Captain Rex Parkin of the Pay Corps (retired) is charged with an offence under the Race Relations Act, and finds to his horror that Rumpole has taken under his wing a pupil barrister from the Punjab.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Thorpe-Bates ...
Hilda Rumpole (as Peggy Thorpe Bates)
Julian Curry ...
Richard Murdoch ...
Maureen Darbyshire ...
Robert Lang ...
Captain Rex Parkin
Judge Jamieson
Lyndam Gregory ...
Latif Khan
Barbara Laurenson ...
Mavis Parkin
Roger Sloman ...
Cliff Worsley
Sydney Cox
Sergeant Downs


Rumpole finds himself defending Capt. Rex Parkin, a fascist whose racist views don't sit well with the counsel for the defense but for whom Rumpole will defend the right to free speech. Parkin however seems to think that martyrdom, in the form of a guilty plea and a maximum sentence, is what is required bur Rumpole thinks otherwise. In the circumstances, Rumpole is more than pleased to take on a new pupil, Latif Khan. Mr. Khan's presence in Chambers creates some tension among the barristers, but works to his advantage when his application for a vacancy is considered. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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19 June 1979 (UK)  »

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Captain Rex Parkin: I served my country as best I could given my medical condition.
Horace Rumpole: [looking at his records] Ah, yes, flat feet! Hmmm, don't worry. I was on the RAF ground staff. We both avoided the temptation of heroism.
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