Crown Court




Crown Court Cast


Series Description

The Crown Court TV show was a 30 minute legal British drama series on ITV that took place almost exclusively in a courtroom. Defendants and witnesses were questioned just like in a real life courtroom and then a jury decided whether the defendant was innocent or guilty.

Crown Court Cast

Peter Wheeler .... Court Reporter
Joseph Berry .... Court Usher (1972-1979)
Richard Colson .... Clerk of Court (1972-1979)
Derek Hockridge .... Clerk of Court
David Ashford .... Charles Lotterby (1972-1978)
William Mervyn .... Justice Campbell (1972-1976)
Bernard Gallagher .... Jonathan Fry QC
John Barron .... Justice Mitchenor (1972-1982)
Richard Wilson .... Jeremy Parsons QC (1973-1978)
Dorothy Vernon .... Helen Tate (1972-1975)
John Alkin .... Barry Deeley (1972-1974)
Charles Keating .... James Elliot QC (1972-1979)
John Flanagan .... John Lloyd (1973-1984)
Jonathan Elsom .... Marcus Golding (1973-1983)
John Horsley .... Justice Mowbray (1973-1983)


Crown Court Trivia

The courtroom where all of the cases took place was located in the fictional town of Fulchester.

Just about every type of criminal trial was held in Crown Court and there were also civil cases including insurance fraud, copyright infringement, and libel.

Nearly every case featured on Crown Court took three episodes on three consecutive days to complete. This was very successful at getting viewers back to ITV for two additional segments. Otherwise, what would be the point of watching the first episode?

The jury members on Crown Court were not actors. They were picked at random from the Manchester electoral rolls. The verdicts were not scripted so even the shows writers and producers weren't sure as to how the jury would rule. Many of the episodes had two endings written so that the final statements would apply to either an innocent or a guilty verdict.

While each case aired over three days, all three segments of an episode were filmed in one day. Unlike real life, the jury was given only 30 minutes to reach a verdict.

The Crown Court ending theme song was titled, "Distant Hills". It was composed by Cliff Twemlow and was the "B" side of the UK #1 single hit, "Eye Level" which was performed by "Simon Park Orchestra".

There was an unaired pilot episode of Crown Court titled, "Doctor's Neglect?". Two other episodes were not originally broadcast titled, "Traffic Warden's Daughter" and "Heart to Heart". All three of those episodes were seen more than 30 years later on the satellite channel "Legal TV".

Many actors who would go on to become famous were featured on Crown Court including some who would become international stars like Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley!


Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Season 1

NOTE: Episode dates below are for part 1 of each 3 part episode. Parts 2 and 3 aired on the following two days.
  1. Lieberman Versus Savage (10/18/1972)
  2. Regina Versus Lord (10/25/1972)
  3. Regina Versus Bryant (11/1/1972)
  4. Regina Versus Webb (11/8/1972)
  5. Regina Versus Vennings & Vennings (11/15/1972)
  6. Regina Versus Clayton & Mitchell (11/22/1972)
  7. Regina Versus Bolton (11/29/1972)
  8. Regina Versus Terson (12/6/1972)
  9. Conspiracy: Regina Versus Luckhurst & Sawyer (12/13/1972)
  10. Who is Benedetto Trovato? Regina Versus Starkie (12/20/1972)
  11. Criminal Libel: Regina Versus Maitland (12/27/1972)
  12. Regina Versus Barnes: Whatever Happened to George Robins? (1/3/1973)
  13. Blackmail: Regina Versus Brewer & Brewer (1/10/1973)
  14. Sunset of Arms: Fitton Versus Pusey (1/17/1973)
  15. Persimmions and Dishwashers: Regina Versus Curl (1/24/1973)
  16. A Public Mischief: Regina Versus Baker & Crawley (1/31/1973)
  17. Portrait of an Artist: Kinsley Versus Messiter (2/7/1973)
  18. A Crime in Prison: Regina Versus Ager & Lanifan (2/14/1973)
  19. Infantcide or Murder (2/21/1973)
  20. Act of Vengeance: Regina Versus Collings (2/28/1973)
  21. Regina Versus Marlow: Freakout (3/7/1973)
  22. The Mugging of Arthur Simmons (3/14/1973)
  23. Love Thy Neighbour (3/21/1973)
  24. The Death of Dracula (3/28/1973)
  25. Wise Child (4/4/1973)
  26. Beware of the Dog (4/11/1973)
  27. Theft by Necessity (4/18/1973)
  28. Credibility Gap (4/25/1973)
  29. The Long Haired Leftie (5/2/1973)
  30. Intent to Kill (5/9/1973)
  31. There was a Little Girl (5/16/1973)
  32. A View of Matrimony (5/23/1973)
  33. Settling a Score (5/30/1973)
  34. To Catch a Thief (6/6/1973)
  35. Patch's Patch (6/13/1973)
  36. Who was Kate Green? (6/20/1973)
  37. A Right to Life (6/27/1973)
  38. The Inner Circle (7/4/1973)
  39. The Black Poplar (7/11/1973)
  40. The Open Invitation (7/18/1973)
  41. Beggar on Horseback (7/25/1973)
  42. The Night for Country Dancing (8/1/1973)
  43. Mrs Moresby's Scrapbook (8/8/1973)
  44. My Old Man's a Dustman (8/15/1973)
  45. The Judgement of Solomon (8/22/1973)
  46. Destruct, Destruct ... (8/29/1973)
  47. Public Lives (9/5/1973)
  48. The Thunderbolts (9/12/1973)
  49. Treason (9/19/1973)
  50. A Stab in the Front (9/26/1973)
  51. Just Good Friends (10/10/1973)
Season 2
  1. To Suffer a Witch (10/17/1973)
  2. Hit and Miss (10/24/1973)
  3. No Spoiling (10/31/1973)
  4. The Age of Leo Trotsky (11/7/1973)
  5. Robin and His Juliet (11/14/1973)
  6. The Most Expensive Steak in the World (11/21/1973)
  7. A Message to Ireland (11/27/1973)
  8. No Smoke Without Fire (12/5/1973)
  9. Conduct Prejudicial (12/12/1973)
  10. Tables of the Heart (12/19/1973)
  11. Murder Most Foul - Part 1 (12/27/1973)
  12. The Dogs (1/2/1974)
  13. Further Changes (1/9/1974)
  14. Hidden Scars (1/16/1974)
  15. With Menaces (1/23/1974)
  16. Do Your Worst (1/30/1974)
  17. Flight of the Lapwing (2/6/1974)
  18. The Traffic Warden's Daughter (2/13/1974)
  19. The Woman Least Likely (2/20/1974)
  20. A Case of Murder (2/27/1974)
  21. The Assault on Choga Sar (3/6/1974)
  22. Duress (3/13/1974)
  23. 30,000 Pieces of Silver (3/20/1974)
  24. Nuts (3/27/1974)
  25. Confine to Solitary (4/3/1974)
  26. Big Annie (4/10/1974)
  27. Falling Stars (4/17/1974)
  28. Son and Heir (4/24/1974)
  29. Death in the Family (5/1/1974)
  30. Minnie (5/8/1974)
  31. Vermin (5/15/1974)
  32. South Towner (5/22/1974)
  33. Triangle (5/29/1974)
  34. Victims of Prejudice (6/5/1974)
  35. Baby Farm (6/12/1974)
  36. For the Good of the Many (6/19/1974)
  37. How to Rob a Memory Bank (6/26/1974)
  38. The Wreck of the Tedmar (7/3/1974)
  39. Two Rings for Margie (7/10/1974)
  40. No Stranger in Court (7/17/1974)
  41. Security Risk (7/24/1974)
  42. The Probationer (7/31/1974)
  43. Midnight with No Pain (8/7/1974)
  44. Not Dead But Gone Before (8/14/1974)
  45. Corruption (8/21/1974)
  46. Pickets (8/28/1974)
  47. The Dogs Next Door (9/4/1974)
  48. Good and Faithful Friends (9/11/1974)
  49. Strange Past (9/18/1974)
  50. On Impulse (9/25/1974)
  51. Double Double (10/2/1974)
  52. The Messenger Boy (10/9/1974)
Season 3
  1. The Hunt (10/16/1974)
  2. The Dashing Young Officer (10/23/1974)
  3. Immoral Earnings (10/30/1974)
  4. Winklers (11/6/1974)
  5. The Alb of St Honoratus (11/13/1974)
  6. Cover Up (11/20/1974)
  7. Beloved Alien (11/27/1974)
  8. Arson (12/4/1974)
  9. Forgive-Me-Not (12/11/1974)
  10. Pot of Basil (12/18/1974)
  11. Ring in the New Year - Part 2 (1/2/1975)
  12. The Quest (1/8/1975)
  13. A Difference in Style (1/15/1975)
  14. Matron (1/22/1975)
  15. The Personator (1/29/1975)
  16. Two in the Mind of One (2/5/1975)
  17. The Murder Monitor (2/12/1975)
  18. Who Cares? (2/19/1975)
  19. Saboteur (2/26/1975)
  20. The Trees (3/5/1975)
  21. Bad Day at Black Cape (3/12/1975)
  22. The Mad Mad Man (3/19/1975)
  23. Contempt of Cour (3/26/1975)
  24. The Also Ran (4/2/1975)
  25. Take Back Your Mink (4/16/1975)
  26. Possessed (4/23/1975)
  27. Light the Blue Touch Paper (4/30/1975)
  28. The Healing Hand (5/7/1975)
  29. The Obsession (5/14/1975)
  30. My Mother Said I Never Should ... (5/21/1975)
  31. Who Killed Cock Robin? (7/19/1975)
  32. Songbird out of Tune (7/26/1975)
  33. Inner City Blues (8/2/1975)
  34. Marathon (8/9/1975)
  35. The Natural Bond (8/16/1975)
  36. Evil Liver (8/23/1975)
  37. An Evil Influence (8/30/1975)
Season 4
  1. Never on Saturdays, Never on Sundays (10/22/1975)
  2. Will the Real Robert Randell Please Stand Up (10/29/1975)
  3. Hunger Strike (11/5/1975)
  4. An Englishman's Home (11/12/1975)
  5. Blood is Thicker (11/19/1975)
  6. The Party's Over (11/26/1975)
  7. The Extremists (12/3/1975)
  8. Mother Love (12/10/1975)
  9. Dicing (12/17/1975)
  10. Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall (12/31/1975)
  11. Crime and Passion (1/7/1976)
  12. ... or was He Pushed (1/14/1976)
  13. No Questions Asked (1/21/1976)
  14. The Right of Every Woman (1/28/1976)
  15. Beyond the Call of Duty (2/4/1976)
  16. To Love, Cherish, and Batter (2/11/1976)
  17. Scared (2/18/1976)
  18. Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil (2/25/1976)
  19. The Ju-Ju Landlord (3/3/1976)
  20. Ends and Means (3/10/1976)
  21. Incorrigble Rogue (3/17/1976)
  22. Drunk, Who Cares (3/30/1976)
  23. The Jolly Swagmen (4/13/1976)
  24. A Bang or a Whimper (5/4/1976)
  25. Pigmented Patter (5/19/1976)
  26. Two in the Mind of One (5/26/1976)
  27. Dead Drunk (6/16/1976)
Season 5
  1. Stranger in the Night (10/6/1976)
  2. Those in Peril (10/13/1976)
  3. A Working Girl (10/20/1976)
  4. A Matter of Honour (10/27/1976)
  5. Inside Story (11/3/1976)
  6. Death for Sale (11/10/1976)
  7. Treewomen of Jagden Crag (11/17/1976)
  8. You Won't Escape When Hendrik Witbooi Comes (11/24/1976)
  9. Operation Happiness (12/1/1976)
  10. Lola (12/8/1976)
  11. Royalties (12/15/1976)
  12. A World of Difference (12/22/1976)
  13. Auld Lang Syne (12/29/1976)
  14. Beauty and the Beast (1/4/1977)
  15. Home Sweet Home (1/25/1977)
  16. Loved Ones (2/1/1977)
  17. We are the Champions (2/8/1977)
  18. A Ladies' Man (2/15/1977)
  19. A Matter of Faith (2/22/1977)
  20. Crime Passionel (3/1/1977)
  21. A Swinging Couple (3/8/1977)
  22. One for the Road (3/15/1977)
  23. Such a Charming Man (3/22/1977)
  24. A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing (3/29/1977)
  25. The Family Business (4/5/1977)
Season 6
  1. A Pocketful of Pills (10/18/1977)
  2. Capers Amongst the Catacombs (10/25/1977)
  3. Kiss and Tell (11/1/1977)
  4. Down Will Come Baby (11/8/1977)
  5. The Silencer (11/15/1977)
  6. Home Sweet Home (11/22/1977)
  7. A Place to Stay (11/29/1977)
  8. Safe as Houses (12/6/1977)
  9. Street Gang (12/13/1977)
  10. An Upward Fall (12/20/1977)
  11. Black and Blue (1/3/1978)
  12. Meeting Place (1/10/1978)
  13. Echoes (1/17/1978)
  14. Whie Lies (1/24/1978)
  15. The Song Not the Singer (1/31/1978)
  16. Michael (2/7/1978)
  17. Association (2/14/1978)
  18. Still Life with Feathers (2/21/1978)
  19. Cat in Hell (2/28/1978)
  20. To Catch a Thief (3/7/1978)
  21. The Change (3/14/1978)
  22. The Jawbone of an Ass (3/21/1978)
  23. Two Thousand Witnesses (3/28/1978)
  24. Code (4/4/1978)
  25. Common Sense (4/11/1978)
  26. Stranger in the Night (4/18/1978)
Season 7
  1. In the Heat of the Moment (9/5/1978)
  2. Does Your Mother Know You're Out? (9/12/1978)
  3. The Crown of Life (9/19/1978)
  4. Past times (9/26/1978)
  5. Queen Bee (10/3/1978)
  6. The Green House Girls (10/10/1978)
  7. Throught the Bottom of a Glass Darkly (10/17/1978)
  8. Still Waters (10/24/1978)
  9. A Man with Everything (10/31/1978)
  10. Scalped (11/7/1978)
  11. Soft Target (11/14/1978)
  12. Somebody (1/2/1979)
  13. Beyond the Limits (1/9/1979)
  14. Sugar and Spice (1/16/1979)
  15. Hospital Roulette (1/23/1979)
  16. A Friend of the Family (1/30/1979)
  17. Baby Love (2/6/1979)
  18. Honour Thy Father and Thy Mother (2/13/1979)
  19. My Brother's Son (2/20/1979)
  20. Cash (2/27/1979)
  21. Boys Will Be Boys (3/6/1979)
  22. The Deep End (3/13/1979)
  23. Rebel at Law (3/20/1979)
  24. A Hunting We Will Go (3/27/1979)
  25. Question of Care (4/3/1979)
  26. Cowboy (4/10/1979)
  27. Forever (5/1/1979)
  28. The Irish Connection (5/8/1979)
  29. Betrayal of Trust (5/22/1979)
Season 8
  1. Proof Spirits (3/9/1981)
  2. Foul Play (3/16/1981)
  3. Freedom to Incite (3/23/1981)
  4. Hen Party (3/30/1981)
  5. Leonora (4/6/1981)
  6. Embers (4/13/1981)
  7. The Merry Widow - Part 2 (4/21/1981)
  8. Cold Turkey - Part 2 (5/5/1981)
  9. Caroline (5/26/1981)
  10. Beyond the Limits (6/8/1981)
Season 9
  1. Talking to the Enemy (3/23/1982)
  2. Resurrection Woman (3/30/1982)
  3. Ignorance in the Field (4/6/1982)
  4. On the Defensive (4/13/1982)
  5. Fair Play (4/20/1982)
  6. Peanuts (4/27/1982)
  7. Face Value (5/4/1982)
  8. Wrecker (5/11/1982)
  9. Window Shopping (5/18/1982)
  10. Soldier, Soldier (5/25/1982)
  11. Too Bad for Tobias (6/1/1982)
  12. A Candidate for the Alliance (6/8/1982)
  13. The Fiddling Connection (6/15/1982)
Season 10
  1. Brainwashed (1/4/1983)
  2. Seconds Away (1/11/1983)
  3. None of Your Business (1/18/1983)
  4. Night Fever (1/25/1983)
  5. A Black and White Case (2/1/1983)
  6. Personal Credit (2/8/1983)
  7. Fighting Fire with Fire (2/15/1983)
  8. A Proper Man (2/22/1983)
  9. Told in Silence (3/1/1983)
  10. Mother's Boy (3/15/1983)
  11. Living in Sin? (3/22/1983)
  12. A Matter of Trust (3/29/1983)
  13. A Sword in the Hand of David (4/5/1983)
Season 11
  1. Gingerbread Girl (1/3/1984)
  2. Oddball (1/10/1984)
  3. The Son of His Father (1/17/1984)
  4. Whisper Who Dares (1/24/1984)
  5. Citizens (1/31/1984)
  6. Dirty Washing (2/7/1984)
  7. Her Father's Daughter (2/14/1984)
  8. There was an Old Woman (2/21/1984)
  9. Burnt Futures (2/28/1984)
  10. Mother Figures (3/6/1984)
  11. Big Deal (3/13/1984)
  12. Love and War (3/20/1984)
  13. Paki Basher (3/27/1984)




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