Judge John Deed: British TV Lawyers in the 21st Century

LAWYERS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM, ABA Press, 2009

12 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2020

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Steve Greenfield

University of Westminster - School of Law

Peter Robson

University of Strathclyde - School of Law

Guy Osborn

University of Westminster - School of Law

Date Written: January 30, 2009

Abstract

Although the bewigged lawyer is familiar beyond the shores of the United Kingdom in the form of Horace Rumpole and James Kavanagh QC, these are only two of the many televised incarnations that the British lawyer has enjoyed since 1958. As in the U.S. and to a lesser extent Europe, TV lawyer series have long been a staple of British television. The would-be successors to the late Leo McKern and John Thaw have not been slow in coming forward and in the 21st century there have been no less than seven lawyer shows featuring British law and lawyers.

These have included a whole range of styles. As with the previous 30 shows and series between 1958 and 2000, the current crop of fictional lawyers cover the fighter for justice working alone or with some technical assistance as Perry Mason did in the 1950s and 1960s and Matlock did in the 1980s -The Brief.

Keywords: British, judges, law, television

Suggested Citation

Greenfield, Steve and Robson, Peter and Osborn, Guy, Judge John Deed: British TV Lawyers in the 21st Century (January 30, 2009). LAWYERS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM, ABA Press, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1335169

Steve Greenfield

University of Westminster - School of Law ( email )

309 Regent Street
London, W1R 8AL
United Kingdom

Peter Robson

University of Strathclyde - School of Law ( email )

Lord Hope Building
John Anderson Campus 141 St. James' Rd
Glasgow G4 0LT, Scotland G4 0LT
United Kingdom

Guy Osborn (Contact Author)

University of Westminster - School of Law ( email )

4 Little Titchfield Street
London, England W1W 7UW
United Kingdom

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