A seemingly respectable old school couple arrested for running a brothel for upper-class clients are reluctant to help in their own defense.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Thorpe-Bates ...
Michael Denison ...
Napier Lee
Mrs. Lorraine Lee
Bill Fraser ...
Jack Watling ...
Mr. X
Tenniel Evans ...
Stephen Lucas
Julian Curry ...
Fiona Allways
Richard Murdoch ...
Denis Lill ...
Mr. Bernard
Dodo Mackintosh (credit only)
Kay Stonham ...
Isobel Vincent


Rumpole agrees to defend an outwardly respectable old school couple arrested for running an upper-class brothel. When the are charged with blackmailing a client, Rumpole is frustrated in his efforts to make the accuser's name public by privacy laws and the couple's personal code of honor. Their reluctance to reveal the name of their business partner and client threatens to send them to prison for five years. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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25 October 1983 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In "The Old Boy Net," when he is cross-examining 'Mr X', Rumpole points out that during the alleged blackmail Mr X paid the Lees by cheque, although his previous transactions with the Lees had always been in cash. Rumpole attempts to use this fact to establish that the blackmail accusation was false, claiming that that Mr X deliberately paid by cheque to substantiate his blackmail allegation. However, even if Mr X did pay by cheque to provide evidence of the transaction, this does not prove that the blackmail accusation was false, all it proves is that Mr X wanted evidence of this transaction. Most people, if they were being blackmailed, would probably pay by cheque if possible so they would have a better chance of bringing their blackmailers to justice later on. See more »


Horace Rumpole: You can bet your dear old hair shirt there's going to be an argument!
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