Garrow's Law

Season 1 Episode 1

Season One, Episode One

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 01, 2009 on BBC
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Season One, Episode One

William Garrow is a young idealistic barrister who's just been given his first criminal defence case at the Old Bailey.

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      • John Southouse: The wisdom of the court observes that it requires no manner of skill to make a plain and honest defence.
        William Garrow: But it will. One day it will.

      • William Garrow: How long have you been in the honourable business of thief-taking?
        Edward Forrester: I cannot rightly tell.
        William Garrow: Well, guess a little, how long?
        Edward Forrester:Clearly, some time longer than you have been a counsellor.

      • William Garrow: You will learn that the Law is not a game for gentlemen.
        Silvester: Will I? And you'll learn to become a gentleman or there shall be no law for you at all.

      • John Southouse: (to Garrow)If you are going to insult, your tongue must at least be well prepared with the sharpest of facts.

      • Lady Sarah Hill: My husband would consider my participation in this an infidelity.
        William Garrow: It shall remain a confidence we share. But in defence, and in this case above all, I am disadvantaged in Law.

      • Sir Arthur Hill: You do not favour the protection of our society in prosecution?
        William Garrow: The Bloody Code upheld? The terror of the rope, the branding iron, the thief-taker's corruption that sends innocent men to Tyburn?
        Sir Arthur Hill: And you think a battle amongst counsel the best way of arriving at the truth?
        William Garrow: The prisoner in the dock has been too long left to his fate for want of a counsel.
        Sir Arthur Hill: And is your loyalty to the prisoner or your fee?
        William Garrow: My loyalty is to the truth.
        Sir Arthur Hill: But you'll settle for finding a "not guilty" regardless of the truth?
        William Garrow: And you think we should eke out injustice all day long for one wrong verdict that may come between?
        Sir Arthur Hill: I will not believe that the Law is a lie. And I think I may be better minded to listen to talk of reform were it not so bound up with the burgeoning prospects of defence counsel.

      • John Southouse: You are in the Law, you cannot be in contempt of it.
        William Garrow: The Law itself is contemptible.

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