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
Rosalyn Landor ...
Fiona Allways
Richard Murdoch ...
Julian Curry ...
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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[Rumpole is defending Jennifer Postern who has confessed to shooting her husband]
Horace Rumpole: Was your gun loaded when you met your husband?
Jennifer Postern: Of course. I put up a pheasant. I was about to have a shot when I remembered it was after February - closed season for pheasants.
Horace Rumpole: [to himself] But not for husbands.
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