GARROW'S LAW, SERIES 2
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Courtroom drama gold" --The Sunday Times (U.K.) [four stars] --Scripps Howard News Service
"BBC period drama at its very best" --British Heritage magazine
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Andrew Buchan (Cranford, The Fixer) returns as fiery barrister William Garrow in this award-winning courtroom drama set in 18th-century England. In a time when prisoners in court have few rights, Garrow leads a legal revolution, coining the phrase "innocent until proven guilty" and defending the accused against the state. In return, he makes powerful enemies in politics and law. Chief among them is Sir Arthur Hill (Rupert Graves, Sherlock, The Forsyte Saga), now assistant secretary to the admiralty. Jealous and vengeful, Hill believes that Garrow is involved with his wife, Lady Sarah (Lyndsey Marshal, Rome, Being Human).
As Garrow tackles difficult and controversial cases, all drawn from the Old Bailey archives, Sir Arthur’s net tightens around him. Soon Garrow is on trial, charged with "criminal conversation" -- 18th-century code for adultery. Can his friend and mentor John Southouse (Alun Armstrong, Little Dorrit, New Tricks) save Garrow’s reputation and career?
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Stellar returning cast and powerful portrayals:
Andrew Buchan (Cranford) as barrister Wm Garrow could be played no better.
Lyndsey Marshall (Being Human) plays Lady Sarah Hill, exquisite in acting as well as filling her period aristocracy costumes. Those hats!
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 Sir Arthur Hill, Sarah's nasty spouse, now Asst. Sec. to the Admiralty.
Aidan McArdle (The Duchess, Ella Enchanted) is another REAL historical figure, John Silvester, a proud, rich, barrister who constantly opposes Garrow.
4 episodes each an hour, includes SUBTITLES, with multiple plots and one main plot carrying from 1 through 4.Read more ›
Season two (2) is very brilliant with wonderful scripts, great acting and marvelous recreation of the era--what gorgeous costumes. All four (4) episodes are really outstanding especially, to me, the second episode which deals with illegal love and Garrow continually being accused of adultery with Lady Sarah and suffering the ramifications thereof--really fabulous acting by all and tremendous writing on the subject of forbidden love. It's a very touching episode that I adored. . I never knew that history could be so entertaining. (By he way, the role of Lady Sarah is brilliantly played by Lyndsey Marshal--she is so good) I can't wait until Season three (3).
Initially, like the reviewer who gave the second season two stars, when confronted with the stories of the slaves and the homosexuals, I thought, oh here we are imposing post modernist thought on history. Not so, and just a bit of an internet search proves it. I found it so interesting I must share (forgive me for being such a nerd) and begin by saying that all the cases presented in the series took place at the Old Bailey or other courts of law.
Concerning episode 1, featuring insurance fraud, during which 'cargo' in the form of human beings from Africa is jettisoned off ship in the Caribbean for the value of its loss against market value of slaves.
Antislavery sentiments began with the Enlightenment philosophers Rousseau and Montesquieu writing against the trans-Atlantic slave trade. In the 1780's the Abolitionist movement was in full swing and featured in the work of political economists such as Adam Smith and the active works of the Quakers. The American Revolution and the loss of the colonies caused the British to examine their own role in their Empire as the political debate focused on both freedom and enfranchisement. In 1787 The Society for Affecting the Abolition of Slaves was founded, and within it freed Africans played a most instrumental role.
As for Homosexuality, events depicted in the second episode are accurate, though the details of the trials themselves were censored and are unavailable for detailed historical examination. Apparently London had a flourishing homosexual community, centered around 'Molly Houses', though until 1861 homosexual acts were punishable by death.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrific british series. Well worth watching. it ends after season three.. disappointing!Published 28 days ago by LJL
Finished Seasons 1 & 2. This is a superb historical drama with all the elements of suspense, moral fortitude, integrity, and triumph. Looking forward to Season 3. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sally Fairfax
Compelling drama based on history. Some of the underlying principles of the law we take for granted were introduced by William Garrow. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Thomas Caso
Dialogue is excellent, cast is terrific, interesting stories, production is great except it's not in HDPublished 14 months ago by cindy francis