Garrow’s Law will return in week 46
The programme isn’t “placed” yet, but the BBC has announced that the first episode of four will be shown in week 46. For the full synopsis, please click the following link:
Thar will be spoilers! Abandon all hope, ye who scroll down this page!
The second series will start with a crime that the public in general prefers not to think about, and that’s slave trade. And the writers dug out an especially disgusting example for the way this “business” was handled, the notorious Zong Massacre. The traders were insured against the loss of their “goods”; if a slave died at sea, the trader would get compensated. If a slave died ashore, however, the trader would get nothing.
Captain Luke Collingwood (who is not, I repeat, IS NOT related or connected in any way, form or shape with our dear admiral!), confronted with the problem of a growing number of sick slaves aboard his ship, decided it would be in everybody’s best interest if they died in a way that would secure the owner’s money, and so ordered his crew to throw them overboard. To Luke Collingwood, this was “getting rid of damaged cargo”. To us, this was mass murder on 122 human beings who were thrown into the Atlantic ocean – for insurance reasons!
Mr. Garrow (who, in real life, wasn’t involved with this case, as far as I can tell), gets right in the middle of the ugliness that is slavery. Whose side will he be on, considering that all sides profiting from slave trade were revolting? The testimony of a freed African slave turned campaigner called Gustavus Vassa (actually Olaudah Equiano) might tip the balance for Mr. Garrow.
Meanwhile, Mr. Southouse has lost his wife, we’re very saddened to learn, and is not in a good place. What can he expect from his future? Does he still have a future? And what part will Mr. Garrow play in it?
What happened to lovely Lady Sarah Hill? Sir Arthur Hill, who is now Assistant Secretary to the Admiralty (I hope for some navy uniforms, but I won’t hold my breath) grows convinced that his wife is in love with Mr. Garrow. Obviously, Amazon only now delivered the DVD of series 1 to him. He questions the paternity of his own son and kicks his wife out of his house, which is just about the daftest thing a cuckolded husband can do. Let’s face it, if it’s true, all his mates will point and laugh, and if not, he’ll look like a right git, not to talk about never winning his wife back. But we’re dealing with somebody working for the Admiralty here, so you won’t be surprised to learn that Sir Arthur Hill tries to drag Mr. Garrow in front of the judge for adultery.
William Garrow is played by Andrew Buchan, Southouse by Alun Armstrong, Captain Collingwood by Jasper Britton, Gustavus Vassa by Danny Sapani, Lady Sarah Hill by Lyndsey Marshal and Sir Arthur Hill by Rupert Graves.
Now, wait a second… where is Silvester (Aidan McArdle)?!
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