse and The Sweeney. I like the way the characters develop over the series and have enjoyed watching it in order. I have only two complaints, one being that John Thaw's screen time isn't all that much compared to his other shows and the video transfer is sorely lacking in many of the episodes. Poor contrast and brightness levels pop up after the first series and the overall picture quality can get pretty bad , the result of overly compressing the files. Putting 3 episodes on each disc was pushing it a bit much and it shows. However, the sheer amount of entertainment I am getting with this set is enough to have kept me happy with my purchase. In my humble opinion,John Thaw is excellent in anything he has ever done on the screen. Kavanagh QC is another notch in his unbelievably great CV!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! 30 Dec 2009
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John Thaw was a wonderful actor who, unfortunately was largely ignored in the states. Kavanagh is a terrific and well done series with some very recognizable British actors. The stories are well written. The acting is superb. Television began a steady decline in 1972. Most programming offered today is reality based shows that are nothing but base trash. Very rarely do you find quality programs to watch such as Kavanagh QC. Most of the television I watch is from DVDs I buy from Amazon.co.uk. Kavanagh is one of those sets. The cinematography is beautiful to see. The music very well composed. John Thaw was a master at bringing believability
and depth to his characters. Kavanagh was a quality program, the likes of which are rarely ever seen in the states. I would not hesitate to purchase this box set.
The price is incredible. The content unbelievable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
The content speaks for itself. The quality of packaging and discs is all one could ask for. Years upon years of entertainment.
Published 1 month ago by michael cooney
5.0 out of 5 stars OLDIE BUT A GOODIE
I love John Thaw as an actor and he is particularly good in this series. If you enjoy typical British law drama type stories, then this is the series for you as the characters are... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Yvonne Dive
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of John Thaw
This is probably the best of John Thaw mainly because he has a good variety of supporting actors and court rooms are the easiest of all drama. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julius Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
This is a superb series!
I did not know it but got hooked as of the first minute I saw it!
Published 4 months ago by ArkAmA
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clever plots and good acting
Good dialogues and the of course John Thaw, brilliant actor.
Love the series.
I prefer them very much to American series.
Published 4 months ago by Wim van Bel
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good court cases
The episodes comprise a great variety of mostly arresting (unintended pun) court cases. John Thaw is convincing as Kavanagh Q.C., as are the other members of the cast. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Volker Knopp
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb series!
So far, I am really enjoying this series. The acting is brilliant, even by the youngsters, with very convincing silent expressions that say so much more than words. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thaw at his best
Apart from Inspector Morse, this has to be among his best performances. Thaw battles the evils of the system and does not always come out smelling like a rose. Read more
Published 5 months ago by philippe marc trechsel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Entertainment
Good plots. Good competent cast. The late John Thaw is totalling convincing as Kavanagh. Episodes are varied in theme and location. Well worth the money.
Published 6 months ago by Maisie Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
John Shaw is simply brilliant, as always, he has never disappointed. Stories quite realistic and interesting. Will watch it again
Published 6 months ago by Barbara Kronenfels
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