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Two questions about She who must be obey

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    archangelwho

    [1]Apr 27, 2012
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    Why did Peggy Thorpe-Bates leaves the show? She left in 1983 but did not pass away until 1989. Was she ill?


    This form has Marion Mathie playing Hilda from 1987-1992. Who played Hilda from 1984-1986?

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    archangelwho

    [2]May 4, 2012
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    I read that Peggy Thorpe-Bates left due to illness but did not say what type or what she die of. It also statrd that Marion Mathie started in 1984 and stay until the show ended.

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    fanboy34

    [3]Nov 5, 2012
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    For the original character appearance, Mrs. Rumpole (she who must be obeyed) was played by Joyce Heron in the 1975 BBC Play For Today episode. After 1983, Peggy Thorpe-Bates is credited with only a single appearance in 1984 as a guest star in The Young Ones so she may have indeed been too ill. In the Play For Today episode, Rumpole was very much as we know him but Hilda Rumpole was a bit differently played in what we may consider a pilot episode for the actual Rumpole of the Bailey series.

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