Rumpole defends an eccentric artist in a forgery case before the newly appointed Judge Featherstone.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Thorpe-Bates ...
Hilda Rumpole (as Peggy Thorpe Bates)
Emlyn Williams ...
Harold Brittling
Joanna Van Gyseghem ...
Julian Curry ...
Henry (credit only)
Sylvia Coleridge ...
Madeleine Christie ...
Miss Price
Mrs De Moyne
Edward Gandolphini
Frances White ...
Richard Syms ...
Alan Penn ...


After an apparently lost painting of a nude by a noted painter sells for 38,000 pounds at auction, the consignor, an aging, eccentric artist, is accused of forging the canvas and retains Rumpole to defend him. Rumpole's problems are exacerbated by having his pompous friend, newly appointed Guthrie Featherstone, as the judge on the case. Although his client seems unconcerned that he may be convicted, Rumpole correctly assumes that locating the model for the portrait may hold the key to saving his client. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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11 October 1983 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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[Harold Brittling, an artist, is looking at a painting on the Rumpoles' living room wall]
Harold Brittling: What's this objet d'art?
Hilda Rumpole: [proudly] Oh that's a watercolour of Lamorna Cove, done by my old school friend Dodo MacIntosh. She lives in the West Country and she has sent in to the Royal Academy on more than one occasion. Do you like it, Mr...
Harold Brittling: Harold. The point is, Hilda, do *you* like it?
Hilda Rumpole: Oh I think it's rather fine. Beautiful, in fact. The way that Dodo has caught the shadow on those rocks.
Harold Brittling: If you think it's ...
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