After an army sergeant is found stabbed to death wearing a woman's dress, Rumpole is assigned to defend the accused murderer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Mathie ...
Major Johnnie Pageant
Neil Stacy ...
Lt. Col. Hugo Undershaft
Capt. Sandy Ransom
Moray Watson ...
Denys Hawthorne ...
Lt. Col. Borders
Lt. Col. Mike Watford
Katherine Stark ...
Mrs. Wilson
Leonard O'Malley ...
Trooper Danny Boyne
Joanna Kanska ...
Hanni Boyne
Major Graham Sykes
Lt. Tony Ross
Geoffrey Bateman ...
Captain Betteridge
Christine Garner ...
Greta Schmerz


Rumpole finds himself on a British army base in Germany defending a trooper who is charged with murdering his sergeant who was found dead outside a local bar and dressed as a woman. He's welcomed with open arms by the regiment's senior officers who expect the trooper to be found innocent, thus preserving the honour of the regiment. He finds any number of possible solutions to the crime and an overly eager legal officer. Rumpole also finds himself before his old Chambers-mate George Frobisher, now a judge in the military justice system. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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16 February 1987 (UK)  »

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The credits of this episode, which is set in a British army barracks in Germany, acknowledge "the kind co-operation of The Commanding Officer and All Ranks of First Armoured Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment, and The Army Legal Corps". See more »


Horace Rumpole: My young nephew, Sandy, is in Germany. He's having a bit of trouble with murder - he's got a murder in his regiment.
Horace Rumpole: Murder?
Major Johnnie Pageant: A young trooper - he's got a spot of bother.
Horace Rumpole: Murder in his regiment, you say? Who's this chap supposed to have murdered?
Major Johnnie Pageant: His troop sergeant, apparently.
Horace Rumpole: [jokingly] Murdered his sergeant? Justifiable homicide, surely!
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