Sutherland's Law

Sutherland's Law is a television series made by BBC Scotland between 1973 and 1976.[1]

Sutherland's Law
Created byLindsay Galloway
StarringIain Cuthbertson
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series5
No. of episodes46
Running time50 minutes
Original networkBBC1
Original release16 June 1973 (1973-06-16) 
31 August 1976 (1976-08-31)

The series had originated as a stand-alone edition of the portmanteau programme Drama Playhouse in 1972 in which Derek Francis played Sutherland and was then commissioned as an ongoing series. The producer was Frank Cox.[2]

Sutherland's Law dealt with the duties of the Procurator Fiscal in a small Scottish town. The major cast members included Iain Cuthbertson (as John Sutherland), Gareth Thomas, Moultrie Kelsall, Victor Carin, Martin Cochrane, Don McKillop, Maev Alexander and Edith MacArthur.

The exteriors for the series were filmed in Oban, Argyll.

The signature tune was The Land of the Mountain and the Flood, by Hamish MacCunn.[3] Series creator Lindsay Galloway released a novel based on the series in 1974.

The DVD of Sutherland's Law Series 1 was released on Region 2 by Acorn Media UK in the UK on 1 June 2009.


  1. Contemporary Scottish Fictions: Film, Television and the Novel, Edinburgh University Press (2004), Duncan J. Petrie, p.159
  2. Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors, , Jerry Roberts, Scarecrow Press 2009, p.105
  3. Questions of Music By Norman Edwards, Lulu (2006), p.109
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