Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
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Rumpole and the Fascist Beast 

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Captain Rex Parkin of the Pay Corps (retired) is charged with an offence under the Race Relations Act, and finds to his horror that Rumpole has taken under his wing a pupil barrister from the Punjab.

Director:

Robert Knights

Writer:

John Mortimer

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leo McKern ... Horace Rumpole
Peggy Thorpe-Bates Peggy Thorpe-Bates ... Hilda Rumpole (as Peggy Thorpe Bates)
Peter Bowles ... Guthrie Featherstone, Q.C. M.P.
Patricia Hodge ... Miss Trant
Julian Curry Julian Curry ... Erskine Brown
Richard Murdoch Richard Murdoch ... Uncle Tom
Jonathan Coy ... Henry
Maureen Darbyshire Maureen Darbyshire ... Diane
Robert Lang ... Captain Rex Parkin
Paul Curran ... Judge Jamieson
Lyndam Gregory Lyndam Gregory ... Latif Khan
Barbara Laurenson Barbara Laurenson ... Mavis Parkin
Roger Sloman ... Cliff Worsley
Michael O'Hagan ... Sydney Cox
Douglas Reith ... Sergeant Downs
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Storyline

Rumpole finds himself defending Capt. Rex Parkin, a fascist whose racist views don't sit well with the counsel for the defense but for whom Rumpole will defend the right to free speech. Parkin however seems to think that martyrdom, in the form of a guilty plea and a maximum sentence, is what is required bur Rumpole thinks otherwise. In the circumstances, Rumpole is more than pleased to take on a new pupil, Latif Khan. Mr. Khan's presence in Chambers creates some tension among the barristers, but works to his advantage when his application for a vacancy is considered. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1979 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Thames Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Captain Rex Parkin: I served my country as best I could given my medical condition.
Horace Rumpole: [looking at his records] Ah, yes, flat feet! Hmmm, don't worry. I was on the RAF ground staff. We both avoided the temptation of heroism.
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