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.
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’.