Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
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Rumpole on Trial 

When Rumpole is charged by Judge Oliphant with contempt of court and faces disbarment, Hilda persuades Sam Ballard to defend him.

Director:

John Gorrie

Writer:

John Mortimer

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leo McKern ... Horace Rumpole
Marion Mathie Marion Mathie ... Hilda Rumpole
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ... Mr. Justice Graves
James Grout ... Mr. Justice Oliphant
Peter Bowles ... Mr. Justice Featherstone
Joanna Van Gyseghem Joanna Van Gyseghem ... Lady Marigold Featherstone
Julian Curry Julian Curry ... Claude Erskine-Brown
Patricia Hodge ... Phyllida Erskine-Brown
Peter Blythe ... Samuel Ballard Q.C.
Rowena Cooper Rowena Cooper ... Marguerite Ballard
Jonathan Coy ... Henry
Camille Coduri ... Dot
Abigail McKern Abigail McKern ... Liz Probert
Christopher Milburn Christopher Milburn ... Dave Inchcape
Denis Lill Denis Lill ... Mr. Bernard
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Storyline

In great pain from an abscessed tooth, a dyspeptic Rumpole is particularly acerbic and sarcastic to Judge Oliphant, a judge who Rumpole considers particularly deserving of his disdain. When Erskine-Brown informs the justice that Rumpole was heard coaching his witness during the lunch break in total defiance of instruction, Oliphant has had enough and brings misconduct charges against the barrister. Although Hilda is able to persuade Sam Ballard to defend him, it is Rumpole's old nemesis, Justice Graves, who will preside at the disbarment hearing. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1992 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Last episode of the series. See more »

Quotes

[Ballard is defending Rumpole at the disciplinary tribunal]
Samuel Ballard Q.C.: You are known in some quarters as "The Quality of Mercy". Now if there were to be a most humble, contrite apology...
Mr. Justice Oliphant: Rumpole would rather be disbarred than apologise to me.
Samuel Ballard Q.C.: But if he would...
Mr. Justice Oliphant: [gleefully] If he would, it would give him more genuine grief and pain than anything else in the world. I'd enjoy seeing that, I really would.
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