Kavanagh QC

"Kavanagh QC" is a British television series made by Central Television for ITV between 3 January 1995 – 25 April 2001.

The series starred John Thaw as barrister James Kavanagh QC who comes from a working-class upbringing in Bolton, Greater Manchester. This is only discovered in later episodes as his parents' health deteriorates and through an exchange with a colleague who presumed that Kavanagh was actually a Yorkshireman. The series dealt with his battles in the courtroom as well as his domestic dramas which include the death of his devoted and affectionate wife. Later he begins dating a fellow barrister.

In court Kavanagh is usually seen to be defending a client who seems likely to be convicted until a twist in the case occurs, but occasionally Kavanagh is seen in a prosecuting role. The main plot often features Kavanagh confronting cases with a subtext of racism, sexism or other prejudice. In sub-plots comedy came from the pomposity and self-absorption of Jeremy, a posh barrister in chambers. Kavanagh will not stand for injustice and is never bullied by threats or bribes from those whom he is up against in the courtroom.

Previous Episode

End Games

Episode 5x04; Mar 29, 1999

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
5x04: End GamesMar 29, 1999
5x03: Time of NeedMar 22, 1999
5x02: The More Loving OneMar 15, 1999
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