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