Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
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The More Loving One 

Kavanagh defends a convicted arsonist and former heroin junkie for blowing up his apartment and killing his addicted, pregnant girlfriend.


David Thacker


Peter Moffat (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... James Kavanagh QC
Richard Banham Richard Banham ... Clive
Susanna Best Susanna Best ... Emily Miller
Di Botcher ... Tilly Burgess
Hugh Dancy ... Michael Woodley
Michael Eaves ... Clerk of the Court
Oliver Ford Davies ... Peter Foxcott QC
Philip Fox Philip Fox ... Dr. Kidd
Ross Gurney-Randall Ross Gurney-Randall ... Gaoler
Laura Heath Laura Heath ... Annie Fisk
Andy Henderson Andy Henderson ... Nigel Crisp
David Henry David Henry ... Mr. Murchie
Geraldine James ... Eleanor Harker QC
Nicholas Jones ... Jeremy Aldermarten QC
Will Karlsen Will Karlsen ... D.S. Kent


Drug addict Annie Fiske dies in a gas explosion following an argument with boyfriend Michael Woodley about her return to heroin. Michael, a convicted arsonist, tells a witness "I killed her",and refuses to give Kavanagh ammunition for a defence.However, helped by his junior,Martha Miller,who has previously felt under-valued,Kavanagh uses shock tactics to get a response from his client. He also begins a hesitant relationship with colleague Eleanor whilst Jeremy proves to be a dog's best friend and ends up co-investing in a racing greyhound with Tom. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

15 March 1999 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Kavanagh QC: [as he and Peter are sitting down on a bench] You all right?
Peter Foxcott QC: I'm not getting any younger.
James Kavanagh QC: Come on, Peter. You look... somewhere in your fifties.
Peter Foxcott QC: Hmmmm.
James Kavanagh QC: You've always been somewhere in your fifties.
Peter Foxcott QC: Is that a compliment?
James Kavanagh QC: It is now. It wasn't ten years ago.
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Very well constructed
16 April 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

This episode had a lot to live up to after the outstanding Previous Convictions, and while it isn't quite as good, it is very well constructed, with a good story and writing and very good acting. The music is beautiful as always, the direction is good and the production values while darker here are excellent. Acting wise, I really liked Geraldine James, Robert Lang and Hugh Dancy, but John Thaw once again gave the best performance as his character differs whether he should tell the courts that the victim was pregnant.

Overall, a well constructed episode, with almost all of the essential elements combining as one to make the episode worth watching. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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