Kavanagh QC: Season 5, Episode 1

Previous Convictions (8 Mar. 1999)

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Twenty-two bystanders at a motor-cross race are killed when an RAF plane crashes into the crowd, and Kavanagh defends the radicalized young woman responsible.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jude Akuwudike ...
Matthew Atta
Joseph Alessi ...
Candida Benson ...
Tom Brodie ...
Niall Buggy ...
Francis Durden
Jon Croft ...
Bereaved Father
Mrs. Rosalind McEnery
Cathy Winslow
Ross Harkins
Sam Graham ...
Corporal Nicholas Coveney
Ian Higgins ...
Flying Officer Sam Pollard
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
Trevor Gregton


An RAF jet plane crashes onto a moto-cross event, killing twenty-two people,including friends of Matt, Kavanagh's son. The mechanic who serviced it kills himself when he discovers his girlfriend,Charlotte, whom he knew as Lisa, used him to access plans of the base and its planes. She has connections to a French radical group and is charged with sabotage and conspiracy to murder. Her arrogant stance and Matt's disapproval do not help as Kavanagh calls witnesses to show that the crash was, in fact, an accident. Jeremy's attempts to become a Euro MP end in disaster as does - almost - a conjuring trick Peter tries at a chambers dinner. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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8 March 1999 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Baeder-Meinhof Gang mentioned in the story was a radical and ruthless group of urban guerrillas that operated in Germany during the 60s and 70s. See more »


Cathy Winslow: Is there a special gene for martyrdom?
Charlotte Sinclair: What?
Cathy Winslow: If there is, you've got it.
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Yes, this episode is pretty much outstanding
16 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I agree completely with the previous reviewer about this episode, outstanding sums it up perfectly. The story while not as good as the performances, writing and production values is still gripping and well constructed like the episode on the whole. John Thaw is brilliant as Kavanagh, and I was really impressed also with Tom Brodie as his son Matt. Here I felt really sorry for Matt as he went through having to cope with a friend's death, and Brodie acted very well indeed on that behalf. Also Amanda Ryan is excellent as the defendant as she is accused of causing the accident that killed people and injured others. The writing is excellent, as are the direction and production values, plus the scene with the commemoration for those who died with the lament Ombra Mai Fu playing in the background was very moving. Overall, outstanding. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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