In the late 18th century, young idealistic barrister William Garrow is given his first criminal defence case at the Old Bailey by attorney and mentor John Southouse. He defends Peter Pace, who is accused by renowned thief-taker Edward Forrester of robbing a man at gunpoint.
The case is won by Garrow's nemesis Silvester, but Garrow's impressive performance in court catches the eye of Lady Sarah Hill. She instructs him to defend a helpless serving girl, Elizabeth Jarvis, who stands accused of murdering her newborn baby. Garrow learns a harsh lesson from his first case, and vows to defend the life of Elizabeth.
|Lady Sarah||Lyndsey Marshal|
|Sir Arthur||Rupert Graves|
|Judge Buller||Michael Culkin|
|Mr Sibley||Andy Linden|
|Mary Pace||Frances Grey|
|Peter Pace||Finlay Robertson|
|William Grove||Jeremy Swift|
|Mrs Browning||Julie Hale|
|Mrs Tarling||Teresa Churcher|
|Elizabeth Jarvis||Tessa Nicholson|
|Dr Herring||Mark Tandy|
|Mary Langstaffe||Pauline Knowles|
|Eliza Radnell||Vicki Liddelle|