Garrow’s Law – series 2 DVD released

The second series of BBC TV’s Garrow’s Law is now available on DVD.

Focusing heavily on Garrow’s relationship with Sarah, this series portrays Garrow as a man regularly searching his conscience as he grapples with the difficult social, legal and political issues of his time. Caught in the grip of a scandal Garrow seems like a shadow of the strong character we saw in the first series, with no obvious way out and losing support when he needs it most.

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Garrow’s Law Wins Prestigious RTS Award

Garrow’s Law has been rewarded for so successfully bringing the previously unknown tale of William Garrow to a wide audience. In judging the prize for best history programme the Royal Television Society reported:

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

A second series now seems inevitable, and perhaps Twenty Twenty Television will investigate Garrow’s later achievements and intrigues?

The Arts and Humanities Council has also rightly claimed this as a success after funding the Old Bailey Proceedings Online – which was one of the key research sources for the series: full story.

Happy 250th Birthday William Garrow

As William Garrow was born on 13 April, 1760 we can now mark the 250th anniversary of his birth.

It is incredible to think that he had been almost completely lost from popular history until very recently, and one of our chief aims is that he will still be remembered and studied at his 300th birthday and far beyond. With such an incredible life, combined with the new public awareness I think it is likely that Garrow and – more importantly – his contribution to the development of the English legal system will now be essential teaching for law, history and politics students for many years to come.

Law Society Gazette Competition

The Law Society Gazette offered three subscribers an opportunity to win a Garrow’s Law DVD by completing the sentence “I think history will determine that I have made much more of a difference to the law than William Garrow because ……”

In the issue of 11 February 2010 they give the results as follows:

Robert Miller, solicitor at claimant personal injury firm Fentons in Manchester, finished the sentence thus: `I have made great strides in respect of the rights of claimants, coining the term, “innocent until proven an insurance company”.

Ian Godfrey, senior partner at Shepherd Harris & Co in Enfield, wrote: ` I have coined the term, innocent until proven guilty, but you get a discount for an early plea and the case can be proved in your absence and as this is a fixed-fee case, you had better plead guilty immediately’.

Andrew Stynes of Ipswich and Chelmsford firm Prettys, says: `History is written by the winners, and that will be me’.