Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
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Blood Money 

The widow of an accident victim who unexpectedly dies from a heart attack during surgery suspects malpractice and asks Kavanagh to represent her.


Jack Gold


Matthew Hall (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... James Kavanagh QC
Nicholas Boulton ... David Cazalet
Tom Brodie Tom Brodie ... Matt Kavanagh
Malcolm Browning Malcolm Browning ... David Berrowes
Richenda Carey ... Pamela Erskine
Nicholas Clay ... Mr. Justice Fulgright
Carl Ferguson Carl Ferguson ... Pete
Richard Fleming Richard Fleming ... Process Server
Oliver Ford Davies ... Peter Foxcott QC
Debbie Francis Debbie Francis ... Hospital Receptionist
Ian Gelder ... Dr. Clarke
David Gwillim ... Colin Jellicoe
Sheila Hancock ... Sarah Meadows
Lisa Harrow ... Lizzie Kavanagh
Nicholas Jones ... Jeremy Aldermarten QC


When her husband dies in the operating theater following a car crash, Sarah Meadows believes there is a case of negligence. With Jeremy Aldermarten representing the hospital, Kavanagh agrees to take on her case, despite his misgivings as to the likelihood of winning. The surgeon left the theater before closure, but at a point when the patient was doing well. In Chambers, Kavanagh is asked to speak to one of his colleagues over her behavior. At home Kavanagh and his wife are disappointed when son Matt fails his A-level exams. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

10 March 1997 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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John Thaw's wife Sheila Hancock makes her only appearance on the series. See more »


Tom Buckley: [Talking to Kavanagh about Jeremy] He may have the edge on charm, but you've got it where it counts.
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John Thaw and Shiela Hancock together, what a treat!
16 April 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When I heard that husband and wife John Thaw and Shiela Hancock were going to star together in this episode, he as the lawyer she as the wife of the victim, I was so excited. I watched Blood Money and I wasn't disappointed. I don't know about you but I think Thaw and Hancock work really well together, Thaw is excellent as Kavanagh and Hancock established herself as one of the better supporting actresses in the history of the show's run. There is also the compelling story concerning negligence, and some intelligent scripting. The production values are first rate as pretty much always, and the music is superb. The direction is also good, but the main attraction is the chemistry between John Thaw and Shiela Hancock, they make the episode worth watching on their own. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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