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This review is from: Garrow's Law: Series One [DVD] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 6 Dec 2011 21:10:14 GMT
a Flynn says:
I enjoy Garrow's Law too. The attention to costume detail is fine. But the 18th century "periodspeak" is flawed--a valid turn of phrase of the time is often followed by vocabulary as spoken by a youngish person of 2011. As for the background political history which is included, that is factually wrong to a high degree.
Lord Melville, a baddy who Garrow wants to see impeached because of his interference with justice in the English courts was
a)not called Melville till 1802--at the time of most episodes he was Henry Dundas
b)was the government's chief law officer in Scotland, not England
c)had a well-known Scots accent.
Other misrepresented characters include Charles Fox.
The criminal law and punishment part of "Garrow's Law" is spot-on, and after all that's the focus of the plots. But there was no need to get the supporting aspects so wrong.
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