Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
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Diplomatic Baggage 

An influential government minister takes a great interest in Kavanagh's case of an ambassador's daughter accused of murdering a blackmailing tabloid journalist.







Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Barlow ...
Detective Inspector Benyon
Tom Brodie ...
Matt Kavanagh
Richard Dynevor
Vic Bryson ...
Court Clerk
Appeal Court Judge
Sacha Craise ...
Gerard Crossan ...
Sergeant Cobbold (as Gerard Grossan)
Julian Curry ...
Michael Faraday QC
Mr. Justice Glenayre
Janusz Guttner ...
Austrian Ambassador
Lizzie Kavanagh


Natasha Jackson is the daughter of the UK's ambassador-designate to Austria, Sir Alan Jackson. She is charged with murder in the death of Lisa Aeurbach, a journalist. Natasha's defense is that the woman was dead when she arrived for an interview. The case takes an interesting twist when Kavanagh is approached by a mysterious government official whose only concern is to keep HM's ambassador-designate as far away from scandal as possible. Matt decides to move out on his own and his parents are surprised to learn he's sharing a flat with two attractive young women. In Chambers, Peter Foxcott takes an interest in an old friend he has not seen for many years. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

24 March 1997 (UK)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The menu item Mayhew refers to and recommends in Greek to Kavanagh's annoyance is avgolemeno, which is Greek egg and lemon soup. See more »


James Kavanagh QC: [Speaking about Merridew after he has just left] A week ago I'd never met that man. Now I can't move without fallin' over him.
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References The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »

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A step down from Ancient History but a worthwhile episode all the same
16 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Ancient History was one of the more intelligent and harrowing Kavanagh episodes. While a step down, Diplomatic Baggage is still worthwhile, with a gripping story and good acting. It does start off slow, but the script is intelligent, the story is a gripping one concerning the ambassador's daughter accused of murder with the subplot of Matt moving into the new flat, the direction is good and of course the production values and music are excellent. As is the acting, with John Thaw coming off best as Kavanagh, and Julian Curry excellent as the prosecutor, along with an alluring Lena Headey and a sincere Michael Feast. Overall, very good. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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