The suspicious drowning of an anonymous old woman on an estate prompts the Lord to invite his cousins, the Rumpoles, for the weekend, and he asks Horace to represent him at the inquest.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Mathie ...
Abigail McKern ...
Denis Lill ...
Mr. Bernard
Lord Richard Sackbut
Lady Rosemary Sackbut
Jackson Kyle ...
Hon. Jonathon Sackbut
Dr. Hugo Swabey
Dr. Malkin
Stuart Golland ...
Mr. Tonks
Mrs Petronelli
Lord Plunger Plumpton
Roger Brierley ...
Mr. Cursitor
Gavin Bastion
Christina Greatrex ...
Pippa Bastion


When an anonymous elderly woman is found drowned in the lake of a large estate, she is initially thought to be a homeless bag lady. Later, the coroner discovers an unexplained head wound, no water in her lungs, and an enigmatic photo linking her to Lord Richard Sackbut, the lord of the ancestral manor. This prompts Lady Sackbut, a cousin of Hilda's, to invite the plebeian Rumpoles for the first time to the manor, where Horace is recruited to represent the family at what will prove to be a very contentious inquest. Sidebars include Rumpole's defense of an alleged triple murderer and Liz's discovery of unpleasant news about Inchcape. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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26 November 1992 (UK)  »

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Lord Richard Sackbut: It's entirely a family matter.
Horace Rumpole: I'm used to hearing about family matters. Murders are family matters - 9 times out of 10.
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