Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)

Rumpole a la Carte 

Rumpole agrees to defend an elitist restaurateur whom he dislikes when a live mouse jumps out from one of his gourmet meals.


Jim Goddard


John Mortimer, John Mortimer (by)



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leo McKern ... Horace Rumpole
Marion Mathie Marion Mathie ... Hilda Rumpole
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ... Mr. Justice Graves
Peter Blythe ... Samuel Ballard Q.C.
Julian Curry Julian Curry ... Claude Erskine-Brown
Jonathan Coy ... Henry
Abigail McKern Abigail McKern ... Liz Probert
Christopher Milburn Christopher Milburn ... Dave Inchcape
T.P. McKenna ... Jean Pierre O'Higgins
James Maxwell ... Everard Wystan
Richard Hampton Richard Hampton ... Mr. Pinhorn
Frank Mills ... Fig Newton
Pauline Delaney ... Mrs Rafferty (as Pauline Delany)
Pamela Miles Pamela Miles ... Tricia Benbow
John Bluthal ... Gaston LeBlanc


Rumpole reluctantly agrees to accompany Hilda and her male cousin to a very elite, exclusive restaurant. Rumpole objects to the pretentious atmosphere, fancy fair, and skimpy portions and demands comfort food like steak and kidney pudding. Jean Pierre O'Higgins, the gourmet restaurateur, is insulted that Rumpole would expect him to prepare such proletarian dish and an argument ensues. An even greater uproar arises when a live mouse jumps out from the serving dish at another table. The diners are Erskine-Brown and a pretty colleague that he's attempting to romance. Embarrassed by Rumpole's behavior, Hilda leaves him for her more genteel cousin. When a recalcitrant O'Higgins comes to Rumpole to beg his help in saving his license and reputation, Rumpole does agree to defend him without embarrassing Erskine-Brown. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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English | Italian

Release Date:

28 October 1991 (UK) See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title for this episode, in addition to being a crude pun referring to the mouse, was used by author John Mortimer for a 1990 anthology of Rumpole short stories. See more »


Horace Rumpole: I often think that knowledge of the law is a bit of a handicap to a barrister.
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