Drama centering on the cases of the celebrated London barrister of the Victorian era, Edward Marshall Hall.
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Series cast summary:
Jonathan Hyde ...  Edward Marshall Hall 8 episodes, 1989
Michael Feast ...  Edgar Bowker 8 episodes, 1989
Terence Taplin ...  Arthur Newton 6 episodes, 1989
Leslee Udwin Leslee Udwin ...  Henriette Marshall Hall / ... 4 episodes, 1989
Trevor Ray Trevor Ray ...  Harry Bishop 4 episodes, 1989
Julian Firth ...  Wellesley Orr 3 episodes, 1989
Richard Moore Richard Moore ...  Charles Mathews / ... 2 episodes, 1989
Gary Files Gary Files ...  Mr. Justice Wills 2 episodes, 1989
Phil McCall Phil McCall ...  Jackson, Judge's Clerk 2 episodes, 1989
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Drama centering on the cases of the celebrated London barrister of the Victorian era, Edward Marshall Hall.

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1 March 1989 (UK) See more »

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Bristol, England, UK

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Stereo

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The series was filmed at the same warehouse facility in Bristol used at the time for the BBC medical drama Casualty (1986). See more »

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Moving portrait of a legal legend
24 September 2011 | by wdef200-21-156984See all my reviews

By the late 19C, Britain's Bloody Code of zero tolerance - in which thousands of men, women and children were hung for trivial crimes - had ended but was still within living memory. Sir Edward Marshall Hall (note no hyphen), nicknamed "The Great Defender", rose to become the greatest criminal barrister (trial lawyer) that England has yet seen. This series attempts to unpack the grief, genius and guilt that drove him. Jonathon Hyde is outstanding as the passionate Marshall Hall as he fights seemingly non-winnable cases with stunning and audacious oratory. Hall's closing address in the Marie Hermann case episode was so moving it brought me to tears. What another reviewer has called "pretentious" is simply the style of BBC period melodramas. This series is a gem and deserves to be far more widely known. Required watching for all criminal lawyers. Please get it on Netflix streaming.


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