Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
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The Sweetest Thing 

Kavanagh defends a high-priced prostitute accused of murdering a business tycoon, and wife Lizzie interviews for a job on the continent.


Paul Greengrass


Adrian Hodges (screenplay)


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... James Kavanagh QC
Daisy Bates ... Kate Kavanagh
Jesse Birdsall ... Des Carter
Stephen Boxer ... Bobby Day
Tom Brodie ... Matt Kavanagh
John Carlisle John Carlisle ... Judge Trafford
Anna Chancellor ... Julia Piper
Sam Cox Sam Cox ... Dr. Derek Buxton
Oliver Ford Davies ... Peter Foxcott QC
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ... Diane
Carol Harrison Carol Harrison ... Susan Hutton
Lisa Harrow ... Lizzie Kavanagh
John Hart Dyke John Hart Dyke ... Sir David Marsh
Tony Haygarth ... Patrick Hutton
Colin Higgins Colin Higgins ... Dr. Jeffrey Markham


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Kavanagh defends Annie Lewis, a high class prostitute accused of killing an entrepreneur who had a reputation for being a risk-taker and who regularly enjoyed the company of paid escorts. Annie claims she is innocent and refuses a plea bargain offered by the prosecution. The defense challenges the testimony of witnesses who claim to have seen her leaving the hotel just prior to the murder, though she claims to have left several hours before. On the home front, Kavanagh is concerned about the future of his marriage when he learns Lizzie may get a senior level civil service appointment in Strasbourg and daughter Kate, who is about to leave for university, is having boyfriend problems. In Chambers, Jeremy is at his chauvinistic best when he initially refuses Julia's request to play in the annual cricket match. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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Annie Lewis: It's been a long time since I trusted a bloke, Mr. Kavanagh.
James Kavanagh QC: Thank you, Miss Lewis. I'm flattered.
Annie Lewis: Don't be. I've always been a lousy judge of men.
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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The Sweetest Thing
16 March 2020 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Keep that camera moving, I said keep it moving!

Sorry just giving some direction to Paul Greengrass, famous for the Bourne movies.

This episode is an antidote to those courtroom dramas where to get the accused off, you have to find the actual killer.

Kavanagh is hired to defend Annie Lewis, a high class prostitute accused of killing a wealthy businessman. It seems he was violent towards her but she denies he had anything to do with the killing.

The businessman's wife is shocked that her late husband had anything to do with prostitutes, although he used them regularly.

Lewis's pimp is willing to hang her out to dry just to make money from the tabloid press.

Kavanagh does the best for his client, but the final verdict is left to the jury. A big risk but that's the way it is in real life.

It is hinted who the actual killer might be. There is some light relief as Julia Piper wants to play cricket with the boys.

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Release Date:

24 January 1995 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Old Bailey, London, England, UK

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1.33 : 1
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