Garrow's Law

Season 3 Episode 3

Season Three, Episode Three

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 27, 2011 on BBC
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Season Three, Episode Three

Garrow is faced with a difficult case and a difficult choice: he takes on the British colonial system by prosecuting General Thomas Picton for allowing a torture as a governor of Trinidad; but Lord Melville offers him a deal in exchange for helping Lady Sarah get her son back. Garrow has to make an impossible choice: love or honour. It cannot be both. Meanwhile, Southouse's health deteriorates.


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Stephen Boxer

Stephen Boxer

Lord Melville

Guest Star

Sasha Frost

Sasha Frost

Luisa Calderon

Guest Star

Harry Melling

Harry Melling

George Pinnock

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Garrow was opposed to slave labour: when the sugar planters of the West Indies offered him a job managing their legal affairs, he answered: "if your committee would give me their whole incomes, and all their estates, I would not be seen as the advocate of practices which I abhor, and a system which I detest".

    • The real trial of Thomas Picton was in 1806 and William Garrow was a prosecutor; many see it as Garrow's finest hour. In reality, Silvester and Judge Buller were not involved in the trial, and more time passed between the incident and the trial: Luisa Calderon was around eleven years old when she was tortured.

    • Gaol fever or jail fever is known as typhus and more prisoners at Newgate died of it than were ever put to death under the bloody code. Several court officials died from it as well because prisoners would bring the disease with them into court.

    • The sentence Southouse whispers to Garrow is a Latin phrase: 'Fiat justitia ruat caelum', which means 'Let justice be done though the heavens fall'.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Lord Melville: Every man reaches a point in his life when he must compromise, or fail.

    • Lord Melville: I will use my influence with Hill, and you know how great that is, to get him to give over Samuel into your charge.
      William Garrow: So Melville wills and Garrow acts?
      Lord Melville: In consistency with his desire, his duty and his honour.
      William Garrow: I perceive here some shabby offer, some sly, underhanded, political manoeuvre and I do not like it.
      Lord Melville: Careful, not too rash.
      William Garrow: May I just say that my honour is in no-one's hands but my own.

    • William Garrow: (to General Picton) Today, sir, you are in a place where the common notions of justice do apply. And are demanded by this lady, for herself, and for all the others that you have tormented and murdered with your diabolical brutality. The beast in Trinidad, sir, is you.

    • Lady Sarah Hill: It is, of course, true that a man's love for his son may be deep, when it is present.
      Sir Arthur Hill: You shame yourself, madam!
      Lady Sarah Hill: But this man's affection for Samuel is not a shadow of mine, his mother! Do I not have claim, in part at least, to the child I laboured long to bring into the world?
      Sir Arthur Hill: You abandoned him! You lie!
      Lady Sarah Hill: You stole him from me!

    • William Garrow: Do you remember how generous you were, Mr Southouse, to that... callow young man so sorely in need of your good wisdom and your quiet affection to guide him? How liberally you gave it both. And how much you are loved for it in return. Father... My teacher... Conscience... I hope you have considered me a creditable pupil.

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