Rumpole of the Bailey: Season 7, Episode 6

Rumpole on Trial (3 Dec. 1992)

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When Rumpole is charged by Judge Oliphant with contempt of court and faces disbarment, Hilda persuades Sam Ballard to defend him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Mathie ...
Robin Bailey ...
James Grout ...
Joanna Van Gyseghem ...
Julian Curry ...
Peter Blythe ...
Rowena Cooper ...
Marguerite Ballard
Abigail McKern ...
Christopher Milburn ...
Dave Inchcape
Denis Lill ...
Mr. Bernard


In great pain from an abscessed tooth, a dyspeptic Rumpole is particularly acerbic and sarcastic to Judge Oliphant, a judge who Rumpole considers particularly deserving of his disdain. When Erskine-Brown informs the justice that Rumpole was heard coaching his witness during the lunch break in total defiance of instruction, Oliphant has had enough and brings misconduct charges against the barrister. Although Hilda is able to persuade Sam Ballard to defend him, it is Rumpole's old nemesis, Justice Graves, who will preside at the disbarment hearing. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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John Mortimer, the creator of the Rumpole series, has a cameo role. He is sitting next to the Bishop at the Tribunal luncheon and passes the port. See more »


Samuel Ballard Q.C.: Ah, judge. This is a great day for Equity Court. We're celebrating Mrs. Claude Erskine-Brown elevated to the bench...
Mr. Justice Graves: Yes...
Samuel Ballard Q.C.: ...and her husband in silk.
Mr. Justice Graves: [Taken by surprise] Claude Erskine-Brown?
[With total disdain]
Mr. Justice Graves: They must be giving away silk gowns with pounds of tea!
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