Rumpole of the Bailey: Season 3, Episode 5

Rumpole and the Sporting Life (8 Nov. 1983)

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Rumpole reluctantly agrees to defend Fiona's sister, who's accused of murdering her husband with a shotgun.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Thorpe-Bates ...
Roland Culver ...
Mr. Justice Twyburne
Jennifer Postern
Fiona Allways
Richard Murdoch ...
Julian Curry ...
Jonathan Coy ...
Tim Wylton ...
Dr. Overton
Frank Mills ...
Jeremy Nicholas ...
Jeremy Jowling
Peggy Marshall ...
Mrs. Marian Hempe
Andrew Burt ...
Jonathan Postern
Maurice Fishbourne
Mervyn Harmsway


While on holiday in the country, Rumpole reluctantly agrees to defend Fiona's sister on a charge of murdering her boorish husband. Although she claims the gun was discharged accidentally, the evidence seems against her until Rumpole tears apart the testimony of the inexperienced coroner and tweaks the conscience of the presiding judge, an aging jurist who harbors guilt about an innocent man he sent to the gallows many years before. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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8 November 1983 (UK)  »

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Horace Rumpole: Dr. Overton, have you investigated previous cases of death by gunshot wound?
Dr. Overton: Ah, I think, one.
Horace Rumpole: Only one? I see, and have you been called before to give evidence in a murder trial?
Dr. Overton: No, not actually.
Horace Rumpole: Congratulations on your day-boo!
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