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5.0 out of 5 stars Legal history in dramatic form, 19 Sep 2010
This review is from: Garrow's Law: Series One [DVD] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 6 Dec 2011 16:53:46 GMT
james seeley says:
It's true to facts as to the legal cases and punishments, and I agree about the casting abd the general watchability.
But the background political stuff is factually all over the place. Lord Melville didn't get his title till 1802--in most of the episodes so far he was Henry Dundas. He wasn't the government's chief law officer in England, but his native Scotland. He spoke with a pronounced Scots accent, not an upper-class English one. He was eventually impeached, but for corrupt sully administration of the Royal Navy, not as in the episode. Charles (James) Fox was a fat, dissolute middle-aged figure at the time of Melville's impeachment, not the slim young radical depicted in that episode, and the fracas at his Westinster election wasn't that year, and so on.
However like you I've engrossed in the series: but the historical errors weren't necessary and just distracted me.
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