The shooting of a young policewoman draws Kavanagh into a tragic case in which his client refuses to help himself.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Bailey ...
DC Rook
Selina Boyack ...
WPC Claire Kemble
Tom Brodie ...
Julia Piper
Rúaidhrí Conroy ...
Paul Warwick (as Ruaidhri Conroy)
Anni Domingo ...
Oyinda Barruba (as Anni Dominco)
Mr. Justice Danforth
Karl Draper ...
DS Quixall
Roger Frost ...
Roger Cooper
Taxi Driver


Kavanagh and Julia Piper defend Paul Warwick, a bitter youth with a long record of burglary for the murder of a popular policewoman who had been working with him to going straight. When a bloody sneaker and the murder weapon is found in his room, he initially confesses, but then withdraws it and avows he didn't do it. Even though he behaves belligerently toward Kavanagh and is generally uncooperative in his own defense, the QC believes him. His colleague Peter Pweter Foxcort opposes Kavanagh as prosecutor. At the same time Jeremy Aldermarten assisted by Alex Wilson are assigned to represent a political refugee from the Ivory Coast in an deportation hearing. Unfortunately both his client and Alex doubt Jeremy's dedication to the case. As a sidebar, Lizzie's septuagenarian father becomes involved romantically with a widow who may or may not be a gold digger. Written by

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

19 March 1996 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Julia Piper: [Tongue in cheek] You never can find a bent copper when you need one.
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Dancing Queen
Written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson
Performed by ABBA
[in pub when Kavanagh talks to police witness]
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16 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Along with Job Satisfaction, A Sense of Loss is an outstanding episode, up there along with Memento Mori and Dead Reckoning as a standout episode of the legal drama. From the atmospheric opening to the well rounded ending, it is great from start to finish. John Thaw is excellent once again as Kavanagh and Anna Chancellor is also good as Julia. Ger Ryan gives a fine supporting turn as Maggie Warwick, while Ruaidhri Conroy is brilliant as the detached teenager accused of killing a police officer. The episode further benefits from great writing, fine camera work, good direction and superb music. Overall, an outstanding episode. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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