Rumpole and Hilda are invited for the weekend at a cousin's castle - but when they get there they find their relation faces the charge of murdering a travelling woman and is looking for Rumpole to rally round to help him.
Hilda persuades Ballard to defend Rumpole when he faces a disciplinary hearing. Rumpole seems to have gone a good deal too far in what he said in Mr Justice Oliphant's court - or did he?
Rumpole agrees to act for the family of a dead girl who are bringing a private prosecution for murder against Christopher Jago. Due to lack of evidence the Police decided not to charge him. Ballard asks Rumpole to prosecute Erskine-Brown, who is accused of stealing work from a colleague in chambers by changing the names on a brief. Mysteriously, Ballard spends a lot of time at a party hiding a bandaged fingertip…moreless
Rumpole flirts with a beautiful violinist and finds himself reluctantly defending her husband, who is charged with murdering the violinist's musical partner.
Meanwhile, Claude Erskine-Brown accuses Henry, the clerk at 3 Equity Court, of sexually harassing a secretary.
Rumpole defends a teenager charged with stealing from old people. Curiously, Rumpole's own apartment is promptly broken into and documents are stolen.
Erskine-Brown is in the running again to 'take silk' (become a Queen's Counsel) but the word around the Inns of Court is that he does not have enough 'bottom' and will not make the grade. Phyllida launches a campaign in support of Claude, but can she pull it off?
With little sign of enthusiasm, Rumpole takes Hilda on a cruising holiday. He is appalled to learn that a High Court judge, Mr Justice Graves, is also on board, and Rumpole promptly dives for cover. But then the missing wife of a reverend becomes the target of some skullduggery, and Rumpole surfaces again from his hidey-hole.moreless
A live mouse is served to Erskine-Brown in a London restaurant, and Rumpole finds himself defending the self-important chef-restaurateur on the environmental health charges which follow. At home, Hilda takes up with her Canadian cousin and loses all interest in Rumpole.
Rumpole defends a vicar who is charged with stealing three shirts from a department store, but the troubled clergyman refuses to take the stand in his own defence. George Frobisher, who is in line to be appointed as a Circuit Judge, comes to dinner with the Rumpoles and introduces his new girlfriend. Rumpole remembers seeing her in court and advises his friend to think again.moreless
Rumpole's colleagues Ballard and Erskine-Brown appear for the prosecution.
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Rumpole defends a man charged with running massage parlours as brothels, and his former colleague in chambers Mr Justice Featherstone finds himself in an embarrassing position. The prospect of appointment as a Judge is dangled in front of Rumpole - and it is suggested that he might wish to handle the defence of his present case with suitable discretion, so to speak… The troublesome Heathstoke is anxious to drive the Chambers at Number 3, Equity Court, into the twentieth century - and he tries to oust both Rumpole and Henry, the chambers clerk, into the outer darkness.moreless
Rumpole defends a business man who is accused of trying to murder his partner.
After a squabble with 'She Who Must Be Obeyed', Rumpole finally leaves home - but Hilda doesn't seem to miss him very much
Rumpole defends a flamboyanty romantic young schoolteacher who is accused of seducing a pupil.
Meanwhile, Rumpole's colleague in chambers Guthrie Featherstone pursues his ambition of becoming a High Court judge, while Phyllida has a secret to keep from a former lover.
Rumpole is busy defending the youngest son of a family of villains on a murder charge. His client has all the evidence stacked against him, but meanwhile it is Rumpole's battered old bowler which is becoming the focus of bemused attention in chambers and beyond
Hilda has made up her mind that Rumpole is to take her to the Scales of Justice Ball. Perhaps a new hat and an acquittal at the Old Bailey will get him in the mood for dancing?
Rumpole defends Ken Aspen, a politician accused of raping a party worker. The defendant admits there was intercourse but claims it was consensual, and Rumpole believes he has found a strong line of defence. Meanwhile, Rumpole's favourite clerk has been accused of stealing from the petty cash at Number 3, Equity Court…moreless
Rumpole represents the wife, Mrs Thripp, in a divorce case where the couple only communicate by leaving each other notes. Hilda is upset by Mrs Thripp's constant phone calls to Rumpole at home. Rumpole helps Phyllida Trant as she tries to become accustomed to bar practice.
With the Christmas season in full swing, Rumpole defends Dave Anstey on the charge of stabbing a sales assistant in an off-licence. It seems to be a case of mistaken identity, but why does Dave's boss, on whom his alibi depends, change his story and undermine the defence? Meanwhile, Rumpole's Head of Chambers has an attractive new secretary, and starts spending a lot of time with her behind closed doors… When Guthrie Featherstone is seen gyrating at a disco with the girl from the typing pool, Rumpole means to get to the bottom of it all.moreless
Rumpole travels to the north of England and practices his own theatricality in defence of Maggie Hartley, an actress accused of shooting her womanizing husband.