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Legal drama ripped from the pages of history
"Courtroom drama gold" --The Sunday Times U.K. "Excellent" --The Observer U.K.
"A better class of entertainment" --The Times U.K. "Excitement, tension, passion, humor, and drama" --The Guardian U.K.
A passionate young barrister leads a legal revolution in this superb new courtroom drama set in 18th-century England. Appalled by the corruption of London’s Old Bailey, William Garrow Andrew Buchan, Cranford, The Fixer advocates for the accused and pioneers the art of cross-examination, paving the way for our modern legal system. Aided by his mentor Alun Armstrong, Little Dorrit, New Tricks and the beautiful Lady Sarah Hill Lyndsey Marshal, Being Human, The Hours, he faces down ruthless bounty hunters; callous judges; smug solicitors; and MP Sir Arthur Hill Rupert Graves, The Forsyte Saga, who sees Garrow as a threat to the law—and his marriage.
Based on a true story and drawing on actual Old Bailey court records, this award-winning series follows Garrow as he argues his first cases, rails against outdated legal practices, and shows that one man can indeed change everything.
An ingenious fusion of courtroom procedural and historical drama, Garrow's Law will satisfy a craving for stories both intimate and political. William Garrow was a real British barrister who came to the law in the late 1700s, a time when the accused were at the mercy of the court--and the court was not very merciful. Garrow's Law portrays the beginning of Garrow's career with just the right touches of melodrama and romance to make this series wonderfully engrossing. Garrow Andrew Buchan defends a maid accused of infanticide, a degenerate accused of stabbing women in the street, and a political prisoner tried for high treason, and fights to bring down a corrupt bounty hunter--all the while building a reputation in the press and cultivating enemies in high places. He chafes at the conservative advice of his mentor Southouse Alun Armstrong, whose rough face is familiar from dozens of BBC productions, jousts with a supercilious prosecutor Aidan McArdle, and feels sparks fly with Lady Sarah Hall Lyndsey Marshal, Being Human, whose sense of justice is more in line with Garrow's than with her aristocratic husband's Rupert Graves, Mrs. Dalloway, Made in Dagenham. Buchan plays Garrow with wily eyes and a flaring temper; he makes Garrow's ambition and self-righteousness somehow charming and persuasive, leavening him with just enough humility and humor to be deeply engaging. All in all, a delightful and thought-provoking series. --Bret Fetzer