Rumpole defends a Pakistani doctor accused of molesting a female patient, and Phyllida suspects Erskine-Brown of philandering.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Mathie ...
Julian Curry ...
Richard Murdoch ...
Dr. Ghulam Rahmat
Dr. Cogger
Sir Hector MacAuliffe
Marietta Liptrott (as Stephanie Schonfeld)
Richard Hampton ...
Mr. Pinhorn
Pauline Yates ...
Mrs Whittaker
Jenny Oulton ...
Gawn Grainger ...
Mr. Govett


A Pakistani doctor is accused of improperly touching a nanny who has come to him complaining of a sore throat. Although monitoring glandular swelling is appropriate when examining for mononucleosis, another doctor in his group testifies against him in the resultant malpractice hearing. Rumpole is aided in his defense from an unlikely source, a magazine for singles replete with personal ads that Phyllida has found in Erskine Brown's office. She becomes convinced that a an ad in the periodical is conclusive evidence that he is philandering. Rumpole is distracted by the amorous advances of a middle-aged ex-client. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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25 November 1991 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard Murdoch's last appearance in the series, as "Uncle Tom". He died in October 1990, more than a year before this episode was eventually broadcast as part of series six. See more »


The opening paragraph of "The Beacon"'s feature 'Nanny tells of surgery ordeal' is actually Rumpole's summary précis of the article - in other words Leo McKern dialogue has been printed up for him to read from. See more »


Mrs. Whittaker: I've taken to the bar rather late in life, I'm afraid.
Horace Rumpole: Ah, just as well. The young can't stand the pace.
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Another Case Solved for the Maverick Lawyer
8 February 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This episode has Rumpole (Leo McKern) successfully defending an Indian doctor (Saeed Jaffray) accused of molesting one of his patients. During the case, Rumpole enjoys making a monkey out of the judge (Graham Crowden), and outwitting his younger lawyer Phyllida Erskine-Brown (Patricia Hodge). Once again we admire Mortimer's dry humor as he shows the absurdities of the legal profession, although there is perhaps rather too much of the 'comic Indian' person about Jaffray's character. On several occasions he comes across as a quasi-colonial figure of the outwardly polite, submissive person who apparently accepts everything that his (white) lawyers say, but eventually succeeds in outwitting them. The experience of watching the episode today prompts us to think

  • or at least hope - that such representations have been successfully
consigned to the scriptwriters' mausoleum.

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