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on 5 December 2011
The historically real cases are fascinating, and at least one serious academic study on Garrow has been published. But after initial attempts to get the history right the scriptwriters have just become outrageously silly, with events mixed up, and ridiculous speeches like Garrow saying he was "defending democracy". One of the baddies, Lord Melville, did exist, but didn't get that title till 1802 (before that he was Henry Dundas), and though corrupt, was impeached in 1805-6 for allegedly appropriating Royal Navy funds, not as described in the last episode.
I agree about the main actor. Oddly, when he cropped up another (modern) drama a few months ago he was still speaking in the same tone of voice.