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24 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

Excellent Series. Unfortunately, Too Short

Author: schnappi_croc from Nova Scotia, Canada
16 April 2010

This series is clever and thought-provoking. The period dress and the way that court was conducted are historically accurate and fascinating. As well as the serious cases which are considered, there are the humorous incidents which help to balance the series.

Many British period dramas focus on the upper class folk. This one, by contrast, brings us face to face with the working class, with their appalling living conditions, clothing and poor hygiene.

Our hero is based upon a real-life figure, William Garrow (1760-1840). He is idealistic, trying to make the law work for those who are unable to help themselves. Thanks to him, many of the rights we now take for granted, came to be accepted.

There are just four episodes of this fine series. I hope that the BBC will see fit to make more, as there is a lot more to be said.

As of November, 2010, I am delighted to report that continuing episodes of Garrow's Law are currently being broacast in the UK!

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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

Wonderful and very clever series

10/10
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
2 December 2010

When I first heard of Garrow's Law last year, it looked very interesting. I saw all the episodes and loved the series from start to finish. But I was saddened when the series ended as I thought it was one of the better programmes of the year. Deep down, I hoped it would return and be as strong as ever. When I heard it had indeed returned I was overjoyed. I couldn't wait for the beautiful period detail, the clever dialogue and stories, the classic Alun Armstrong moments and of course William Garrow himself. And I was not disappointed.

When Garrow's Law started, it was fascinating, beautifully written and handsome in its detail. When it returned, it was all three of those things and more. The period detail once more is very accurate and eye catching, the lovely scenery and sumptuous costumes are perfectly captured by the skillful photography.

The music is excellent too, often haunting and somewhat poignant too. The direction throughout I have had no problem with either, while the writing is thought-provoking and always clever and the stories and cases also accurate, interesting and well-written. The acting is outstanding I feel. Andrew Buchan is excellent as Garrow, very handsome, idealistic and very intelligent. Lyndsey Marshal is lovely too, delicate and well meaning. But I love Alun Armstrong the most, Armstrong is a wonderful actor I feel and he couldn't have been more perfect as Southouse. Plus there are plenty of classic moments with him, not only in the stories but also in the dialogue and facial expressions.

Overall, Garrow's Law is a wonderful series. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful:

Garrow's dead sexy

Author: racesgirl2000-1 from United Kingdom
15 May 2010

This series is clever and thought-provoking. The period dress and the way that court was conducted are historically accurate and fascinating. As well as the serious cases which are considered, there are the humorous incidents which help to balance the series.

Many British period dramas focus on the upper class folk. This one, by contrast, brings us face to face with the working class, with their appalling living conditions, clothing and poor hygiene.

Our hero is based upon a real-life figure, William Garrow (1760-1840). He is idealistic, trying to make the law work for those who are unable to help themselves and is well sexy in this version. Thanks to him, many of the rights we now take for granted, came to be accepted.

There are just four episodes of this fine series. I hope that the BBC will see fit to make more, as there is a lot more to be said.

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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful:

Great series truth and principles rule the day

Author: ctyankee1 from United States
29 November 2009

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

There are 4 episode of Garrows Law. I found them interesting and entertaining and also some humor.

The man that plays Garrow, Andrew Buchan is first starting his law practice with Southouse/Alun Armstrong who played Brian in New Tricks. Armstrong is a kind of mentor to Garrow. Lady Sarah Hill is a woman seeking the truth and is a regular that observes cases in Court seated next to the Judge with other people that are observers.

Lady Sarah and Garrows are attracted to each other in the series. Garrows wants more but Sarah does love her husband. Lady Sarah's husband gathers among the the higher ups connected with enforcing the law, legislating it and offering political appointments for favors. She dislikes some of the things her husband does because they are for the wrong reasons. Garrow and her bond for sharing the same views and values especially the application of the law.

At times Garrows represents people he does not like but he wants justice for them regarding the law. Most clients have very little money to pay him but he is a fighter and willing to work for almost nothing if he believes a persons rights are violated or the person falsely accused. Laws then were not like they are now.

I really like this series. The characters were liars and mean or people like Garrow and Lady Sarah, that had strong principles and acted on them. Garrows at first is gruff, loud and inexperienced in defending people and Court procedures. He is mocked by people in Court especially the Procecutor. Garrows still has many of the same mannerisms but is learning fast and is still gruff, loud, and rude in Court for all the right reasons but now he is winning cases.

Garrows/Andrew Buchan carries this part well. He pauses in speech, he stares at the camera in wide open eyes and he is very handsome.

Sarah Hill/Lyndsey Marshall is honorable, and does what is right even if it cost her marriage. She is clear in speech, beautiful and direct. See it if you can.

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Wonderful series

9/10
Author: (mc3744) from Milan, Italy
1 March 2011

I totally agree with the previous review. A funny and interesting series, with very good acting and, as usual for Acorn productions, a very good portray of the period. The only pity is that it is quite short all in all. I could have watched much more. Can't wait to see season 2. I particularly enjoyed the historical side of it. I had little knowledge on how the anglo-saxon law system evolved. I found I learnt something knew while enjoying the show. I have only one small concern on the veracity of Garrow's opponents, they all seem to be quite inept at law. I wonder if it is accurate and reflects the fact that they've never been challenged before or if it is mostly in the interest of the show.

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