Eternal Law

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Eternal Law
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Genre Fantasy drama
Created by Ashley Pharoah
Matthew Graham
Starring Samuel West
Orla Brady
Ukweli Roach
Composer(s) Ben Bartlett
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham (Monastic)
Jane Featherstone and Alison Jackson (Kudos)
Producer(s) Georgina Lowe
Location(s) York, England
Cinematography Tony Slater-Ling
Running time 45-50 mins
Production company(s) Kudos film and television
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Original release 5 January 2012 (2012-01-05) – 9 February 2012 (2012-02-09)

Eternal Law is a 2012 ITV fantasy drama series created by Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham. The show stars Samuel West, Ukweli Roach, Orla Brady, Tobias Menzies and Hattie Morahan. Set in York, it is centred on two angels sent to Earth to assist in court cases. The first episode premiered on 5 January 2012. The show was axed after one series due to low ratings.[1]


Mr. Mountjoy, in Heaven, sends two wing-bearing angels to Earth to help humans with their problems. Humans cannot see the angels' wings except in exceptional circumstances, like being close to death. Zak Gist is an experienced angel, 14 billion years old (episode six), who has been to Earth before. Tom Greening is an angel still learning the ways of humans. It is decided that the pair can best help humans as barristers in York, England. In York they are met by Mrs. Sheringham, an angel who became mortal to marry Billy, a human, but, was widowed; she arranges offices and accommodation. She kept her old pair of wings in a trunk before throwing them into a river. In court they cross paths with a fallen angel, Richard Pembroke, who is also a barrister, usually prosecuting. In episode six, Richard's wings are seen - they are black. Zak also meets Hannah English, a woman with whom he is in love from one of his past visits to Earth, but who does not recognize him.

The prime rule for the angels is non-interference in the free will of humanity. The angels are allowed to guide and comfort, but have powers to influence the human mind, which they must resist the temptation to use.

Production notes[edit]

The series is filmed in York and the Cathedral you see the Angels standing on is York Minster. The location used to portray York Hospital in the series is in fact the city's Crown Court building, while a former private hospital (Purey Cust Nuffield Hospital) provides a location for Jerusalem Chambers. Mansion House, York serves as the location of the Crown Court in the series. Scenes are also filmed at Gray's Court and St William's College, both close to York Minster.

Cast and characters[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Series 1 (2012)[edit]

Episode # Title Directed by Written by Original airdate Viewing Figures (millions)
Source: BARB; includes ITV1 HD & ITV1 +1
1 "Episode One" Adrian Shergold Ashley Pharoah 5 January 2012 5.43 [nb 1]
Angels Zak and Tom are plunged into a court case involving an estranged family and a newlywed after a sniper shoots at the wedding party at a market critically injuring Zak's old flame Hannah. The shooter is captured by Tom and admits to committing the crime. Tom and Zak defend the man despite the confession. The prosecutor is Zak's arch-enemy, fallen angel, Richard.
2 "Episode Two" Adrian Shergold Ashley Pharoah 12 January 2012 3.86 [2]
A six-year-old boy, who recognises Zak and Tom as angels, asks Zak to intervene for his father in a custody battle between his adoptive parents in the hope he can reconcile them. Zak and Tom find themselves facing Hannah and Richard representing the mother when the case goes to court. A mysterious package from Mr Mountjoy arrives at the Belfry containing a grim relic of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
3 "Episode Three" Jamie Payne Matthew Graham 19 January 2012 3.78 [3]
Pensioner Mack Steen admits to poisoning heartless care home owner Keith Cedric because he is closing the care home. Mr Mountjoy points Zak and Tom to defend Mack but the past histories of all involved makes it very difficult when fallen angel Richard wants the charged increased from Actual Bodily Harm to attempted murder.
4 "Episode Four" Jamie Payne Matthew Graham 26 January 2012 3.58 [4]
Mr Mountjoy has Zak and Tom prosecute a woman for the manslaughter of a prowler, who had been stalking her and whom she believed had killed her son. Tom has severe doubts about the woman's guilt and, goaded by fallen angel Richard, has his own doubts about his reason on earth. Tom, wanting to comfort the woman who is grieving over her son, reveals himself as an angel, thus proving the existence of Heaven; this ends up causing her to commit suicide to be with him.
5 "Episode Five" Adrian Shergold Ashley Pharoah 2 February 2012 2.93 (Overnight)[5]
Tom saves a female soldier's life who then is accused of desertion and faces a court martial. Zak asks Hannah to assist in defending the soldier, much to Tom's chagrin. Mrs Sherringham's memories of her own love of Billy and its consequences tells Zak to arrange a date for Hannah with another man, while Richard is working his evil in the background when Billy's brother Carl turns up.
6 "Episode Six" Adrian Shergold Matthew Graham 9 February 2012 3.20
Fallen angel Richard manipulates the situation of two brothers when one of them apparently kills a third brother. He is also manipulating the relationships of Mrs Sherringham and Billy's brother Carl, and Zak and Hannah's rekindling of their love culminates in the doomsday clock counting down from 666666.


A region 2 DVD of the first series was released on 12 February 2012.[6]


  1. ^ 4.54 million on ITV1,[7] 427,000 on the ITV1 HD simulcast,[8] and 458,000 on ITV1+1.[9]


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