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Starring  (see cast list)
Country of origin  Australia
No. of episodes  184
Final episode date  1 December 1984
Number of seasons  1
8.4/10 IMDb

Created by  Terry Stapleton
Opening theme  Independence
Original language(s)  English
First episode date  24 January 1983
Genre  Legal drama
Number of episodes  184
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Cast  Lorraine Bayly, Kevin Miles, Christine Amor, Noel Trevarthen, Louise Pajo
Similar  Cop Shop, Matlock Police, The Sullivans, Division 4, Homicide

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Carson's Law is an Australian television series made by Crawford Productions for the Ten Network between 1982-1984. The series was a period piece set in the 1920s and starred Lorraine Bayly as progressive solicitor Jennifer Carson. The episodes revolved around the cases taken on by Jennifer, and the various personal intrigues of her family.


Brief Synopsis

The series' premiere was billed as a 90-minute "movie-length" episode on 24 January 1983, with another two-hour episode in the same timeslot the following night, before settling into its twice-weekly 60-minute format the following week. Carson's Law was noted for its quality scripts and period production values. Despite being popular in Melbourne, where the series was based and filmed, it did not succeed in Sydney. Attempts to revamp the series to make it appeal more to Sydney audiences eventually alienated the programme's core audience, and it was cancelled in 1984 after 184 episodes. The final episode aired on ATV-10 on 1 December 1984; after being shuffled around the TEN-10 schedule, then reduced to one episode per week, then pushed back from 8:30pm to 9:30pm and, finally, to the even later 10:40pm slot, the final episode eventually aired in Sydney on 18 April 1985. Carson's Law was bought by several members of the UK ITV network. Yorkshire Television showed a considerable amount of episodes on Thursdays at 1.30pm between 1984 and 1988 while Television South West screened a slightly lower amount in their 6.35pm slot on Tuesdays during 1984.

Carson's Law was also shown in Portuguese television, and is being currently re-played at RTP memoria (trans. "RTP Memory").

Carson's Law was shown in Catalan television (TV3) as well. The Catalan name for the series is Carson i Carson advocats.

Carson's Law was also shown in the Netherlands for its entirety by the NCRV broadcasting company. The company adapted the title to simply 'The Carsons'. It ran in the afternoon, and was quite popular.

DVD Releases

The first 13 episodes of the series was released onto Region 2 DVD in the Netherlands in September 2009. The disc set has removable Dutch subtitles with all audio in English. In Australia seven volumes covering the entire series of 184 episodes are available to purchase from the Crawford Australia website (Region 4). From November 2015 all seven volumes can be purchased in the UK through Crawford's distributor, Eaton Films Ltd.


The series was filmed at the Global Television Studios in Nunawading, Melbourne in the set next to where Prisoner was filmed with only a partition separating the two programmes.


  • Kevin Miles as Godfrey Carson
  • Lorraine Bayly as Jennifer Carson
  • Jon Sidney as William Carson
  • Greg Caves as Billy Carson
  • Melanie Oppenheimer as Sarah Carson
  • Edward Upjohn as Sam Carson
  • Christine Amor as Felicity Carson
  • Ross Thompson as Robert Carson
  • Louise Pajo as Margery Carson
  • Chris Orchard as Thomas Carson
  • Christine Harris as Amy Carson (later Garrick)
  • Anna Maria Monticelli as Eva Tarrant
  • Irene Inescort as Eileen Brennan
  • Gordon Glenwright as Sgt. Vic Brown
  • Noel Trevarthen as Gerard Kent
  • Christian Horsley as Carson's love
  • Episode list

    Note: the first episode "The Clan" has been designated as episodes 1&2, as per the numbering on the Crawford Productions DVD release.

    1. The Clan, Part 1

    2. The Clan, Part 2

    3. The Witness

    4. Requiem

    5. Case Deferred

    6. The Royston Trial

    7. An English Gentleman

    8. Foxtrot

    9. The Medicine Man

    10. Which Doctor

    11. Swan Song, Part 1

    12. Swan Song, Part 2

    13. Happy Families

    14. To The Future

    15. Lost Soul

    16. Pre-Selection

    17. On The Fence

    18. A Family Concern

    19. Mistress

    20. Reputations

    21. Cause

    22. Trial And Error

    23. Dead Men's Tales

    24. Dead End

    25. Candidate

    26. Strange Bedfellows

    27. Donnegan's Wake

    28. Confession

    29. Aftermath

    30. Waywards From The Bush

    31. All God's Children

    32. Blessed Are They

    33. A Useful Life

    34. Greater Good

    35. Chopsticks

    36. In A Market Garden

    37. Prodigal

    38. Razorman

    39. Christmas Cheer

    40. Wedding

    41. Honeymoon

    42. Private Life

    43. Birthright

    44. Heritage

    45. Policeman's Lot

    46. True Colours

    47. Pound Of Flesh

    48. Sue Smith: In Service

    49. Soiree

    50. Best Laid Plans

    51. The Sins Of The Sons

    52. The Perfect Gentleman

    53. Future Horizons

    54. Happy Events

    55. Scent Of Battle

    56. The Fortune Teller

    57. Fortune's Child

    58. Fire And Misfire

    59. St. Patrick's Day

    60. The Masquerade

    61. All That Glitters

    62. Laugh, Clown, Laugh

    63. Guardian Angels

    64. Lost Opportunities

    65. A Country Dance

    66. Faith, Hope And Fencing Wire

    67. A Matter Of Confidence

    68. The Tender Trap

    69. A Case For Compassion

    70. From Small Acorns

    71. Street Games, Night Moves

    72. Deceptions

    73. Orphans Of The Storm

    74. Falling Star

    75. Means To An End

    76. Teapots And Tears

    77. Seeing Stars

    78. Mirrors And Dreams

    79. The Americans Are Coming

    80. Picking Up The Pieces

    81. The Bolshevik

    82. The Comeback

    83. A Scent Of Lavender

    84. Changes

    85. Preferential Treatment

    86. Growing Pains

    87. A Weak Resolve

    88. The Catch

    89. Butcher's Picnic

    90. Child Of The Storm

    91. A Cat Among The Carsons

    92. A Change Of Heart

    93. Lunatic

    94. The Sisters

    95. A Chinese Puzzle

    96. Humanitarian Grounds

    97. A Case To Answer

    98. Scarlet Fever

    99. The Duel

    100. Vale

    101. Prelude

    102. Power Games

    103. Verdict: Not Innocent

    104. The Portrait

    105. A Small Misunderstanding

    106. The Outsider

    107. Lady Luck

    108. Win Some, Lose Some

    109. The Innocent

    110. A Crime Of Passion

    111. Virtue Undefiled

    112. The Lost Weekend

    113. The Tender Past

    114. A Question Of Circumstance

    115. White Knights

    116. New Friends

    117. Infatuation

    118. Snakes In The Grass

    119. A Man's Pride

    120. Gentlemen's Agreement

    121. Self Defence

    122. Flash Point

    123. Blood And Fire

    124. Wedding Vows

    125. An Anxious Advocate

    126. The Devil's Work

    127. The Last Goodbye

    128. A Fond Concept

    129. Luck Of The Draw

    130. A Lucky Investment

    131. Strike Me Lucky

    132. The Performance

    133. A Hold On Life

    134. The Old People's Friend

    135. The Last Enemy

    136. A Small Favour

    137. Throw A Seven, Part 1

    138. Throw A Seven, Part 2

    139. The Comeback

    140. Wild Oats

    141. Misalliance

    142. The Arrangement

    143. Hideous Night

    144. Gambits

    145. Smile For The Camera

    146. Malpractice

    147. Fear Is The Key

    148. Fire And Ice

    149. Fallen Into Darkness

    150. Seeds Of Doubt

    151. The Ivory Tower

    152. To The Future

    153. Heroic Deeds

    154. Another Mrs. Carson

    155. Desperate Measures

    156. The Long Farewell

    157. A Bob Each Way

    158. The Lesson

    159. One Step Ahead

    160. The Wages Of Sin

    161. The Mis-Shapen Effigy

    162. Trial By Editorial

    163. Ploys

    164. Baying For Blood

    165. The Dominant Gender

    166. The Man's Rights

    167. La Cenicienta

    168. All Is Fair

    169. Hell Hath No Fury

    170. Beyond All Reason

    171. The Break

    172. End Of The Road

    173. Wild Violets

    174. Divide And Conquer

    175. Blood On The Straw

    176. Buying Time

    177. A Question Of Liberty

    178. The Scapegoat

    179. Hide And Seek

    180. My Father, My Son

    181. Requiescat

    182. The Heir Apparent

    183. The Dark Tunnel

    184. Daylight



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