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Original run: 3 Jan 1995 – 29 Mar 1999
Country of origin: UK
Network: itv UK
Watched by: 16 of 676 535 0%
Total running time: 1 day 16 hours 30 minutes
Episode duration: 90 minutes
IMDB rating: 7.6 of 10 625
MyShows rating: 4.4 of 5 5
"Kavanagh Q.C." is a British television series made by Central Television for ITV between 3 January 1995 – 25 April 2001.
The series starred John Thaw as barrister James Kavanagh QC who comes from a working-class upbringing in Bolton, Greater Manchester. This is only discovered in later episodes as his parents' health deteriorates and through an exchange with a colleague who presumed that Kavanagh was actually a Yorkshireman. The series dealt with his battles in the courtroom as well as his domestic dramas which include the death of his devoted and affectionate wife. Later he begins dating a fellow barrister.
In court Kavanagh is usually seen to be defending a client who seems likely to be convicted until a twist in the case occurs, but occasionally Kavanagh is seen in a prosecuting role. The main plot often features Kavanagh confronting cases with a subtext of racism, sexism or other prejudice. In sub-plots comedy came from the pomposity and self-absorption of Jeremy, a posh barrister in chambers. Kavanagh will not stand for injustice and is never bullied by threats or bribes from those whom he is up against in the courtroom.