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Kavanagh QC

Kavanagh QC
Created by Central Television
Starring John Thaw
Daisy Bates
Cliff Parisi
Oliver Ford Davies
Nicholas Jones
Lisa Harrow
Tom Brodie
Theme music composer Anne Dudley
John E. Keane
Country of origin UK
Original language(s) English
No. of series 6
No. of episodes 27 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Ted Childs
Producer(s) Chris Kelly
Production company(s) Central Television
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3 (1995-1998)
16:9 (1999-2001)
Original release 3 January 1995 – 25 April 2001

Kavanagh QC is a British television series made by Central Television[1] for ITV between 1995 and 2001. Series 1–6 are available on Region 2 DVDs. As of November 13, 2013, the entire series is also available on Region 1 DVDs.

The series starred John Thaw as barrister James Kavanagh QC who comes from a working-class upbringing in Bolton, Greater Manchester. This is only discovered in later episodes as his parents' health deteriorates and through an exchange with a colleague who presumed that Kavanagh was actually a Yorkshireman. The series dealt with his battles in the courtroom as well as his domestic dramas which include the death of his devoted and affectionate wife. Later he begins dating a fellow barrister.

In court Kavanagh is usually seen to be defending a client who seems likely to be convicted until a twist in the case occurs, but occasionally Kavanagh is seen in a prosecuting role. The main plot often features Kavanagh confronting cases with a subtext of racism, sexism or other prejudice. In sub-plots comedy came from the pomposity and self-absorption of Jeremy, a posh barrister in chambers. Kavanagh will not stand for injustice and is never bullied by threats or bribes from those whom he is up against in the courtroom.

In regular roles it included Daisy Bates, Cliff Parisi, Oliver Ford Davies, Nicholas Jones, Lisa Harrow and Tom Brodie.


  • Episodes 1
  • Cast 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The series comprised 25 x 90 minute episodes and 2 x 2 hour episodes. See list of Kavanagh QC episodes.


Character Actor
James Kavanagh QC John Thaw
Lizzie Kavanagh Lisa Harrow
Julia Piper Anna Chancellor
Peter Foxcott QC Oliver Ford Davies
Jeremy Aldermarten QC Nicholas Jones
Tom Buckley Cliff Parisi
Kate Kavanagh Daisy Bates
Matt Kavanagh Tom Brodie
Alex Wilson Jenny Jules
Helen Ames Arkie Whiteley
Emma Taylor Valerie Edmond
Eleanor Harker QC Geraldine James


  1. ^
  • Evans, Jeff (2001). The Penguin TV Companion. Harmondsworth, England: Penguin Books.  
  • ITV Global Entertainment Ltd. "Kavanagh Q.C. (1995-2001)". BFI Screenonline. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 

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