Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
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Job Satisfaction 

Kavanagh faces the most complex case of his career: a man and his sister appear to have murdered their father, a farmer, and his second wife.


Charles Beeson


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... James Kavanagh QC
Rosalind Bailey Rosalind Bailey ... Cynthia Kavanagh
Daisy Bates ... Kate Kavanagh
Jelena Budimir Jelena Budimir ... Prison Warder
Michael Byrne ... Judge Ransome
Nigel Carrington ... Clerk of the Court
Robert Cavanah ... Duncan Pembridge
Anna Chancellor ... Julia Piper
Marty Cruikshank Marty Cruikshank ... Barbara Tully (as Marty Cruickshank)
Mem Ferda ... Sgt. Wright
Emma Fielding ... Caroline Wicks
Oliver Ford Davies ... Peter Foxcott QC
Grahame Fox ... Policeman
Lisa Harrow ... Lizzie Kavanagh
Jean Heywood ... Marjorie Kavanagh


Sam and Caroline Wicks,a brother and sister, are charged with killing their father and step-mother,from which they gain financially. Sam is a very forceful character, whom Kavanagh must dissuade from conducting his own defence, and Caroline has a clear dependency on him, possibly being controlled by him. The defence is successful but an aggrieved relative wants the case re-opening,assured of Sam's guilt. Kavanagh has to cope with his ailing mother's death meanwhile. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

2 April 1996 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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One of my favourites
16 April 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Another fine episode from Kavanagh QC. Complete with good writing, direction, great acting and music, Job Satisfaction is actually one of my favourite episodes from Kavanagh QC and that was something I was not expecting. The camera work is excellent, and the writing is of very good quality as is the direction. The music is once again hauntingly beautiful, and the acting is top drawer with John Thaw outstanding as Kavanagh with sterling support from Art Malik, Paul Rhys and Robert Cavanaugh. The ending with Sam pushing the pills down his sister's throat was quite harrowing, even if she did tell the truth what brother would try to kill his own sister, and the later scenes between Kavanagh and his father after his mother dies of a heart attack are quite poignant. Overall though, this is one of my favourite episodes. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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