Rumpole of the Bailey: Season 6, Episode 3

Rumpole and the Right to Silence (11 Nov. 1991)

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A radical college professor accused of murder refuses to disclose his alibi while Ballard and Erskine Brown learn domestic lessons about the right to silence.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Mathie ...
Phyllida Erskine-Brown (credit only)
Julian Curry ...
Peter Blythe ...
Rowena Cooper ...
Marguerite Ballard
Abigail McKern ...
James Grout ...
Christopher Benjamin ...
Sir Denis Tolson
Andrew Robertson ...
Hayden Charles
Clive Clympton
Sheila Ruskin ...
Mercy Charles
Trevor T. Smith ...
Martin Wayfield
Pauline Letts ...
Mrs. O'Leary


An outspokenly radical professor stands accused of pushing a college administrator through a balcony guard to his death. Although it's rumored that this popular lecturer was having an affair with the victim's wife, he refuses to provide Rumpole with an alibi and stands on his right of silence. Rumpole;s views on that right are impacting on his colleagues Ballard and Erskine-Brown. The former refuses to disclose the contents of a tartan bag to his new bride causing her to view his after-hours activity with suspicion while the latter tries to cover up his extra-marital activities by incriminating himself with a patently false explanation. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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