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Rumpole and the Miscarriage of Justice 

Rumpole finds himself in the unusual position of defending a police officer on a charge of falsifying a confession.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Mathie ...
Joanna Van Gyseghem ...
Julian Curry ...
Denis Lill ...
Mr. Bernard
Dot Clapton
Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Parsloe
Peter Carlisle ...
Rosalind March ...
Betty Yeomans
Det. Supt. Gannon
Harvey Ashby ...
Ch. Supt. Belmont
Sean Gascoine ...
Det. Sgt. Chesney Lane
David Beames ...
Det. Insp. Peplow


When a decorated and respected police officer is stabbed to death in a street riot, Detective Supt. Gannon promises his widow that justice will be done. When the self-confessed, mentally-challenged perpetrator confesses, his vow would seem to fulfilled, especially when Judge Guthrie Featherstone voices his certitude about the defendant's guilt in open court. The conviction is overturned on appeal when evidence surfaces that part of the confession seems to have been altered and the judge's conduct is called into question. Featherstone is pressured into presiding at Gannon's trial and has to contend with Rumpole for the defense. With his wife out of town, A depressed Featherstone indiscreetly goes to a club with attractive legal clerk Dot Clapton. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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5 November 1992 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Horace Rumpole: Even judges are human. Not many people know that.
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Excellent installment.
21 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I tend to like all of the Rumpole installments but this one is one of my favorites. The main story arc involves a criminal who kills a police officer and Guthrie Featherstone is the magistrate who hands out the sentence of life imprisonment. The conviction is overturned in what appears to be a case of a police frame-up. There is much press coverage when the suspect is released. As another reviewer stated, this was before every interview was taped so it probably was fairly easy to do such a thing. Rumpole, of course sees something more at work here, mainly a personal grudge in the ranks of the police being played out. I won't ruin it any more than that but when Gannon is absolved of any wrongdoing (and the suspect I imagine goes back to jail)and is outside the court with Rumpole he comments that now there is NO press coverage. Hmmmmm.

The second/minor story arc involves Guthrie and his boasting about having an affair with Dot, which of course, he did not. Let's just say Rumpole comes to his defense again and proves to Marigold that he only loves her. I must say that Guthrie does appear to be a bit of a boob some/most of the time but Marigold never seems to give him the benefit of the doubt. Granted it's just a TV show but that irks me!

Great episode!

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