A crusty barrister oversees difficult criminal cases while dealing with the demands of his family life.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
John Thaw ...  James Kavanagh QC 27 episodes, 1995-2001
Oliver Ford Davies ...  Peter Foxcott QC / ... 26 episodes, 1995-2001
Nicholas Jones ...  Jeremy Aldermarten QC / ... 26 episodes, 1995-2001
Cliff Parisi ...  Tom Buckley 22 episodes, 1995-2001
Lisa Harrow ...  Lizzie Kavanagh 16 episodes, 1995-1997
Tom Brodie Tom Brodie ...  Matt Kavanagh 15 episodes, 1995-1999
Daisy Bates ...  Kate Kavanagh 13 episodes, 1995-2001
Anna Chancellor ...  Julia Piper / ... 11 episodes, 1995-1997
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James Kavanagh QC (Queen's Counsel) (John Thaw) is one of the top flight barristers in Britain. Each episode has him handling challenging cases and defendants which put his skills to the test regularly. All the while, his family often encounters rough patches that require much of his free time as well. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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English

Release Date:

3 January 1995 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Another Good Series with John Thaw
27 April 2009 | by gpeeversSee all my reviews

Kavanagh Q.C. is a British Series about a barrister with the designation of Queen's Counsel (hence the title) which stars John Thaw, Thaw is likely best known to most for the "Inspector Morse" series or "The Sweeney". In both of these other two series Thaw played police officers although decidedly different ones. With Kavanagh we again have another character very different than either Morse or Jack Regan.

I found it somewhat refreshing to see a series both for Thaw and of this type where the lead character has a home life and a family. I find it unfortunate that later in the series they decided to curtail this approach which I thought brought a nice balance to the series.

Overall the series has a few flaws including some supporting characters that are thinly developed or caricatured (although the performances are by and large good) and the writing fails to give us many memorable courtroom moments. But I found that it was counterbalanced by a well developed lead character (with a strong performance from Thaw) as well as some interesting subject manner and social commentary. Another reason I found this intriguing is because the courtroom drama on TV still hasn't as overdone as other genres, and this was the only example I have seen from Britain.

This is also another British series with some very good guest stars including a young Ewan McGregor in the first episode.

Unfortunately not all the episodes of the series have been released on DVD for Region 1. Hopefully this will be rectified at some point in the future.


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