Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
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When another QC becomes ill, Kavanagh inherits the prosecution of a ruthless drug dealer with a record of intimidating witnesses and their families.


Charles Beeson


Matthew Hall (screenplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... James Kavanagh QC
Peter Barnes Peter Barnes ... Crown Court Clerk
Tom Brodie ... Matt Kavanagh
Anna Chancellor ... Julia Piper
Dermot Crowley ... Graham Emerton QC
Ken Drury ... Alan Pearson
Martyn Ellis ... Chris Owen
Oliver Ford Davies ... Peter Foxcott QC
Ruth Gemmell ... Jenny Norris
James Greene ... Judge Phipson
Lisa Harrow ... Lizzie Kavanagh
Clare Higgins ... Susannah Dixon QC
Nicholas Jones ... Jeremy Aldermarten QC
Jenny Jules ... Alex Wilson
Wolf Kahler ... Dieter Klausen


Kavanagh finds himself prosecuting a case for HM Customs. The case is anything but straightforward however. While 15 kilos of heroin was seized being smuggled in condemned meat, there is no physical or forensic evidence linking the drugs to any of the accused. One of them, Kevin Gregson, may have eliminated a witness in a previous case and he seems true to form when Kavanagh and his wife are threatened. Kavanagh suspects that not all is on the up an and as far as the evidence is concerned. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

4 March 1996 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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James Kavanagh QC: [to Alex] There's not a lot to be said for prosecuting, but now and again it has its rewards. Gregson's going to go.
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A difficult case for Kavanagh this time around...
16 April 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Not the best of the series, but a good one. Here, Kavanagh faces one of his more difficult cases, concerning two drug dealers. What makes it complicated are the validity(or lack of it) of the evidence and that shifty Kevin Gregson has started threatening Kavanagh and his wife. Tightly constructed, with some good court room scenes, what benefits is the music and the acting. The music is hauntingly beautiful and poignant, and on the acting front John Thaw is excellent as always and Jonathan Phillips is perfect as shifty Gregson. Overall, good but not absolutely outstanding due to some characters that were rather underwritten. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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