Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Kavanagh QC Set 1|
Actor: John Thaw
Directors: Tristram Powell, Colin Gregg, Renny Rye, Paul Greengrass
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga
Studio: Bfs Ent & Multimedia Limi Release Date: 09/12/2006
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Glorious acting and superb courtroom dramas
Craig A. Rimmerman | Ithaca, NY USA | 12/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This entire series has given me endless pleasure from start to finish. Each episode presents a different perspective on the British (and very occasionally the American) legal system. You will also find changing perspectives on British culture and British life. The acting is superb, as is the music. Highly recommended to those who like gripping and well constructed courtroom dramas."
Superior in every way
Uncle Joe Carson | Front Porch of the Shady Rest Hotel | 11/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been watching courtroom dramas (and comedies) for many years. As an American, the only British courtroom show I ever saw was Rumpole of the Bailey, and I came across Kavanagh while searching for something similar. It is, if you will, the dramatic Rumpole. John Thaw is a great actor and the stories are gripping. I hope that additional episodes will be brought to DVD."
Nothing But the Truth: Crown vs. Young, Master Ewan McGregor
azindn | Arizona, USA | 06/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Nothing But the Truth" features a very young and long haired, Ewan McGregor in a role that leaves everyone guessing to the very end. Did he or didn't he? Who's telling the truth? Who is the real victim? One of the series from Kavanagh QC (Queen's Counsel), the superior storyline evidence the high caliber of British drama that Americans rarely find on regular mundane weekly television except PBS Masterpiece Theater. In the title role is the late versatile character actor, John Thaw as James Kavanagh a champion for equal justice in and out of the court. He is harried with an enormous case load, and faces the shaky possibility of loosing his unhappy marriage, as well as his spoiled yuppie puppy offspring at home. Adding to his problems is the case of the Crown versus David Armstrong (Ewan McGregor).
McGregor's character is a young Cambridge student accused of raping an older woman who is the client of a construction company where David works as a summer laborer. The son of an industrial captain, David has wealth, and the good reputation of a gentleman. He is candid and forthright making him a perfect client. Kavanagh is confident and assured of David's innocence. The alleged rape victim (Alison Steadman) is a forty-something housewife. She has an unfaithful husband and her failing marriage leaves her lonely and vulnerable. Not so old that she is unattractive, Kavanagh argues she is not the kind of woman a rich and hot Cambridge boy would have an interest. He asserts the accuser enticed David into her home for a little 'afternoon delight'.
At the crux of the episode is the prejudice that rape is the fault of the victim. Who do we believe -- adorable and respectable David, or a troubled housewife with an itch for firm young flesh? As lawyers spar and examine the incident, the prejudices that surround issues of older women/younger man, class, status, and rape in today's society becomes all the more raw, exposed, and incendiary."
Kavanagh is not Morse, but you'll love this series just the
Mary Whipple | New England | 08/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Actor John Thaw, who as Inspector Morse made that series one of the most popular TV mystery series ever filmed, began work in the Kavanagh QC series immediately upon finishing the Morse series. Kavanagh ran from 1995 - 2001, with Thaw filming Morse specials (1995 - 2000) between episodes and seasons of Kavanagh. Barrister James Kavanagh is a much less brittle character than Morse, a family man whose wife has had an unfortunate affair which they have managed to put behind them, their affection for each other obvious throughout this first season. Their daughter, who is about to start college, has her own baggage and creates the usual kinds of family stress--primarily associated with an arrogant boyfriend whom she wants to have overnight in the Kavanagh household. Their son, a younger teen, is less motivated to study than his father would like.
Each of the four episodes in this set resembles a modern Perry Mason courtroom drama, with Kavanagh defending characters accused of rape, a murder disguised as a traffic accident, a child custody/abuse case, and the murder of a businessman by a prostitute. In all these cases, the situation is established in the first half of the program, as the viewer becomes familiar with the characters, along with Morse's current home problems. The second half features very civilized court proceedings as Morse defends the client while his colleagues conduct the prosecution. Unlike the Perry Mason series, however, justice is not always served in these more realistic dramas, even if Kavanagh wins.
"Kavanagh" director Colin Gregg directed some of the Morse series, and cinematographer Nigel Walters, though not part of the Morse "family," shows the same skill with unusual angles, the use of windows to show inside and outside action, and the use of contrast (especially with the black and white of the courtroom). Here he also excels in the filming of domestic scenes, missing from the Morse series, capturing facial expressions and small gestures that reveal emotions.
The first episode, "Nothing But the Truth," has some sound problems, with conversations difficult to hear when filmed along a busy street, for example, and the fast patter, some of it with atypical accents, make understanding the first 20 - 30 minutes of this episode a bit difficult for an American. These problems were corrected in later episodes. Overall, this is a terrific series, certain to appeal to lovers of Morse and equally certain to attract new viewers. The courtroom dramas are extremely well done--dramatic, beautifully photographed, filled with both spontaneous and controlled emotion, and thoughtful--as Kavanagh tries to serve justice while defending his clients. n Mary Whipple