Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
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In Sunderland a young former car thief is run over by a local vigilante, leaving him brain damaged. His mother asks Kavanagh to to take on the case despite lack of sufficient evidence.


Colin Gregg


Russell Lewis (teleplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... James Kavanagh QC
Rod Arthur Rod Arthur ... Frank
Christopher Barr Christopher Barr ... Cautley
Daisy Bates ... Kate Kavanagh
Nicola Bell Nicola Bell ... Candice
Mark Benton ... Sgt. Redbridge
John Bowler ... P.C. Couch
Tom Brodie Tom Brodie ... Matt Kavanagh
Anna Chancellor ... Julia Piper
James Curran James Curran ... Mr. Spooner
Mike Elliot Mike Elliot ... Don Parks (as Mike Elliott)
Oliver Ford Davies ... Peter Foxcott QC
Alan Gilchrist Alan Gilchrist ... Keith
Rebekah Joy Gilgan Rebekah Joy Gilgan ... Sheryl
Robert Glenister ... Clive Pendle


A young man is run over by a member of a neighborhood law enforcement committee, but the police and the crown prosecution service decide there is insufficient evidence to charge the driver. The boy's mother decides to pursue a private prosecution and Kavanagh agrees to take on the case despite his own view that the defense may not have a case to answer. The young man had a history of getting into trouble with the police but had been at a pub just prior to being run down. Kavanagh must prove that this is nothing less than a case in vigilantism. Things at home are strained when Matt seems to be getting into trouble at school. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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Release Date:

10 January 1995 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Kavanagh QC: Let that be a lesson to you. Next time it'll cost you a lot more than a posh nosh.
Jeremy Aldermarten QC: Ridiculous! This is blackmail!
James Kavanagh QC: Oh, the familiar refrain of the biter bit.
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References The Roy Rogers Show (1951) See more »


I'm Too Sexy For
Written by Fred Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass, Rob Manzoli (a.k.a. Right Said Fred) (1991)
Sung as karaoke by Shaun Roberts
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Very good
16 April 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

While there are some slow parts in this episode, it is nevertheless very good, though if I were to be honest, it is probably my least favourite of the 1st series. The beginning is quite atmospheric, with the rain, and very relevant to the story. Speaking of the story, it is compelling enough, with a revelation of a final courtroom scene and an ending that is so sad I actually felt so sorry for the victim's mother, even if the victim did have foibles. The script is well written, and the direction is decent. The acting once again is excellent with John Thaw mesmerising as Kavanagh, Lisa Harrow lovely as his wife and Pheobe Nicolls outstanding as the victim's mother. And I learnt something, never write that your headmaster is a whatever on the lockers when he is walking right past, not that I would do that by the way. Overall, very good episode. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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