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Legal drama ripped from the pages of history

"BBC period drama at its very best" —British Heritage magazine
"Enlightening" —The Seattle Times

As seen on PBS "One of the best historical dramas…in years" —Scripps Howard News Service

At the Old Bailey, pioneering barrister William Garrow (Andrew Buchan, Cranford) continues to fight for prisoners' rights, an uphill battle in 18th-century England. The French Revolution has made the state more determined than ever to hold on to power, and Garrow’s own circumstances are dire. Now living with Lady Sarah Hill (Lyndsey Marshal, Rome), he is impoverished and ostracized by his peers. Separated from her husband, the vengeful MP Sir Arthur Hill (Rupert Graves, Sherlock, The Forsyte Saga), Lady Sarah has no rights in the eyes of the law. On top of it all, Garrow's mentor and friend, John Southouse (Alun Armstrong, Little Dorrit, New Tricks), takes ill.

The cases Garrow takes are especially risky. Defending a would-be assassin of King George III, he challenges the legal definition of madness. He also exposes weavers' horrible working conditions and puts British colonial governance on trial. Meanwhile, a proposition tests Garrow's professional integrity—but could give Lady Sarah what she desperately desires.


Special Features

BONUS FEATURES
“Garrow’s Law: From Dawn to Dusk” featurette (19 min.), photo gallery, and cast filmographies

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Product Details

  • Actors: Andrew Buchan, Lyndsey Marsal, Rupert Graves, Aidan McArdle
  • Directors: Bryn Higgins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 236 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0081QF6NQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,964 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 27, 2012
Format: DVD
I think the most fascinating aspect of Garrow's Law is that this is not a fictional account. Although not as widely known as perhaps he warrants, William Garrow was a prominent English lawyer, initially specialising in defence and subsequently becoming a Member of Parliament and Solicitor General.

Garrow is widely credited as being the father of the adversarial system of justice which is in use in many countries with forthright cross examination of witnesses. His insistence that hearsay evidence should not be admissible led to the rules on `best evidence'. Each of these episodes is based on a true case from the annals of the Old Bailey, England's premier criminal court, although not necessarily one which Garrow was involved with. For example this season's first episode concerns a disturbed individual called James Hadfield. He has directed a shot towards the Prince Regent at Drury Lane Theatre and, it emerges, was attempting suicide in what would be described in the modern idiom as `death by cop'. A quick search through Google will confirm that, as with all cases in Garrow's Law, this was a real case.

Garrow's personal life is also based on fact, as he had a long term relationship and later married Sarah, who had previously borne a child by a Viscount. Obviously the script writer has had to fill in the gaps, but it appears that the significant facts which can be checked out are correct so what we have here is a fascinating insight into the workings of the legal system a little over two hundred years ago, and the life and work of a highly influential individual.

As in the previous two series the main criticism is that the season is so short, comprising only four episodes to go with the eight previously.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Happy Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 18, 2012
Format: DVD
"Garrow's Law" is so interesting. It boggles the mind when you watch the cases (especially in the first series) and think, wait a minute, they can't do that! - when, of course, they can, because there was no adversarial judicial system as we are used to. And because being part of the nobility, even a small part, used to make you immune. Each episode stars a new case, and all of them are based on real cases tried in England during the time period.

The characters are great, and knowing it's based on real-life makes it even better. But it is the scripts and cases that keep me coming back for more.

The reasons given for axing "Garrow's Law" don't seem adequate to a fan. See the RadioTimes on-line article I copied at the end of this review. But, alas, Series 3 is the last we'll see of William Garrow, played with stubborn high-mindedness by Andrew Buchan. Garrow (the real Garrow) was called to the Bar in 1783, and made his name as counsel for the defence (Brit for defense) - the period we see in the TV show. In 1793, though, he did rise to become a King's prosecutor, and was eventually knighted.

If you'd like do a little fun perusing of the kind of cases William Garrow handled, check out
oldbaileyonline org
This is an online listing of cases heard in the Old Bailey between 1674 and 1913. It doesn't always give a lot of detail. Sometimes, though, an entry includes a full transcript, questions and answers, the older ones in "old English". These include transcripts of actual William Garrow court appearances.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 16, 2012
Format: DVD
Based on reality. Historically keen. One plot connects 4 episodes. Each episode also has a challenging court/social issue of the period. Andrew Buchan (Return to Cranford) is a convincing Garrow (1760-1840). Southouse (Alun Armstrong -New Tricks, Little Dorrit) is back as law mentor. Rupert Graves (Forsyte Saga) continues as Sir Arthur. Returned are Lyndsey Marshal, Aidan McArdle, and Michael Culkin, all having been in every previous Garrow's Law episode.

SUBTITLES for each episode as well as the behind the scenes bonus, filmed in the Scottish location studio. It's a brilliant third series, in my opinion, and my wife's, but then we fell in love with the first episode. All 3 series are recommended BBC viewing. Costumes/sets and atmosphere are believable. Even some of the dialogue was taken from court records, I heard on the bonus.

1 "Insanity Plea" Mad or murderer? Garrow tries to prove the failed suicidal assassin a lunatic but that even riles King Go. III, not altogether himself. Then there's Lady Sarah (Lyndsey Marshal) and a brief nude shot.

2 "King's (States') Evidence" "Worker conditions." Garrow agrees to defend two weavers charged with loom breakage. One claiming it the other. Southouse fights jail fever & death. Lady Sarah has a confrontation over ongoing troubles.

3 "Political Corruption" Garrow prosecutes a bad colonial Gov. & exposes a corrupt system. Will Garrow fall victim to the corruption for Lady Sarah's sake?

4 "Limit police power" Garrow grieves. Sarah leaves. Sir Arthur rages. Pinnock (Harry Melling in last of 3 episode appearances) finds Garrow yet another case; one of murder at the polls. An explosive, emotional end to Garrow's Law.

I'm hoping for a Series 4.
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