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Kavanagh Q.C. - The Complete Series 1 [DVD] [1995]

4.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Actors: John Thaw
  • Directors: Tristram Powell, Colin Gregg, Renny Rye, Paul Greengrass
  • Format: PAL, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Mar. 2004
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00012SYMS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,835 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The entire first series of this television drama starring John Thaw (Inspector Morse, The Sweeney) as one of the country's leading criminal advocates in London, who has worked his way up from a northern working class background. In the opening episode 'Nothing But the Truth' his wife feels neglected because his work keeps him away from the family, so she turns to having an affair with another barrister, causing even more distress to the young family. On top of this, he is involved in a difficult case defending a young student accused of raping a middle aged housewife. In 'Heartland' Kavanagh is asked to prosecute an ex-cop who hospitalised a young tear-away. The mother of the child believes that the ex-cop has turned into a vigilante and that the incident wasn't an accident. Kavanagh is unsure as to whether he will win the case, but the mother's emotional appeals win him over. In 'A Family Affair' Kavanagh decides to take on a family case, even though he usually steers well clear, of a wealthy businessman who takes the law into his own hands by snatching his young son from school. Alongside all his work worries, his young daughter is beginning to grow up, putting even more on his already over-full plate. In 'The Sweetest Thing' he has to defend a prostitute accused of murdering a wealthy client. The evidence points strongly towards her guilt, so Kavanagh must use all his skills to prove her innocence. At the same time, his wife is looking to start a new job that will add even more pressures to their already strained relationship.

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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


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