Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
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The End of Law 

Kavanagh is considering being a justice, but government pressure tries to persuade him not to pursue an appeals case.


Jack Gold


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... James Kavanagh QC
David Allister David Allister ... Hodgskin
Daisy Bates ... Kate Kavanagh
Samantha Bond ... Sarah Swithen
Roger Brierley Roger Brierley ... Judge Challis
Nick Dunning Nick Dunning ... Simon Bayliss
Faith Edwards ... Court Usher
Oliver Ford Davies ... Peter Foxcott
David Glover David Glover ... Justice Trencher
Jonathan Hackett Jonathan Hackett ... Christopher Parkes
Nicholas Jones ... Jeremy Aldermarten QC
Danielle King Danielle King ... Maria Comacho
Will Knightley Will Knightley ... Mr. Gristone
Syreeta Kumar Syreeta Kumar ... Miss Ali
Larry Lamb ... Alan Rainer


A woman is killed in a hotel room and minutes later drunken Harry Hatton is arrested leaving the room and tried for murder. He is found guilty and his daughter Alison lodges an appeal. Sarah Swithen, his brief, engages Kavanagh,now chambers head and in the running to become a judge,who takes on the case against advice that it could harm his appointment. Private detective Mark Yelland proves that another man was in the murder room on the day -Rayner,the head of a computer firm,possibly engaged in illegal government work,and the dead woman was not an escort,as believed, but a computer expert. Kavanagh suspects a conspiracy,especially when he must forfeit his post as a judge to head the appeal and a frosty female justice chairing the appeal does not inspire confidence. Fortunately for Kavanagh, Mark and Sarah share his commitment to bending the rules to obtain justice though he regards it as a bitter victory where "noone won." Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







English | Italian

Release Date:

25 April 2001 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Old Bailey, London, England, UK

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The case Kavanagh indirectly refers to when Aldermarten and he defended a young couple accused of child murder was a fourth season episode entitled "Care in the Community." See more »


Mr. Theakston: The end of law is to preserve and enlarge freedom.
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Beautiful end, though if anything I wish the series lasted longer
16 April 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

It is such a shame that John Thaw died before they could do another series, the ending to this episode was very suggestive of another series at least. That said though, this episode is very well done, coupled with a subplot about Kavanagh considering to become a judge, it the story details the death of a beautiful Hungarian computer science graduate and somebody else gets blamed for the crime. Asides from the story, the production values as consistently the case are wonderful, as is the beautiful music. The writing and direction are also very good, as are the performances of John Thaw, Samantha Bond, Larry Lamb, Nicolas Jones, Nick Dunning and Nicholas LePrevost. Overall, this is a fine episode, but if only the series lasted longer. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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