Law and disorder – and a hot bath to chill to the bone
Kate going to the cottage for the second time was one of them. I don’t know about you, but if I’d been at a remote cottage and some strange man had been peering through the window when I had a bath, I’m not so sure I’d be keen to go up there again. On my own. In the dark.
It was clear nothing good would come of that weekend away.
So, at times it’s a teeny bit predictable and I’m sure any legal expert would take issue with some of the courtroom stuff. Is it really that easy to get murderers off on small technical points, for example? But these flaws are relatively minor in an overall stylish, fast-paced drama. And I confess I was on the edge of my seat.
Period legal drama Garrow’s Law (Mondays, 9.30pm, Vibe) presents a very different legal world. Set in the late 1800s, it tells the true story of idealistic young barrister William Garrow (Andrew Buchan) who pioneered the idea of defending people in court.
And boy, did people need defending. Courts were full of braying mobs and trials were often foregone conclusions. ‘‘That will be two hangings before lunch,’’ said one cynical barrister in last night’s episode as he perused the upcoming trials of the day.
The cases are apparently drawn from Old Bailey files of the time. The first episode saw highway robberies and infanticide, as well as a case of a woman who’d fallen asleep in someone else’s house and tried to steal some linen. For which she was sentenced to branding.
This was clearly not a world where community service would cut it.
This is as much about the grimy, seething injustice of 19th century society as it is about Garrow. And you probably won’t be on the edge of your seat, but there’s something rather absorbing about it.
Garrow’s Law: Not a world where community service would cut it.