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Garrow's Law: The Complete Collection (2009)

Andrew Buchan , Lyndsay Marshal , Peter Lydon , Ashley Pearce  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Andrew Buchan, Lyndsay Marshal, Rupert Graves, Aidan McArdle, Michael Culkin
  • Directors: Peter Lydon, Ashley Pearce, Bryn Higgins
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 716 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A8KJMP6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,413 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

BONUS FEATURES Behind-the-scenes featurette (19 min.), “William Garrow: Fact and Fiction” featurette (22 min.), “Garrow’s Law: From Dawn to Dusk” featurette (19 min.), photo galleries, biography of William Garrow, and cast filmographies

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Editorial Reviews

Legal drama ripped from the pages of history

“[4stars]” —Scripps Howard News Service “Courtroom drama gold” —The Sunday Times(U.K.)

“Period drama at its very best” —British Heritage magazine As seen on PBS

Andrew Buchan (The Sinking of the Laconia, Cranford) stars as William Garrow, a revolutionary legal mind determined to defend the downtrodden in 18th-century England. Based on a true story, these three complete series follow Garrow as he advocates for prisoners’ rights and pioneers the idea of innocent until proven guilty, aided by his mentor (Alun Armstrong, New Tricks) and the lovely Lady Sarah Hill (Lyndsey Marshal, Being Human).

As he tackles divisive cases, Garrow runs afoul of some of England’s most powerful and notorious figures, including bounty hunters, judges, and a ruthless MP, Sir Arthur Hill (Rupert Graves, Sherlock, The Forsyte Saga). Drawn from actual Old Bailey court records, Garrow’s Law is a fascinating peek inside the evolution of the modern legal system, filled with “excitement, tension, passion, humor, and drama” (The Guardian, U.K.).

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Premature End of an Excellent Series January 26, 2013
It is so sad that we have only 12 episodes spread across the three series of Garrows Law. Whilst this box set is to be welcomed it is also a matter of regret that the perverse decision was made to axe this very successful programme. What is particularly fascinating is that Sir William Garrow was a real historical figure in the UK. The writers of these programmes have clearly made a real effort to ensure that the episodes accord with what is known of his personal life. Additionally every episode is based on a true case from the annals of the Old Bailey in London, although not necessarily one with which Garrow was involved. Hence they provide an insight into the workings of the law a little over two hundred years ago.

Garrow is not as widely known as he deserves. Whilst this series covers the earlier part of his career when he was a barrister, he was also a Kings Counsel prosecuting cases, although he appears here as the defending counsel. Latterly he became a politician, rising to the post of Solicitor General and confirmed his forward thinking by, amongst other credentials, supporting animal rights which was quite a departure in the first part of the 19th century. This was a time when human rights were fairly generally ignored! The cases which are included in this series are interesting and varied and if you google the details of any of them, you will be able to verify that they were actual cases at the Old Bailey. Here Garrow is the champion of the accused and it is an interesting fact that he originated the phrase 'innocent until proved guilty'. He is also credited with originating the adversarial system of justice, in use in most Western countries with forthright cross examination of witnesses.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
The 3-series TV spectacle is now complete in one set. If you've not purchased all or part individually, then this is the opportunity. Every episode is 5-star worthy, if not more. This is a set containing 12 great movie-length stories.

Historical drama is done to the excellence level of "Foyle's War." British courtroom drama from 1792. This series won a "Best History" award. It is absolute perfection in late-18th century historical reproduction in sets, costumes, & dialogue. Plots, cases, and people are from real British history of criminal court--"The Old Bailey." Rumpole of the Bailey made this court popular on TV, but this series now documents TRUE historical beginnings of criminal justice for the accused. Even some of the dialogue was taken from court records. It was Sir William Garrow (1760-1840) who lead the way and coined: "Innocent until proven guilty." He was accepted to the bar in 1783. In real life, and the TV series, he is idealistic, a Robin Hood for the poor and unfairly arrested. He is young, eager, wayward, belligerent, rash, arrogant, inexperienced, loud, but often a winner. This set resembles the poor depicted in Catherine Cookson TV adaptations--a must own series as well.

Excellent cast:
Andrew Buchan (Cranford) is Garrow, in looks and attitude. He could be played no better.
Lyndsey Marshall (Being Human) plays Lady Sarah Hill, exquisite in acting as well as filling her delightful period aristocracy costumes.
Alun Armstrong (Little Dorrit, New Tricks) plays the true-to-history character, John Southouse, Garrow's mentor, a solicitor (attorney).
Michael Culkin (The Hours, Lolita) is Judge Buller, mostly ruthless.
Rupert Graves (Forsyte Sage, Death at a Funeral-see the UK version) plays MP Sir Arthur, Sarah's spouse.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garrow's Law: A Mini-series of Excellence April 30, 2013
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Telling the story of the early career of a man who became one of England's top jurists and changed the course of legal history, and doing this in a way that rivets the attention of viewers like me who have no legal or judicial background is challenging, but this series does that. Viewers can expect not only a recreation of the period costumes, manners, customs, architecture, politics, and language, but even more plausible portrayals of how the people at the turn of the eighteenth century felt and acted. British character acting in series like Poldark and Larkrise to Candleford is always superb, and none more so than in Garrow's Law. If you don't mind having to think while you are entertained, you will love this series.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent English Courtroom Drama March 8, 2013
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Thoroughly enjoying this series. Very well written, acted, staged, costumed, and directed. The stories are based on fact and trial transcripts, and are entirely believable. You needn't be a lawyer to enjoy Garrow, but this one sure does. Heartily recommended!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garrow's Law: The complelte collection April 17, 2013
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Excellent. I enjoy being able to view them more than once. The acting is superb and I have a better understanding of the history of some of our laws.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series March 26, 2013
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My husband and I really loved this series and wish there were more episodes. We were very disconcerted to find how much it cost per episode when we ordered the first season and found we had paid almost $28 for only four episodes of approximately an hour each. But we still ended up getting the rest of it since it was so exceptionally well done.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garrow's Law July 24, 2013
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This is an amazing series; a must see! I was shocked that this was the same Andrew Buchan who played in Cranford. The man is amazing and very versatile. I so enjoyed Garrow's Law that I have watched it twice already, and hope that a sequel will be forthcoming. Definitely worth the purchase. Enjoy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars review
No lawyer should miss this, excellent acting, the mentor, Alun Armstrong, is wonderful as is the rest of the class - based on true legal cases it is more educational than any... Read more
Published 16 days ago by colombiankitty
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See!
Not only educational but brilliant acting, excellent sets and period clothing. Everyone I have lent it to has gone off and purchased one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mower of Mutts
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Garrow's Law
Superb production. Interesting history of a real lawyer, the first effective defence lawyer. The book doesn't have the love interest but I suppose the DVD had to put it in to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Rosemary Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great series.
The only thing I don't like about this series is that there isn't more of it. This was a good series and I have watched it a few times now. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Larry White
5.0 out of 5 stars Garrow's Law is top of the line historical drama!
I'm pressed for time but will simply say this is the best English drama based on historical fact that I have seen. The story, the costumes, the acting are all superb. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patsy K
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
I love this series and I'm sorry it's no longer in production. Based on the real William Garrow, his causes and cases, this series teaches, as well as entertains. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lynne Wakefield
5.0 out of 5 stars True stories from the Old Bailey
Fantastic acting and a fascinating look into the trials of the Old Bailey. Don't miss. Sad when the series ended.
Published 3 months ago by Merrily Hardisty
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful atmosphere; great acting
That this series was actually based on a real person makes it all the more remarkable.

The major parts are perfectly cast, and the period atmosphere apparently... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Captain Vere
5.0 out of 5 stars Real history
I like the fact it's based on a true story and gives insight into how the court system once functioned. It's refreshing to see one man fight for justice in an unjust world.
Published 4 months ago by Rusty Bucket
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
This is a great period drama that provides perspective of the problems in the English Justice system prevalent in England at the same time that America is struggling with its new... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Maureen R.
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