Kavanagh Q.C.

ITV (ended 2001)


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Kavanagh Q.C.

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Welcome to the Kavanagh Q.C. guide at TV.com. James Kavanagh (played by the late John Thaw, who also starred in Inspector Morse) is a QC (for an explanation of QC, see below), although an unusual one, being from a tough working-class background. In each episode of the show he deals with a challenging case which puts his many skills to the test. The show is often repeated on U.K. television, and all episodes are now available on DVD. QC: In the English legal system, a barrister is a lawyer who has the right to be heard in higher courts, while a QC is a Queen's Counsel, one of the select band of leading barristers recognized by the Lord Chancellor. (A QC becomes a King's Counsel when the reigning monarch is a man.) QCs wear a black silk gown with a flap collar and long closed sleeves, instead of the shorter black cotton gown with open sleeves used by ordinary barristers. On ceremonial occasions, QCs wear long wigs (like judges), black breeches, silk stockings, and lace jabots at the neck instead of white linen bands.moreless