Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
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Twenty-two bystanders at a motor-cross race are killed when an RAF plane crashes into the crowd, and Kavanagh defends the radicalized young woman responsible.


Tristram Powell


Stephen Churchett (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... James Kavanagh QC
Jude Akuwudike ... Matthew Atta
Joseph Alessi Joseph Alessi ... Walter
Daisy Bates ... Kate Kavanagh
Candida Benson Candida Benson ... Vicky
Tom Brodie ... Matt Kavanagh
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Francis Durden
Jon Croft Jon Croft ... Bereaved Father
Penny Downie ... Mrs. Rosalind McEnery
Oliver Ford Davies ... Peter Foxcott QC
Rebecca Front ... Cathy Winslow
Patrick Godfrey ... Ross Harkins
Sam Graham ... Corporal Nicholas Coveney
Ian Higgins Ian Higgins ... Flying Officer Sam Pollard
Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Hutchings ... Trevor Gregton


An RAF jet plane crashes onto a moto-cross event, killing twenty-two people,including friends of Matt, Kavanagh's son. The mechanic who serviced it kills himself when he discovers his girlfriend,Charlotte, whom he knew as Lisa, used him to access plans of the base and its planes. She has connections to a French radical group and is charged with sabotage and conspiracy to murder. Her arrogant stance and Matt's disapproval do not help as Kavanagh calls witnesses to show that the crash was, in fact, an accident. Jeremy's attempts to become a Euro MP end in disaster as does - almost - a conjuring trick Peter tries at a chambers dinner. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The Baeder-Meinhof Gang mentioned in the story was a radical and ruthless group of urban guerrillas that operated in Germany during the 60s and 70s. See more »


Peter Foxcott QC: [Reacting to Aldermarten's intention to re-enter politics again] Labor though, Jeremy?
Jeremy Aldermarten QC: How many times did Churchill change his party?
Peter Foxcott QC: [laughs] Oh, yes, but he did have the common touch.
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Simply outstanding
25 May 2009 | by twe001See all my reviews

Another outstanding performance from the late and lamented John Thaw as the crusty QC, Kavanaugh. I like the way the various stories, including his personal life and interfaces, are weaved together almost seamlessly for this episode. Actually, the entire ensemble give stellar performances. The story line is probably the weakest link, but you can't help but be taken in by the great performances.

John Thaw, who most will remember in his unforgettable role of Chief Detective Inspector Morse, created a completely believable role as a Queens Counsel, a husband and a father in this series. Both characters shared a love of poetry as shown in this episode. The strength of his character is shown by the hard choices he must make in defending clients who by all means are not the most popular, in this episode in particular. Each Kavanaugh episode is a gem in itself. This episode was well constructed and had, in my opinion, no wasted scenes or characters. If you love John Thaw, then you will love this episode if not the entire series

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8 March 1999 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK

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1.33 : 1
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