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One's a jaded, broken hearted veteran. The other's a bright eyed, innocent newcomer to the world. They're lawyers. And also angels.

No, really.

The creators of Life On Mars and Ashes to Ashes (2008) bring forth a new supernatural drama, with the city of York as its stage. Zak and Tom, two guardian angels who've been sent by 'Mr Mountjoy' (a.k.a Him upstairs) to take on the cases of those who need their help and guidance... are in need of some divine assistance of their own. Not only is there a fallen angel facing them across the courtroom - and grinning - but he's also employing the embodiment of all Zak's temptation; his lost human lover, Hannah. The trouble is, Zak's changed a lot since he last saw her (think new body entirely) and if he tells her who he is, the world might just end...

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Unfortunately, the show was axed after a single season. Running from January to February, 2012.


This series provides examples of:

  • Artistic License – Geography While the location shots of York add to the series' appeal, local residents and those with good knowledge of the city have been quick to point out the extent of geographical artistic licence at play in Eternal Law. What appears as the court buildings in the series (both inside and outside) is in reality offices belonging to the city council; what appears as the exterior of a hospital is in reality the city's crown court building. A scene in Episode 2 suggested the gardens beside the city's Minster are located right beside the River Ouse - when in reality, this is not the case, and - perhaps least credibly to some viewers - the quietness of York's streets from pedestrians etc. during the day.
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  • Being Good Sucks
  • British Courts
  • Celestial Bureaucracy
  • Cosmic Plaything: Zak certainly feels like one.
  • The Corrupter: Richard
  • Devil in Disguise: Richard
  • Evil Counterpart
  • Fallen Angel: Richard
  • Good Is Not Dumb
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: The promotional materials have a bad case of it; in the programme itself, Zak's wings are noticeably less effulgent than Tom's. Richard's are black.
  • Shout-Out: Tom sings "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" in a nod to Good Omens.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Tom
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