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

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Peggy Thorpe-Bates ...
Roland Culver ...
Mr. Justice Twyburne
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Jennifer Postern
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Fiona Allways
Richard Murdoch ...
Julian Curry ...
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Henry
Tim Wylton ...
Dr. Overton
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Jeremy Jowling
Peggy Marshall ...
Mrs. Marian Hempe
Andrew Burt ...
Jonathan Postern
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Maurice Fishbourne
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Mervyn Harmsway
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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 (duke1029@aol.com)

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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8 November 1983 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The horses in the in the opening race are named for other ITV productions, notably Rising Damp (1974), which is mentioned several times. When Uncle Tom and the handicapper are going over the next races, one of the horses is "Degree Absolute," the working title of the penultimate episode of The Prisoner (1967), famously featuring Leo McKern as No. 2. See more »

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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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