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Garrow's Law: tales from The Old Bailey – introduction

L-R: William Garrow (Andy Buchan) and Southouse (Alun Armstrong)

Fighting For Justice... The 18th century legal world comes to life in new four-part drama on BBC One, inspired by the life of the pioneering barrister William Garrow, starring Andrew Buchan (Cranford, The Fixer), Alun Armstrong (New Tricks, Little Dorrit), Lyndsey Marshal (Rome) and Aidan McArdle (The Duchess, Beautiful People).

Co-created by Tony Marchant (The Knight's Tale, Holding On, Crime And Punishment), Garrow's Law is set in the Old Bailey of Georgian London against a backdrop of corruption and social injustice and is based on real cases from the late 18th century.

Each one-hour episode begins with the investigation of a case sourced from the Old Bailey archives, from rape and murder to high treason and corruption, and follows Garrow (Buchan) and his associate Southouse (Armstrong) working to uncover the truth or fight for justice.

In an age where the defence counsel acted in the minority of cases the young Garrow championed the underdog and pioneered the rigorous cross-examination of prosecution that paved the way for our modern legal system of today.

"A gifted maverick, at times arrogant and with a burning sense of destiny, Garrow is driven to change the nature of the trial against a backdrop of social and political upheaval," says Jamie Isaacs, Executive Producer, Twenty Twenty Television.

Garrow's Law is a Twenty Twenty/Shed Media Scotland production for BBC One. The series was commissioned by Mark Bell, the BBC's Commissioning Editor for Arts, for BBC Knowledge.

GJ

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