Garrow’s Law in Australia – thanks for the support!

October 11, 2012

Thanks very much to everyone that has been visiting this website from Australia. I really appreciate your comments and have passed them on to the team.  We put a lot of effort into the show and I’m really glad that you enjoyed it. There are certainly more cases that we could do, but the BBC have said that they will not be commissioning a fourth series I’m afraid.

For reference, here is a link to a short documentary I made about Garrow and Garrow’s Law which is available as a bonus feature to the Series 2 dvd.
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with best wishes


Series 4 + my best bits!

February 7, 2012

Hello everyone,

Having seen the note in The Sun, and today’s piece in The Bolton News (it quotes a BBC spokesperson as saying: “BBC1 will screen more than 20 new dramas this year, but Garrow’s Law will not be returning.” ) it seems fair to say that there will be no series 4 of Garrow’s Law.

I remember when I first came across Garrow way back in 2008. I was looking through the Old Bailey archives on the website trying to come up with ideas for a drama based on real cases for Twenytwenty televsion. Once I’d narrowed down the period that i was interested in, it wasn’t as much a case of me finding Garrow, but Garrow finding me! He appeared in so many cases in the Old Bailey that you can’t help but wonder, who was this guy? I was fascinated and captivated and it’s been a real pleasure to have the opportunity to delve into his life and come up with cases and stories for the show.

I know that for many people there’s no substitute for more episodes but, if you are left wanting more, then I genuinely urge you to go to the excellent website and have a browse.  It’s so easy to use – just pop Garrow’s name into the search engine and browse the cases.  John Beattie’s scholarly article about Garrow, John Hostettler’s biography of Garrow and the Garrow Soceity website are all great additional resources. Also, I can’t recommend strongly enough the book The Bar and the Old Bailey by Allyson May – it’s a really detailed account of the Bar around Garrow’s time and is full of great information.

Many people have been so helpful to me that I’d be here all day if I listed them all but I’d like to give special thanks to oldbaileyonline and Prof Tim Hitchcock, and the Librarian and staff at Lincoln’s Inn library who have been so great in helping me dig out obscure and dusty volumes of cases. Also, I’d like to thank the producers of the show, TwentyTwenty television and writer Tony Marchant – it’s their attention to detail that makes the magic. And the actors too, Andy, Aiden, Alun, Lyndsy, Rupert, Michael…  OK I’ll be here all day!

Thanks also to everyone that watched the show and came on this site to find out more. The whole reason I put information up here was because I wanted people to have a sense of the real cases that inspired the show. When I started, I wasn’t sure if people would be interested, but with close to 60,000 visitors, I’m delighted it’s been popular.

And finally, I’d like to thank the BBC for commissioning the show over these past three years. I think that shows like Garrow’s Law are the BBC at its best.

Here are my best bits, please do feel free to share your own highlights!

My favourite moment of the series…. it’s a hard one but here’s my top three. The Zong case – this was one of the cases that I included in my original document about the show. When we brought it to screen in Episode 1, series 2 I was proud to be able to shine a light on this sad but important day in our legal history.

Moment two would be the Captain Baillie case, also series 2.  As I say in the interview for the DVD, when I found Baillie’s pamphlet, he’d written in the forward explaining why he was setting down his story – it was in the hope that the plight of the seamen would not be forgotten. I can’t tell you what a feeling it was to dig this up and help make Baillie’s wish come true, some 200 years later.

But, drum roll, best moment…. Garrow’s Law is, after all, a drama so for me, the moment that best captures it was the Jones and Jasker case where one man accuses his lover of sodomy to save himself. The acting, the writing, the case, for me, it all came together in this episode. Tears of sadness and of joy…. perfect sunday night viewing!

with best wishes, and thanks for your support


PS: OK, other favourite bit, this last series when Silvester is imagining he’s a judge and talks about how he’d make Garrow’s life a misery, sustaining every objection and making his life hell, within the strictures of the law of course!


Garrow’s Law Series 4 update…

January 19, 2012

Hi everyone,

I have had lots of questions asking about series 4 of Garrow’s Law.  According to a recent statement from the BBC, the “jury’s still out”.   A number of people have asked me who they should contact to ask for another series.  I have looked into it and the best way is to either leave a message on the BBC points of view messageboard  or to email them directly

I hope this is helpful.  As far as I am aware, the BBC do take the viewers comments into consideration, so if you do want to see another series, it may well be worth firing off a quick email.

with best wishes


Garrow fights with the judge!

November 20, 2011

Another highlight of the episode today was Garrow fighting with Buller.  We took inspiration from a real case, here it is:


Mr Garrow My Lord I Object to the Witness being examined & I take the liberty to state my objection to the Court.

Court You must examine you Witness.

Mr. Garrow I have a right to my Objection.

Court If you do not examine your Witness you shall sit down

Mr. Garrow My Lord I shall not sit down.

Court Then I shall Commit you

Mr. Garrow So your Lordship may

Court Then I certainly will commit you

Mr Garrow There is a point of Law to be argued.

Court there is no point of Law and if there was you are to be assigned to the Court but you are to behave with Decency

Mr Garrow So I do my Lord I have not been used to be interrupted I am here to argue points of Law for the prisoner.

Court You have no right till you are Assigned

Mr. Garrow If you tell me so my Lord I sit down

Court I tell you so.

Mr Garrow I sit down|heath|sit|down#highlight

More info on BBC website

November 12, 2010


I’ve been working on some extra material for the BBC website.  More will be posted as the series progresses, but there’s already some new content about the characters, plus some new links.


The BBC Trailer and clips for Garrow’s Law

November 10, 2010

I tried to embed them, but can’t get it to work – sorry!  Here is the link to both clips!

Andy Buchan interview link

November 10, 2010

Andy Buchan (William Garrow) was interviewed in TV quick magazine.  Here is the link the article.  Enjoy.

I want to know about Garrow’s London – where do I start?

November 9, 2010

Hi everyone,

If you want to find out more about the cases that inspired this series of Garrow’s Law, as well as more information about the period, then the best place to start is the website  It’s not just about cases, there is a real wealth of historical information and analysis on the site,

Don’t forget to try putting in your own name to see whether your great great great great grandparents were ever accused of stealing a hanky!

After that, if you want some info about the Bar and the Old Bailey, then there is a really awesome book called ‘The Bar and the Old Bailey” written by Allyson May.  There is a preview on google books, but otherwise you’ll have to buy it.  It’s worth it though.

Then, as far as Garrow is concerned there is his biography, written by John Hostettler and Richard Braby.  For extra bits of info, check out the Garrow Society . This also has info on the mystery of Lady Sarah.

As the series progresses, I’ll put some info up here with links to further information about the cases that inspired the series and where you can find more info about them.

Happy surfing!


Andy Buchan on This Morning – 10th November!

November 9, 2010


according to this, Andy Buchan, Garrow himself, will be on ITV talking about the show on the 10th Nov.

14th November 2010!

November 2, 2010

It all kicks off Sunday 14th November at 9pm on BBC1

The outline of the first episode is now online!!!

“When 133 African prisoners are thrown overboard from slave ship The Zong in suspicious circumstances, Garrow challenges the brutal trade that regards slaves as cargo, not human beings. …..”

To find out more click: