Episode 4 – inspirations

December 5, 2010

Hi everyone!

If you want to read about some of the cases which inspired this episode, go to the BBC pages where you can read my notes about the case.

Don’t forget to scroll down or click here to watch an exclusive preview of the special mini-documentary on Garrow that will be available with the DVD of series 2.

And if anyone is thinking of criminal conversation, be warned: “The legislation existed in many U.S. states in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but has been abolished in all but North Carolina, Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico and Utah.” And just this year, someone was awarded damages of £6million. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1259677/Cynthia-Shackelford-sues-mistress-Anne-Lundquist-6m.html#ixzz17Jp7a4Mc

Thanks for watching and hope to see you all again next series.


with best wishes


Episode 3, Inspirations

November 28, 2010

Hi everyone,

My notes on the real cases that inspired this episode of Garrow’s Law is online now here at the BBC website.

In addition to the details, if you want to see Captain Baillie’s original pamplet, it’s online here

The speech that Garrow made in the Baillie case was in fact made by Thomas Erskine.  To read Erskine’s speech in full, click here. In particular, scroll down to page 30 to see the bit about Lord Sandwich, that was so outrageous that it was blanked out!!

Inspirations Episode 2, continued

November 21, 2010


Hope you enjoyed tonight’s episode.  All the links and text are on the bbc website

For collected documents about the real Captain Jones, and the debate his case caused in society, click here


Inspirations for Episode 2

November 18, 2010

Hi. The BBC have uploaded some links if you want to learn more about some of the issues in the upcoming episode of Garrow’s Law.  However, if I were you, I’d hang on until after show!  But, if you can’t wait, please Click here

Episode 2 trailer

November 16, 2010

Click here for the trailer for episode 2 on the BBC website

Find out more about the Zong and slavery

November 14, 2010


In addition to the links and the text I’ve written on the BBC pages about the Zong,

here are some other really cool ones:

1) Dramatization of  Granville Sharp’s letters about the Zong incident


2) National Maritime Museum papers on the Zong – why not go for a visit and see the real papers yourself – it is absolutely fascinating


3) This is really interesting: The Journal of Legal History, Volume 28 Issue 3 2007, Zong Symposium (subscription required)


4 )  Understanding Slavery Briefing pack including reference to Act of Parliament in 1790 that resulted from the Zong Case. http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:CyGjcRIcjcAJ:www.understandingslavery.com/index.php%3Foption%3Dcom_resources%26view%3Ddownload%26id%3D205%26Itemid%3D2+‘no+loss+or+damage+shall+be+recoverable+on+account+of+the+mortality+of+slaves+by+natural+death+or+ill+treatment,+or+against+loss+by+throwing+overboard+of+slaves+on+any+account+whatsoever’&hl=en&gl=uk&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESgOhrjr75jh2RTn2s47b2u6GMucX2E-q6Y23xkjiTWy709NqzkdSgDxxZyz-DHiZKL4RZojEjEt4B1_3sGxms5KQ129j_TNPm6NfR7SbPy0KesWquPh3roTZqb0-1v7Fzjv-Lc8&sig=AHIEtbQCwGKqEGFb3Evim_a7c40N8WH3FA

5) National Archives – The Somerset Ruling


6) English Heritage – Slavery and the Law


7) Case of insurance fraud at the Old Bailey – sentence is death!

Case of Edward Gilson 1807


8 ) What is a ‘Hulk Ship’?


9) What is a recommendation to mercy?  http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/static/Verdicts.jsp

10) Where was the original Zong case heard? The Guildhall http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/discover/people-and-places/the-slave-trade-and-abolition/sites-of-memory/the-slave-trade-and-plantation-wealth/

11) What about Garrow and Slavey? Geoffrey Robertson Preface to Garrow Biography


Hope you enjoyed the show!

November 14, 2010

Where now?

Go onto the BBC website and have a look at the real cases and characters



with best wishes


Garrow’s Law: Series Two real cases

November 13, 2010

Hi everyone,

I’ve been quite busy getting the info on the real cases that inspired this season’s Garrow’s Law.

Here is a piece I wrote in the Guardian:


And here is a much longer piece that I did for the BBC website.


Happy surfing!

Blog by Tony Marchant about Garrow’s Law

November 12, 2010

Hi everyone,

Read this, you’ll love it!