GARROW'S LAW: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
The characters in these three series are great, and knowing it's based on real-life makes it even better. Charlotte Edgar, an extra, speaks in bonus feature #3: "I've been looking at some of the cases in the Old Bailey archives. For the 1st series, it was interesting to see, thre was an exchange between a thief-taker and Garrow. And I noticed that in the actual shoot, the lines were pretty much the same."
She's talking about the website,
If you'd like do a little fun perusing of the kind of cases William Garrow handled, check it out. It's 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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was the best ever......I will watch it again. The acting is superb!Published 8 months ago by Mrs. Bates
I loved this series when it aired, and it's a pleasure to own it on DVD. I recently watched it with my mom, who also really enjoyed it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by SA
I am a fan of the BBC series BROADCHURCH, so I went looking for TV shows and movies starring some of the actors I liked in BROADCHURCH. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jack Levic
Garrow's law was interesting and enjoyable. I recognized the similarities of present day justice, worts and all.Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth V Thornton
Brilliant acting. Wonderful production. Plots are gripping.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer