Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
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A Stranger in the Family 

TV-14 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 1996
An industrial accident at a Recycling plant leaves a young man mentally and physically impaired. Kavanagh goes to court to secure a fair settlement from the insurance company for the family.


Andrew Grieve


Paul Hines


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... James Kavanagh QC
Janet Amsbury Janet Amsbury ... Diana Walsh
Robert Ashby Robert Ashby ... Shop Assistant
Tim Barron Tim Barron ... Usher
Tim Bentinck ... Gosling (as Timothy Bentinck)
Tom Brodie ... Matt Kavanagh
Anna Chancellor ... Julia Piper
Eileen Davies ... Anne Pearson
Norma Dixit ... Dr. Gupta
Oliver Ford Davies ... Peter Foxcott QC
Lisa Harrow ... Lizzie Kavanagh
Nicholas Jones ... Jeremy Aldermarten QC
Alfred Lynch ... Pearson
Stephen Marcus ... Baxter
Colin McCormack Colin McCormack ... Sam Lomax


Young David Lomax is crushed by equipment at the recycling plant where he was working and ends up in a wheel-chair with physical and mental damage. Whilst the employers have always claimed it was David's own fault for not observing procedure, his devoted and dogged mother pushes for compensation and ultimately Kavanagh is able to impress upon an honest employee, whose recent bereavement made him a prey to suggestion, to tell the truth in David's favour. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

1996 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Gina Lomax: [to Kavanagh] Suppose we get nothing? Are you going to come around and wipe his backside?
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16 April 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

If slow to start with, and some of the secondary characters are underwritten it is a brave episode, dealing with injury at work and what have you. That said though, visually I can't fault the episode, the drama is constantly very well made and this episode is no exception, the writing is decent if not entirely exceptional and the music as always is superb.

The acting help to move the somewhat harrowing story along, with John Thaw, Oliver Ford Davies and Nicolas Jones all doing great work, while Kevin McKidd is very convincing as David Lomax and Frances Tomelty gives a moving performance as his mother. Overall, not the best, but worth watching. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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