Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
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Briefs Trooping Gaily 

Kavanagh defends a battered wife who stabbed her husband to death and Jeremy when he is accused of professional misconduct.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Davis ...
Opera Director
Angela Down ...
Angela Beddoes
Valerie Edmond ...
Emma Taylor
Peter Foxcott QC
Cathy Winslow
The Grosvenor Light Opera Company ...
Gilbert & Sullivan Choir
Mr. Justice Fayne
Anthony Ingram ...
Jeremy King Louis Aldermarten QC
Algie Padsey
Roy Lee ...
Chelmsford Usher
Annelies Lovell ...
Flighty WDC
Robert David MacDonald ...
Mr. Justice Bast


Kavanagh, who is still mourning his wife's death, has to defend a woman charged with killing her abusive husband. Despite having a good case for manslaughter, she seems determined to plead guilty to murder. Meanwhile Jeremy is torn between the demands of his lead role in a Gilbert & Sullivan production; and a charge of professional misconduct for looking at a defense brief. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

31 March 1998 (UK)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


On an average, the time taken between being charged with an offense & a case going to a Crown court is 7 months. Yet nobody is meant to know that the defendant is pregnant. It is very unlikely that the prison authorities would not know that a woman on remand was 7 months pregnant. See more »


James Kavanagh QC: [referring to Jeremy's problems] As my father says, 'you heap coals on your own head, you'll find 'em hot.'
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"Briefs Trooping Gaily"
16 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

A very good Kavanagh episode that benefits from good acting mainly. John Thaw is excellent as Kavanagh and Nicolas Jones is also good as Jeremy Aldermarten, whose serves as the source of the episode's subplot. Valerie Edmund is sweet as Emma, Rebecca Front is suitably sincere as Kathy Winslow and Lynda Steadman is outstanding as the woman accused of killing her violent husband. The music is beautiful, with its poignant piano theme, and I loved hearing Trial By Jury. The production values, script and direction are also excellent as I would come to expect from this series.

Overall, very good episode if not a direct favourite. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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