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Memento Mori 

Recovering after LIzzie's death, Kavanagh moves to a new home and gets back to work with a novice lawyer on the case of a doctor accused of murdering his wife.


Charles Beeson


Russell Lewis (screenplay), Russell Lewis (teleplay)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... James Kavanagh QC
Daisy Bates ... Kate Kavanagh
Marjorie Bland Marjorie Bland ... Claire Fitzsimmons
Jill Brassington Jill Brassington ... Iris Lucas
Tom Brodie ... Matt Kavanagh
Donald Douglas ... Mr. Justice Halliwell
Valerie Edmond Valerie Edmond ... Emma Taylor
Oliver Ford Davies ... Peter Foxcott QC
Matyelok Gibbs Matyelok Gibbs ... Professor Simunovic
Jon Glover ... Quizmaster
Edward Halsted Edward Halsted ... George Willis
Caroline Harker ... Rowena Featherstonehaugh
Angela Hazeldine Angela Hazeldine ... Teenage Patient
Nicholas Jones ... Jeremy Aldermarten QC
Janet Maw Janet Maw ... Ann Crawley


Following Lizzie's death Kavanagh takes on the case of a doctor, Felix Crawley, charged with killing his depressive,and unfaithful,wife Ann with an overdose of lithium. The doctor claims he has treated Ann in secret because of the shame of her disorder and the death was accidental. Kavanagh takes on prosecution witnesses,including Ann's lover and her young niece,whose advances Felix spurned, and,as the case draws to its verdict, comes to appreciate that he is identifying with his bereaved client. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

17 March 1998 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Thaw made his feature film debut in "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" starring Tom Courtenay in his second film. The two became good friends. The song "A New Jerusalem," used to great effect in that film, is utilized again here in "Memento Mori." See more »


James Kavanagh QC: [to Jeremy about getting back to work after Lizzie's funeral] It's a nice little murder. It's just what the doctor ordered.
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References Diabolique (1955) See more »


My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Composed by Cole Porter (1938)
Sung by Valerie Edmond at Wembley concert.
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Well worth watching for John Thaw and Tom Courtenay
16 April 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Memento Mori was an outstanding Kavanagh QC episode, intelligent, moving and well acted. The opening scenes at Lizzie's funeral were beautifully done, thanks to the beautiful music and production values. The writing is some of the most intelligent writing in the history of Kavanagh QC, making the courtroom scenes truly compelling. In terms of acting, John Thaw is excellent and so is Nicolas Jones as Jeremy Aldermarten. And Daisy Bates gives a moving performance as Kate, particularly in the scene where she confesses she misses her mother. But the best performance comes from Tom Courtenay, one of the best supporting performances of the series, understated mostly but when he loses his temper at Jeremy he is especially good here. Overall, outstanding episode that is worth watching for Thaw and Courtenay. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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