Episode guide

Kavanagh QC

Series 1

Kavanagh QC

  • A Family Affair

    The barrister reluctantly agrees to act on behalf of a recently released jailbird accused of kidnapping his infant son, and gets caught up in a bitter tug-of-love battle.

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  • The Sweetest Thing

    Beleaguered barrister Kavanagh defends a prostitute on a murder charge - a tricky case made even more difficult by the discovery that she has many enemies.

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  • Nothing But the Truth

    The barrister tries to clear an Oxbridge undergraduate accused of rape, but his home life begins to interfere with work. First episode, guest starring Ewan McGregor.

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  • Heartland

    A single mother from Sunderland asks Kavanagh to prosecute the neighbourhood vigilante she suspects of attempting to murder her teenage tearaway son in a hit-and-run incident.

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Series 2

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  • Men of Substance

    Customs seize a huge heroin shipment and Kavanagh agrees to prosecute the importer, a self-made man whose hired heavies try to get him off the hook by threatening Lizzie.

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  • True Commitment

    Kavanagh defends a left-wing activist accused of murdering someone from the opposite end of the political spectrum - and learns a harsh lesson in the process.

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  • A Sense of Loss

    A policewoman is murdered, and when a blood-soaked shoe is found in a suspect's wardrobe, it seems to be an open-and-shut case - but Kavanagh is not convinced.

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  • The Burning Deck

    The old poem about a boy standing on the burning deck takes on new meaning as Kavanagh defends two Navy officers accused of arson - and finds he can't use his only defence.

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  • A Stranger in the Family

    Julia's assigned a compensation case brought by a man who has sustained spinal and brain damage in an accident at work, and tries to persuade Kavanagh to lead her.

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  • Job Satisfaction

    A brother and sister stand accused of murdering their father and stepmother, and pleading for them proves to be the most complex assignment of Kavanagh's entire career.

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Series 3

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  • Mute of Malice

    The resourceful barrister defends an Army chaplain accused of murdering his brother, but his efforts are not exactly helped by the client's refusal to speak.

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  • Blood Money

    A woman asks Kavanagh to ensure justice is done on behalf of her husband, who died on the operating table in mysterious circumstances.

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  • Ancient History

    A doctor is prosecuted for his alleged involvement in Nazi war crimes, forcing victims of persecution to relive their harrowing experiences in concentration camps.

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  • Diplomatic Baggage

    The barrister defends a British ambassador's daughter accused of murdering an Austrian journalist and learns a lesson in the realities of political and diplomatic power.

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  • The Ties That Bind

    The parents of a murder victim ask Kavanagh to pursue a private prosecution on their behalf - but he faces shadowy underworld figures determined to suppress the truth.

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  • In God We Trust

    Former colleague Julia Piper asks Kavanagh if he will fly out to the States and help her fight the appeal of a convicted murderer on death row.

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Series 4

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  • Memento Mori

    A family GP is accused of murdering his wife, and Kavanagh, back in chambers following compassionate leave, is assigned to his defence.

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  • Care in the Community

    James returns to his home town of Bolton to defend a couple living in a run-down flat who have been accused of murdering their baby daughter.

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  • Briefs Trooping Gaily

    The normally resourceful barrister struggles to come up with a defence when confronted with a client who openly admits that she killed her husband. John Thaw stars.

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  • Bearing Witness

    New. The veteran barrister reluctantly agrees to represent a Jehovah's Witness who wants to prevent doctors giving a blood transfusion to her son.

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  • The Innocency of Life

    New. A vicar is accused of sexual harassment but as a result of Kavanagh's investigations the widow lodging the complaint ends up accused of murder. John Thaw stars.

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  • Dead Reckoning

    New. The owner of a trawler is charged with manslaughter after his vessel sinks off the North Yorkshire coast, killing everyone on board except the captain.

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Series 5

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  • Previous Convictions

    New. The barrister defends a political activist accused of causing the deaths of 22 people, but as the case progresses he finds an echo of his own youthful idealism.

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  • The More Loving One

    New. A man charged with killing his girlfriend is defended by Kavanagh, who is frustrated by his client's reluctance to explain what happened.

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  • Time of Need

    New. A politician is charged with seducing a minor, and Kavanagh agrees to defend her - only to discover the truth is stranger than he could ever have imagined.

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  • End Games

    New. The establishment closes ranks to prevent Kavanagh overturning a murder conviction, reminding him that the law and justice are not necessarily the same thing.

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Series 6

Kavanagh QC

  • The End of the Law

    New. The legal eagle is asked to take on the case of a convicted murderer, but his mind is on other things - like becoming a judge. Last episode of the drama, with John Thaw.

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