At the Old Bailey, pioneering barrister William Garrow (Andrew Buchan, Cranford) continues to fight for prisoners' rights, an uphill battle in 18th-century England. The French Revolution has made the state more determined than ever to hold onto power, and Garrow's own circumstances are dire. Now living with Lady Sarah Hill (Lyndsey Marshal, Rome), he is impoverished and ostracized by his peers. Separated from her husband, the vengeful MP Sir Arthur Hill (Rupert Graves, Sherlock, The Forsyte Saga), Lady Sarah is persona non grata in the eyes of the law. On top of it all, Garrow's mentor and friend, John Southouse (Alun Armstrong, Little Dorrit, New Tricks), is seriously ill. The cases Garrow takes are especially risky. Defending a would-be assassin of King George III, he challenges the legal definition of madness. He also exposes weavers' horrible working conditions and puts British colonial governance on trial. Meanwhile, a proposition tests Garrow's professional integrity--but could give Lady Sarah what she desperately desires. 4 episodes, 4 hours, 2 DVDs, SDH.
Garrow is perplexed by his latest client, a man who shot at King George III and missed. Is he a madman or an assassin? Garrow's defense threatens both the state and the king, who has his own mental health problems. Meanwhile, Lady Sarah pines for her son.
Garrow defends two Spitalfield silk weavers accused of destroying looms, an act of industrial sabotage. When one testifies against the other, the case becomes more complicated. Lady Sarah confronts Sir Arthur, and Southouse takes ill.
When the governor of Trinidad is accused of a brutal crime, Garrow sees a chance to expose the whole colonial system. But his nemesis, Lord Melville, has a proposition: if Garrow will limit his prosecution, Melville will help Lady Sarah gain custody of her son.
Garrow is alone and grieving. Lady Sarah has left him, and he can no longer turn to Southouse for counsel. Persuaded by Southouse's nephew George to defend a man falsely accused of murder, Garrow discovers a cover-up and puts himself in grave danger.
- "A Day in the Life of Garrow's Law" featurette
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 240 minutes, plus bonus programming
Number of Discs: 2
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
"BBC period drama at its very best" --British Heritage Magazine
"Enlightening" --Seattle Times
"One of the best historical dramas...in years" --Scripps Howard News Service
Royal Television Society Award Winner for Best History Category (2010)