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Get Carman: The Trials of George Carman QC (2002)

A factual drama telling the extraordinary story of Britain's most renowned courtroom advocate, George Carman QC.


Colin Barr


Colin Barr


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Credited cast:
David Suchet ... George Carman QC
Lisa Maxwell ... Gillian Taylforth
Douglas Reith ... Jonathan Aitken
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarah Berger Sarah Berger ... Jani Allen
Alicia Devine Alicia Devine ... Linda Shaw
Philip Dunbar Philip Dunbar ... Justice Popplewell
Alex McSweeney Alex McSweeney ... Geoff Knights
Clive Perrott Clive Perrott ... Norman Scott
Richard Syms ... Judge Cantley
William Whymper William Whymper ... Peter Bessell


A factual drama telling the extraordinary story of Britain's most renowned courtroom advocate, George Carman QC.

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Biography | Drama







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5 April 2002 (UK) See more »


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GBP300,000 (estimated)
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Trials of life
10 December 2014 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

By the time George Carman QC had died his reputation as a lawyer was so great it was said that he could get Stevie Wonder a pilot's licence.

However after a string of libel victories in the 1990s he was seen as untouchable by the media and if anyone was thinking of pursuing a libel case against a newspaper the editor would order that they get Carman first before the other side does.

Carman died in January 2001 and it was only then mutterings of his gambling, drinking, abusive relationships with his wives became more open.

Therefore this drama documentary from 2002 was a little bit more open about George Carmen. David Suchet plays the famous barrister as he speaks to the camera about some of his famous cases and various milestones in his legal career such as the Jeremy Thorpe trial which made his name in the late 1970s.

We have dramatisations of some of his infamous cross examinations such as the Gillian Taylforth trial. Suchet played him cold as steel and rather calculating with little of the theatricals that some barrister's in court are associated with. It seems Suches may have found a dark heart to his subject who certainly was no showman from Blackpool.

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