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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 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 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 19 June 2016
A memorable and highly enjoyable series. John Thaw was, as always, a brilliant actor.
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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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on 19 July 2017
great
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on 29 August 2011
The overall quality is OK, the video viewing quality is very poor very dark and very little contrast
on the video, (no it's not my players it's the same quality on all of them) However I am pleased to have the collection. so it's up to you!
Kevin
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on 4 September 2010
I've submitted reviews on each series; this overview of the collection draws various themes together. Kavanagh has a complex personality: as an interrogator, he is merciless and awesome; in conference, he is direct and non-judgemental; as a father, he is firm but benevolent; as a husband, he is flawed but loyal. John Thaw has delivered a convincing performance in each of these roles, developing the script character into a likeable leading role (if not always an easy one).

Some viewers may find the Kavanagh format too formulaic: the 'unwinnable' brief; the unresponsive defendant; the cliffhanger trial; the diverting sub-plot; the embarrassing incident involving Kavanagh's rival, Jeremy. But the formula works, and the collection never loses its originality.

Part of this formula relies on the strength of the supporting cast. Viewers will no doubt already be familiar with the regular cast, but some of the visitors are outstanding too: Geraldine James as the razor-sharp interrogator in Nothing But The Truth; Paul Rhys as the eerie murder suspect in Job Satisfaction; Deborah Findlay as the god-fearing mother in Bearing Witness.

Complex moral issues are raised. Should victims of rape have to endure interrogation? Should war criminals be held to account for their distant past? Can a social worker's distant relationship with a teenage client ever be foregiven? These matters are treated sensitively, sometimes leaving open moral answers.

Questions of law are also aired - the priviliged positions of ecclesiastical and military courts; an inadequate trial defence as a ground of appeal; a tort case where the claimant does not request damages.

Some of the episodes work better than others, but the collection forms a cohesive entity of characters and plots. Its value is far more than the sum of its parts.
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on 14 February 2015
Excellent Amazoner
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