BBC confirms return of Garrow's Law

Garrow's LawThe BBC has confirmed a third series of historical legal drama Garrow’s Law – starring Andrew Buchan, Alun Armstrong and Lindsey Marshal – will air later this year.

Garrow’s Law, the acclaimed legal drama inspired by the life of pioneering 18th century barrister William Garrow, played by Andrew Buchan, will return to BBC One for a third series later this year.  The RTS award-winning drama sees a return of the barrister to the Old Bailey to champion the rights of prisoners against the powers of the State.

An outstanding cast, led by Andrew Buchan (The Fixer) who plays William Garrow also includes Alun Armstrong (New Tricks) playing attorney John Southouse, Lyndsey Marshal (Rome) playing Lady Sarah Hill, Rupert Graves (Sherlock) playing Sir Arthur Hill and Aidan McArdle (The Duchess) playing Garrow’s courtroom rival Silvester. New addition Harry Melling (Harry Potter) joins the cast as a regular and plays the role of George Pinnock, Southouse’s nephew. Guest stars for series three include Olivia Grant (Lark Rise To Candleford) who plays Lady Henrietta, Sir Arthur Hill’s mistress, Derek Riddell (Five Days) who plays silk maker Matthew Bambridge, Patrick Baladi (Mistresses) who plays General Picton, and Cal Macaninch (Downton Abbey) who plays police constable, Richard Lucas.

Garrow was (wrongly) convicted of “criminal conversation” – a euphemism for having sex with another man’s wife – at the end of the last series. As we join him in series three, he is at last free to live with the love of his life, Lady Sarah Hill, but her private agony is the absence of Samuel, her young son, held emotional hostage by Sir Arthur Hill. The cost to her of Samuel’s absence – and the cost to Garrow of her attempts to get him back – will test their relationship to the limit. Meanwhile Southouse’s nephew turns up in unexpected circumstance in episode two and provides both challenge and consolation to Garrow.

As the French Revolution turns Europe upside down, new philosophies, new passions and new demands sweep through England. Attempted regicide, industrial sabotage, colonial brutality, police intimidation and election rigging are all on trial as the Establishment battle to retain their grip on the status quo. William Garrow and British law are sure to be severely tested.  Garrow’s Law series three is co-created by Tony Marchant, produced by Nick Pitt and directed by Bryn Higgins. Executive producers are Dominic Barlow for Twenty Twenty / Shed Media, and Gaynor Holmes for BBC Scotland Drama.  Garrow’s Law is a Twenty Twenty / Shed Media Scotland production through BBC Scotland. The series will consist of four parts, and was filmed at BBC Scotland’s Dumbarton studios earlier this year. The series will be screened late Autumn 2011.