TV Tip: “Garrow’s Law” – 18th century legal world comes to life (BBC)

3 June, 2009 at 10:27 pm 9 comments

This sounds very promising; even if the series itself shouldn’t be as good as I hope (my trust in Aunt Beeb is still strong…), we can certainly expect a lot of information and historical details. The preview reads to me very much like Channel4’s “City of Vice”, which I loved.

Here’s what the BBC has to say:

Fighting for justice…
18th century legal world comes to life in

Garrow’s Law

“(…) Andrew Buchan (Cranford, Party Animals), Alun Armstrong (New Tricks, Little Dorrit) and Lyndsey Marshall (Rome) star in a new four-part legal drama inspired by the life of pioneering barrister William Garrow on BBC One.

Garrow’s Law is set in the Old Bailey of Georgian London against a backdrop of corruption and social injustice and is based on real legal cases from the late 18th century.

Each one-hour episode begins with the investigation of a case sourced from the Old Bailey archives from the day, from rape and murder to high treason and corruption, and follows Garrow (Buchan) and his associate Southouse (Armstrong) working to uncover the truth or fight for justice.

In an age where the defence counsel acted in the minority of cases, the young Garrow championed the underdog and pioneered the rigorous cross-examination of prosecution witnesses that paved the way for our modern legal system of today.

“A gifted maverick, at times arrogant and with a burning sense of destiny, Garrow is driven to change the nature of the trial against a backdrop of social and political upheaval,” says Jamie Isaacs, Executive Producer, Twenty Twenty Television. (…)”

Well, if he says so – I’ll definitely tune in for that one!

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. john  |  18 June, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Do you really think it will be like City of Vice? I didn’t like that all. I think – and hope – that it’s going to be much more like a 18th Century LA Law!

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    • 2. joyfulmolly  |  19 June, 2009 at 12:16 pm

      Heh! Looks like one of us will be disappointed then, no matter the outcome, because I don’t like LA Law at all. Not even set in the 18th centry! 😉 But seriously, I’m looking forward to “Garrow’s Law” – very promising.

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  • 3. Spazz atack  |  9 July, 2009 at 5:57 am

    i agree with john i’m not convinced that it will be like city of Vice and i didn’t really like the idea of it. I believe that the 18th Century law inforcement was all screwed up. The plague may have been evacuated but are we safer?

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  • 4. garrowslaw  |  22 October, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Hi, Garrow’s Law is going to start on BBC1 on Sunday 1st November at 9pm. I was the Legal & Historical consultant to the show and have just set up a blog where I hope to post lots of the historical info and details about the show. Mark

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    • 5. joyfulmolly  |  22 October, 2009 at 11:56 pm

      Thanks a lot for the heads up! I was already beginning to wonder if the BBC might have silently axed the series. I’ll update with a link back to your blog this weekend. Looking very much forward to the programme and you future entries. 🙂

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  • 6. paul taylor  |  24 October, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Dear sir,
    I am writing a true story re Esther Abrahams,a trail which took place at the Old Bailey 30th august 1786, she was represented by a Mr Garrow ,Ii wonder if this is your Mr Garrow. Old Bailey ref no t17860830-4 also will this story be featured in your progam.

    Paul Taylor

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  • 8. Paul Bolton  |  3 November, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Great Series. Saw the first episode and LOVED it. Do hope that it continues to be as good through the next 3 episodes. Just the sort of thing the Beeb does best and despite all the threats of cutting down on their “bonnet drama” they have thankfully not pulled the plug on something as good as “Garrow’s Law”. If it goes on as good as the first one, I am hoping they might think about making a second series. Great stuff!

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  • […] that the BBC might have axed production of the new series “Garrow’s Law” (see this entry) – luckily, I was […]

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