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Kavanagh Q.C.

All Episodes 1995 - 2001

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  • Ended
  • ITV
  • 1995-01-03T00:00:00Z
  • 75 mins
  • 1 day, 9 hours, 45 mins (27 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Carlton Television + 1 more, Carlton UK Productions
  • Drama, Crime
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James Kavanagh QC is one of the top flight barristers in Britain. Each episode has him handling challenging cases and defendants which put his skills to the test regularly.
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30 episodes

1x01 Nothing But the Truth

  • Series Premiere

    1995-01-03T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh is called upon to defend an alleged rapist, David Armstrong, a young labourer accused of attacking the housewife he works for in her home.

1x02 Heartland

  • 1995-01-10T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh is asked to prosecute an ex-police officer turned vigilante when he is the driver of a car which hits a teenager.

1x03 A Family Affair

  • 1995-01-17T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh represents a determined father in a bitter custody battle, but finds himself having to persuade the eager dad not to take matters into his own hands after learning of his previous kidnappings.

1x04 The Sweetest Thing

  • 1995-01-24T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh defends a prostitute accused of murdering a wealthy and prominent businessman who was also a client. Everything points to her guilt except her own passionate protestations of innocence. Meanwhile, Kavanagh's daughter, Lizzie, has an interview for her dream job in Brussels, and Kavanagh's junior, Julia, takes part in a cricket match.

2x01 True Commitment

  • Season Premiere

    1996-02-26T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

The daughter of a wealthy Jewish businessman and her boyfriend plan to murder a member of the neo-Nazi opposition. They are successful in killing a 17-year-old skinhead at a demonstration, yet when Mark, the boyfriend, is arrested, he claims the killing was an accident. Meanwhile, the Kavanagh's home life is abruptly ruffled by the news that Kate, an undergraduate at Cambridge, is having an affair with her married tutor.

2x02 Men of Substance

  • 1996-03-04T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh is forced to replace the prosecutor who suffers a heart attack while on a Customs case involving the importation of drugs from Holland.

2x03 The Burning Deck

  • 1996-03-11T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh represents the son of a Vice Admiral charged with arson. Despite his best efforts, the court finds Kavanagh's client guilty. The truth of the matter, however, turns out to be more complex. Meanwhile, the Kavanagh children organize a surprise anniversary party for their parents

2x04 A Sense of Loss

  • 1996-03-19T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

What appears to be a open and shut case in the murder of a young policewoman turns out not to be what it initially seems under cross examination.

2x05 A Stranger in the Family

  • 1996-03-26T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

Even though he has not done a personal injury case for 20 years, Kavanagh is chosen as the leader in a case against a Thames River Recycling Centre, whose employee sustained spinal and brain damage from being struck by a swinging container. Meanwhile at home, Kavanagh's son besieges him with a plot to buy him a car.

2x06 Job Satisfaction

  • 1996-04-01T23:00:00Z — 75 mins

The son and daughter of a prosperous farmer are charged with the murder of their father and stepmother. A planted shotgun seems to provide the only evidence linking them to the gruesome killings. Kavanagh represents the daughter and loses the case, but in the appeal Kavanagh convinces the court that judicial errors were made in the original trial and his client is released. His client, a weak and manipulated woman, knows the real truth, however, but is too afraid to confess.

3x01 Mute of Malice

  • Season Premiere

    1997-03-03T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh defends a client who has become mute after announcing that he has killed his brother.

3x02 Blood Money

  • 1997-03-10T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

When surgeon Hilary Jameson successfully operates on a computer tycoon involved in a car accident, she has every reason to suppose he'll survive. Within a matter of minutes, however, the patient's wife learns that he is dead. What happened in that brief period? This is the problem Kavanagh must solve when he prosecutes on behalf of the widow.

3x03 Ancient History

  • 1997-03-17T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh prosecutes an apparently blameless family doctor in an unprecedented war crime trial. The court hears devastating testimony as victims of Nazi atrocities re-live their experiences in concentration camps, but it's left to a witness for the defence to reveal the final truth.

3x04 Diplomatic Baggage

  • 1997-03-24T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh discovers how dark the corridors of power can be when he defends the daughter of a British ambassador on a charge of murdering an Austrian journalist. Meanwhile, Kavanagh's son moves into a squat.

3x05 The Ties That Bind

  • 1997-04-06T23:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh fights for justice on behalf of a young man brutally killed, in a rare private prosecution for murder. The odds, however, are against him, since there are powerful reasons for the truth to be kept hidden.

3x06 In God We Trust

  • 1997-04-13T23:00:00Z — 75 mins

Driven by a desire for justice, and to help his former colleague Julia Piper, now married to an American lawyer, Kavanagh flies to the US to assist with the appeal of a convicted murderer on Florida's death row.

4x01 Memento Mori

  • Season Premiere

    1998-03-17T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh defends a doctor accused of murdering his wife. Although the prosecution has several witnesses who provide evidence, the accused maintains his innocence. After the verdict, however, Kavanagh learns of an ironic twist.

4x02 Care in the Community

  • 1998-03-24T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh heads to his hometown of Bolton to defend a man who, together with his partner, is accused of murdering their 14-month-old daughter. Kavanagh's tactics have to change however when it becomes clear that the young couple are telling quite different stories.

4x03 Briefs Trooping Gaily

  • 1998-03-30T23:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh defends a woman accused of killing her husband. Although she admits to killing him for repeatedly beating her, Kavanagh urges her not to admit it in court. Meanwhile,a colleague of Kavanagh's asks him to represent him before the Conduct Committee when he's accused of looking at the wrong brief.

4x04 Bearing Witness

  • 1998-04-06T23:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh represents a Jehovah's Witness mother when a hospital wants her 13-year-old son to have a blood transfusion that will save his life. When the mother refuses, Luke is made a ward of court and the hospital seeks judicial permission to go ahead with the transfusion. The hospital wins its action, and Luke is given a transfusion. Escaping from hospital with the help of his mother, Luke dies shortly afterward. When his father, prompted by a national newspaper, brings an action for manslaughter against his estranged wife, Kavanagh is called as a reluctant witness.

4x05 The Innocency of Life

  • 1998-04-13T23:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh is asked to defend a Reverend accused of sexual harassment by a recently widowed parishioner. When Kavanagh begins to make inquiries regarding the death of the victim's husband, she mysteriously withdraws her complaint against the Reverend and the case collapses. Later Kavanagh discovers that she has become engaged to the vicar and finds himself defending her against charges that she murdered her husband.

4x06 Dead Reckoning

  • 1998-04-20T23:00:00Z — 75 mins

When a trawler sinks off the coast of North Yorkshire, taking the lives of five people, an enquiry establishes that the boat was in disrepair. Kavanagh is on the team prosecuting the boat owner and father of one of the victims, charged with five counts of manslaughter. He must counter the owner's defence that a Royal Navy submarine surfaced near the trawler and capsized her.

4x07 Ceremony of Innocence

  • no air date — 75 mins

This episode was never broadcast - the storyline became 'Time of Need' in S05E03

4x08 Seasons of Mist

  • no air date — 75 mins

This episode was never broadcast - the storyline became 'End Games' as S05E04

5x01 Previous Convictions

  • Season Premiere

    1999-03-08T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

RAF mechanic Nicholas Coveney has discovered that his lover Charlotte Sinclair is having an affair with another man, Francois Baudin. Preoccupied by this news, he is negligent in servicing a jet, which consequently crashes soon after take-off at a nearby moto-cross event in which Kavanagh's son Matt is taking part. The plane's two crewman and a number of spectators are killed. When Coveney discovers technical drawings and plans of the base at Charlotte's flat, he realises that he has simply been used to further Charlotte and Francois' political ends. When Charlotte is charged with murder and theft, Kavanagh agrees to defend a woman who is arguably the most hated in the country, despite the heartfelt protests of his grieving son.

5x02 The More Loving One

  • 1999-03-15T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

Michael Woodley and Annie Fisk, two young lovers, have fled to London from the stifling, middle-class rural community where they were brought up, and where Michael, found guilty of setting fire to a doctor's surgery, was given a suspended sentence. Annie is doing her best to beat a drug problem with Michael's help and support, but one day when Michael returns to their flat, he discovers that she is using drugs again. His patience snaps and he storms out of the house, noticed by a district nurse visiting the couple's elderly neighbour. Soon after a loud explosion at the lovers' flat leaves Michael numb with shock and he tells the nurse and police that he killed Annie. Charged with murder, Michael is defended by Kavanagh, who is baffled by the boy's reluctance to explain what happened and by the emotional frigidity of his parents. A second pathologist's report reveals Annie was pregnant when she died. Kavanagh's dilemma is should he tell his client and further burden him with guilt, or k

5x03 Time of Need

  • 1999-03-22T00:00:00Z — 75 mins

A junior minister at the Home Office decides to bring a case of malicious prosecution after she is cleared of indecent assault on a juvenile. But Kavanagh discovers that the truth is more extraordinary than he could ever have imagined and we will find out what really happen.

5x04 End Games

  • 1999-03-28T23:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh finds himself fighting prejudice and corruption when he acts for a client who is appealing against a murder conviction, can he find out the truth and overcomes all the odds that are against his client.

5x05 N/A

  • no air date — 99 mins

Kavanagh gets the once-in-a-lifetime chance to become a High Court judge - but there are strings attached.

6x01 The End of Law

  • Season Premiere

    2001-04-24T23:00:00Z — 75 mins

Kavanagh gets the once-in-a-lifetime chance to become a High Court judge - but there are strings attached.

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