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
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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
I've taken to the bar rather late in life, I'm afraid.
Ah, just as well. The young can't stand the pace.