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Garrow's Law: Series 3 (2012)

Andrew Buchan , Lyndsey Marsal , Bryn Higgins  |  NR |  DVD
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  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 236 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0081QF6NQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,687 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

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

SDH subtitles

Editorial Reviews

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.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
"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.
Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UK historical courtroom drama June 16, 2012
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garrow's Law November 5, 2012
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Recently the first series of "Garrow's Law" (set in the 1780s at London's Old Bailey) was shown on commercial television in Australia without any mention of the later series, so I bought all three from Amazon. It turns out to be one of the best costume dramas to come out of the UK in years. All the court cases are horribly true. For those of us lucky enough to live under a legal system derived from England can see that some things have improved in 200 years. This is not a documentary of course, but a cracking drama lead by Andrew Buchan and Alun Armstrong. Watching Mr Buchan weep for a little boy his character has failed to save from the gallows is something never to forget.
The series is also remarkably funny with Alun Armstrong getting the best lines: " Well, you have made an enemy of the Attorney General, so there is some progress". Don't miss this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Formulation of Justice September 15, 2012
By P. Lee
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Fabulous! Wasn't quite certain what to expect, but both my husband and I LOVED the series so far, and can't wait for the next season!
Acting great, story within story honest, and an education into the formulation/ development of our justice system as it began in jolly ole England. Now, hoping that doesn't sound "stuffy" because the story is definitely NOT tedious or boring at all!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! September 8, 2012
THis is such an upstanding, classy, intelligent production. Everything about it is 5 star, and I cannot believe there will no be more. Garrow's integrity sets such a fine example.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great! September 5, 2012
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We have purchased and viewed all three series of Garrow's Law. These are so well made, well acted and based on historical records and court proceedings. It's fascinating to see what a court of law used to be and how Garrow fought for justice for the common man. It was a harsh experience for anyone who ended up accused of a crime in court. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves British TV and the law.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wish the series had continued.
Published 22 days ago by A. Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific.
After a temporary drop-off in quality during season two of this historical series chronicling the life and extraordinary career of real-life ground-breaking barrister William... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jon Wynne
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
Very good drama, only wish there were more episodes! Acting, costuming , drama and directing excellent. Wish American TV had shows like this!
Published 6 months ago by H.J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not be faulted
Arrived in good time, excellent condition, played beautifully, acting and storyline in episodes matched the quality of the first two series.
Published 9 months ago by mark gill
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating for Garrow's Law: Series 3
Garrow's Law:Series 3 arrived timely and in excellent condition. I have no complaints. It was A-OK. Yhat's all I have to say.
Published 13 months ago by Sarah E. Peck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video
This is a very enjoyable and well produced series. Would highly recommend it. Just wish it could have gone on for more episodes.
Published 14 months ago by tete
5.0 out of 5 stars Garrow Series 3
Once again this series delivers just as in the first two seasons. The last two episodes were sad and not sure if the producers intend to make a 4th season or not.
Published 16 months ago by Michael Archer
5.0 out of 5 stars Garrow's Law Series 3
I have Series 1,2 & 3 of Garrow's Law & it just keeps getting better & better. It's a wonderful series. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Patricia A.Manns
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary of OH
I LOVE this show. It is witty, entertaining, and great acting. You can't help but get involved with the characters and find yourself involved with the story line as well.
Published 16 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, talk about your cast systems!!!
This is a great historic series, I hope keeps being produced. It is about a Lawyer who made great strides in early British law, helping to create a better balance of law protection... Read more
Published 18 months ago by R. Nowosielski
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