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Rumpole and the Children of the Devil 

A well-meaning social worker takes custody of an eight year-old Timson girl charging that the family is involved with devil worship.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Mathie ...
Abigail McKern ...
Julian Curry ...
Denis Lill ...
Mr. Bernard
Dot Clapton
Joanna Van Gyseghem ...
Rowena Cooper ...
Marguerite Ballard
Christopher Milburn ...
Dave Inchcape
Mirabelle Jones
Chrissie Cotterill ...
Roz Timson (as Chrissie Coterill)
Paul Bigley ...
Cary Timson
Ron Pember ...


A well-meaning but overly officious social worker believes that Cary Timson is involved in devil worship and has his eight year-old daughter removed from her home. Rumpole defends the parents at the subsequent hearing. The zealously religious Ballard is offended that Rumpole would defend alleged devil worshipers and maneuvers to remove him from his office. As a sidebar, Hilda follows Rumpole when she suspects him of infidelity. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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29 October 1992 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film on television that Dominic Molloy is watching is the classic Hammer horror film "The Devil Rides Out" starring Christopher Lee. See more »


Samuel 'Soapy Sam' Ballard Q.C.: Rumpole, there is something in this room that makes me feel uneasy.
Horace Rumpole: Yes I know - but perhaps you'll be going in a minute.
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Features The Devil Rides Out (1968) See more »

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Not as far-fetched as you might think
11 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Some commenters have called this story unbelievable. It may be a bit clunky, but such things have happened, in Britain and the US. At the time (late 80s?) there was a panic over something called "Satanic abuse". Many social workers came to believe that there was a secret society of Satanists abusing children, and they produced "evidence" of this delusion by, as Rumpole points out, asking children leading questions. They also got children to play with dolls and drew conclusions from their play. Hard to dramatise. Joanna David is excellent as the over-caring social worker. The little girl is excellent. Ballard and Erskine Brown are increasingly caricatured. Mixed in with all this is a subplot about the Scales of Justice ball which the Rumpoles play beautifully. In-joke - Leo McKern was apparently a nifty dancer in real life.

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