Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
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A new law suspending the statute of limitations on war atrocities has Kavanagh prosecuting a Polish doctor who stands accused of war crimes.


Tristram Powell


Ted Childs (creator), Nigel Kneale | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... James Kavanagh QC
Jonathan Adams ... Karol Somper
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ... Lord Probyn
Gillian Bevan Gillian Bevan ... Lucy Beck
Marc Brendan Marc Brendan ... Catering Man
Tom Brodie Tom Brodie ... Matt Kavanagh
Nigel Carrington ... Clerk of the Court
Ann Castle Ann Castle ... Betty
Rowena Cooper Rowena Cooper ... Christine Dodd
Anna Cropper ... Marian Beck
Michael Culkin ... Arnold Westrope
Russell Dixon Russell Dixon ... Detective Inspector Grover
Don Fellows ... Colonel Brennan
Peter Firth ... Charlie Beck
Oliver Ford Davies ... Peter Foxcott QC


Kavanagh prosecutes an apparently blameless family doctor in an unprecedented war crimes trial and finds himself wondering about the fallibility of human memory after fifty years. The court hears devastating testimony, as victims of Nazi atrocities relive their experiences of concentration camps. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

17 March 1997 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Old Bailey, London, England, UK

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Matt Kavanagh: [Becoming educated on the Holocaust as he downloads information for his father] It could go on all night. I just picked out bits.
James Kavanagh QC: Thanks, Matt.
Matt Kavanagh: It's all unbelievable, of course.
James Kavanagh QC: Yeah.
Matt Kavanagh: So some people choose not to believe it... all over the Internet stuff saying it never happened.
James Kavanagh QC: Holocaust denial.
Matt Kavanagh: In Germany they've made that a crime.
James Kavanagh QC: They got something right.
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Quite harrowing
16 April 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Don't get me wrong, the episode was pretty much outstanding, but I do find it one of the more harrowing Kavanagh episodes. We don't see any war crimes being committed, but we hear about them, and the details are really quite shocking. The dialogue has to be the most harrowing(in terms of details) and somewhat intelligent dialogue in a Kavanagh episode. The direction is subtle, as it should be, the production values if darker than usual are lovely and the music is great as always. The acting is great, John Thaw is excellent as per usual, while Frederick Treves is suitably intense as the doctor accused of the war crimes. Overall, quite harrowing but outstanding all the same. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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