Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
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Dead Reckoning 

Kavanaugh prosecutes the owner of a capsized fishing trawler for negligent manslaughter even though his son is one of the five victims.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Justice Hildtich (as Anthony Carrack)
Colum Convey ...
Ben Roberts
Roy Lawrence
Valerie Edmond ...
Clive Crebbin
Peter Foxcott QC
Alan Sheedy
Cathy Winslow
Jeremy Aldermarten QC
Margot Leicester ...
Jeanetta Morgan
Andrew Livingston ...
Des McAleer ...
Trevor Samuels
Laurence Mitchell ...
John Campbell
Robert Murray ...
Court Official


Kavanagh goes to Yorkshire fishing port Stainmouth to prosecute Roy Lawrence for negligence after his apparently unseaworthy trawler sank,claiming five lives including Roy's son Paul. The defence claims that a submarine collided with the boat, a claim that becomes more and more likely. Roy is popular in the bereaved community and even Emma, Kavanagh's junior, feels sorry for him, but Kavanagh believes Roy had his own agenda and is not the philanthropist he seems. He also averts a chambers crisis by dissuading Tom from leaving. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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21 April 1998 (UK)  »

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John Thaw is a revelation in this episode!
16 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Along with Memento Mori, this is my favourite episode of the 4th series. Intelligently and beautifully written, the writing is wonderful here. So is the scenery, direction and music. And while Valerie Edmund, Oliver Ford Davies, Nicolas Jones and Cliff Parisi give great support, as does Kenneth Cranham, the acting honours go to John Thaw. He is outstanding in every episode, not only that but in pretty much everything he was in, but here especially in the final courtroom scene, Thaw is a revelation as the hard working lawyer. The story concerns of Kavanagh prosecuting against a man accused of causing the death of five men(including his own son) as the boat they were on sank, and it is gripping right up to the end. Overall, this is a brilliant episode, elevated by Thaw's equally brilliant performance. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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