First review of series II

October 29, 2010

Hi everyone,

We had the press screening of the first epsiode of Garrow’s Law earlier this week.  And, hot off the starting blocks, the first review has appeared: ‘Garrow’s Law returns as a richer and bolder show.’

Hold onto your hats, only a few weeks to go before transmission!


October 9, 2010

Hi everyone,

Want a clue about the new series? An actor has just updated their cv to add the Garrow’s Law credit.  He even says which character he played ….


Filming done for DVD!

September 24, 2010

So, the DVD filming all went well.  We had remarkable access to documents at Lincoln’s Inn – Garrow’s old textbook for example, with his student scribblings in the margins – as well as some real historical experts.

We’re going to edit it in the coming weeks.  If I can, I’ll put an excerpt or two on the website here.

bye for now


Garrow’s Law: update!

September 20, 2010

Hi everyone,

The second series are all ‘in the can’ as they say.  Having watched the first Episode I can say we’re in a for a treat this time.  It looks really great.

What else is new: later this week I start filming a mini documentary about some of the historical elements of the show.  This will be included as a ‘bonus feature’ on the  DVD of the second series.  I’ve got a few historians lined up, as well as access to some really interesting Garrow artefacts.  It will be written and directed by me, with many thanks to The Theory for producing, filming and editing it (

Will keep you all posted on how it progresses.

with best wishes


It’s official: Garrow’s coming back

May 11, 2010

hi everyone,

I am delighted to let you know that Garrow’s Law is coming back!  The Executive Producer, Dominic Barlow was on Points of View and he said

“we’ve been commissioned for a second series we’ll start filming in late june for another 4 Episodes hopefully for transmission late this year.”

Check it out!

We’ve got loads of great stuff on the way!!

Garrow’s grave

May 7, 2010

Hi everyone,

You may be interested to read this article that came out today about where Garrow is buried – you can book a tour to see it if you’re down in Kent.

with best wishes


New interview + great new case

April 15, 2010

Hi everyone,

I am writing to let you know about a really great thing.  A few months ago, I was contacted by some of the children at Sandylands primary school. They were looking into a case (from around Garrow’s period) of two children who were found guilty of stealing and transported to Australia.

They came up to London with their teacher and we spent a very enjoyable morning together in Lincoln’s Inn.  The children asked me some questions about the period and the interview is online on their site.

The site is a really fun thing to have a look at. What I  enjoyed was their re-creation of the trial of young George and Elizabeth.  In addition to all of the actors, they have absolutely fantastic and creative wigs!  Anyway, I think all of the work on the project is fantastic and everyone who took part in it – in front of the camera and behind the scenes – deserves warm congratulations.

Well done Sandylands!

Here is the link

with best wishes


RTS awards – photos!

March 18, 2010

(Left to right): Steve Russell (Ep 3); Damian Wayling (Ep 4); Tony Marchant (Co-creator); Me!; Hilary Norrish (Script Exec.)

Mark Pallis (happy man!!)

(Left to right) Gary Davy (Casting Director); Dominic Barlow (Producer); Jamie Isaacs (Executive Producer), Lyndsey Marshal (Lady Sarah Hill; Tony Marchant; Steve Russell; Damian Wayling; Mark Pallis; HIlary Norrish

The jury’s statement was as follows:

“The jury were very impressed by the accessible telling of such a good ‘unknown’ dramatic story based on strong historical research.”

We’re all delighted and think this bodes very well for the second series!

Thanks to everyone who sent us messages!

RTS Awards – Garrow’s Law wins!

March 17, 2010

Hi everyone,

I was at the RTS awards last night and I am pleased to report that Garrow’s Law scooped the History prize!

It was the first time I’d gone to an award ceremony and it was a lot of fun. I arrived at the Grovesnor House Hotel on Park Lane at 7.00 and went to the bar to meet the rest of the team.  We had a great spread of people including Lady Sarah Hill (Lyndsey Marshal)and the Director (Peter Lydon) representing the show.  After a quick drink, we were ushered down to the floor to take our places at the table.

I kept my menu, so if you’re interested, we had the following: Wild mushroom and basil ravioli; Lamb ;Lime creme brulee; coffee.  The tables were also very well stocked with wine!

The History award came around quickly.  We were competing against the exciting 1066 – The Battle for MIddle Earth, and the outstanding Iran and the West. They showed clips of each entry.  For Garrow’s they showed the clip from episode one where Garrow cross examines a witness in the infanticide trial – you know the one, he yells ‘my client’s life is at stake’.

And then host Rob Brydon read out the jury’s comments, which were really complimentary, but I can’t remember what they were!  And then, boom, the winner is, Garrow’s Law.  The producer, Dominic Barlow, Exec Producer, Jamie Issacs, Co-creator and writer, Tony Marchant, and the BBC Commissioning Editor Mark Bell all went up to collect the award.  There were many many people to get through so there were no speeches!

I took a few photos which I’ll upload when I have the film developed.

I’m really thrilled that we won, and let’s hope that this cements and second, and, hey, why not even a third series!

with best wishes


RTS Award nomination!

March 2, 2010


Garrow’s Law has been nominated for an RTS award!

fingers crossed!

Thanks to Liz Hanbury for pointing this out!