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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 June 2013
I can't recommend this series highly enough. John Thaw (a wonderful actor in so many television dramas and apparently also on stage) gave the performance of a lifetime as Jim Kavanagh, the working-class lad from Bolton turned top QC, and there's a superb supporting cast, including Oliver Ford-Davies as the gentle Head of Chambers Peter Foxcott, Anna Chancellor as enthusiastic young barrister Julia, Nicholas Jones as the suave, debonair and rather hopeless Jeremy Aldermarten (a friend who actually was a London barrister told me that the 'type' was captured perfectly), Cliff Parisi as cheeky chappy and chambers clerk Tom Buckley (who turns out to have a rather nice country house!) and the wonderful Lisa Harrow as Lizzie Kavanagh. Each drama is superbly crafted, and there are memorable acting contributions from all the cast in each episode, not just the 'regulars'. The series tells you a great deal of interest about the law, and asks many interesting questions. It's very unsentimental - Kavanagh ends up on occasion defending people he knows are guilty, on one occasion is threatened by the criminal he is prosecuting, on another occasion has to defend a man he can't stand, ends up dealing with dubious politicians - and lots more. Every case is different, and each of the stories is excellent. A warning - the dramas gets a lot darker in the later episodes (Series 4-6) after Lisa Harrow left the series, but they are still excellent viewing. All in all this wonderfully directed, beautifully filmed and brilliantly acted series (with great scripts too) provides hours of interest and pleasure. It almost made me wish I'd chosen to become a barrister..
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on 18 August 2017
One of the best series we have in our collection. Great stories, interesting characters and terrific music make this series a must see.
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on 28 February 2015
What can I say that hasn't already been said about this series, John Thaw plays the character flawlessly with his usual, slightly cynical, dry outlook on life, protecting 'clients' from the vagaries of the law. Even if you've seen some of the episodes, it's still worth watching.
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on 13 October 2017
John Thaw was such a great actor & this compilation is a fine reflection of his immense versatility.
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on 26 April 2017
The set is perfect. Sound and picture quality is top- notch. Shipping from England, I was particularly impressed with the seller in that I was given ongoing delivery updates and the set arrived on time. (I had had a disappointing experience before with items ship from abroad.)
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on 17 August 2017
Excellent box set
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on 19 June 2016
A memorable and highly enjoyable series. John Thaw was, as always, a brilliant actor.
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on 1 September 2017
Peak viewing
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on 27 April 2017
Wonderful series
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on 6 February 2015
Excellent productions, each episode a gem.
John Thaw, ace.
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