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Rumpole at Sea 

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While on a Mediterranean cruise, Rumpole is confronted with his old nemesis, Judge Graves, and the unexplained disappearance of one of his fellow passengers.


Michael Simpson


John Mortimer, John Mortimer (by)



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Episode complete credited cast:
Leo McKern ... Horace Rumpole
Marion Mathie Marion Mathie ... Hilda Rumpole
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ... Mr. Justice Graves
Benjamin Whitrow ... The Rev. Bill Britwell
Anna Sharkey Anna Sharkey ... Mavis Britwell
Julian Holloway ... Howard Swainton
Lorelei King ... Linda Milson
Josephine Blake Josephine Blake ... Gloria de la Haye
Ted Taylor Ted Taylor ... Pianist
David Quilter David Quilter ... Captain Orde
Alkis Kritikos Alkis Kritikos ... Purser
Ramsay Gilderdale Ramsay Gilderdale ... Harvey Wimple


Hilda persuades a reluctant Rumpole to take a "second honeymoon" cruise to the Greek Islands. When he unexpectedly learns that his great nemesis, Judge Gerald Graves, is also aboard, Rumpole initially keeps to his cabin. Hilda strikes up an acquaintance with a noted mystery writer who's on board to do research for his current novel and a pair of middle-aged newlyweds. When the wife of the Anglican minister mysteriously disappears, the writer, acting as a de facto prosecutor, raises the possibility that her husband has murdered her and thrown her overboard. Rumpole, of course, argues in favor of the vicar's innocence while the dour Judge Graves presides over the theoretical trial. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Author John Mortimer makes a cameo appearance as a passenger in a deck chair. See more »


The door to the Britwell's cabin has an "Emergency Exit Do Not Enter" sign so clearly isn't a cabin door. See more »


Hilda Rumpole: Can you imagine anyone throwing their wedding photograph overboard?
Hilda Rumpole: [Sarcastically] Perish the thought!
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A Rumpole I've never seen before?
11 February 2019 | by lucyrfisherSee all my reviews

It's like finding the tomb of Tutankhamun! And it's a particularly good one. Hilda persuades Rumpole to come on a "second honeymoon" on a cruise to the Greek islands. (They'd had to come home early from their first honeymoon as they ran out of money.) Rumpole just wants a holiday from judge Graves. Whaddaya know? Judge Graves is on board, taking a holiday from Rumpole.

Rumpole lurks out of site, while Hilda dresses in her best and mingles at the cocktail parties. She quickly chums up with a mystery writer and his irritating personal assistant, and an insurance man turned vicar who has just got married.

They are all serenaded by a (surprisingly good) singer who belts out the golden oldies. Rumpole's cover is blown, and he comes out of hiding, but the newly wed Mrs Britwell develops a mysterious sickness and disappears from view. The mystery writer suspects the Rev of making away with her. He, Rumpole and Graves form an unlikely investigation committee.

Eventually Rumpole solves the mystery in an effective and somewhat surreal denouement, and the Rumpoles set off to shop in Mykonos.

PS Hilda looks stunning in fancy dress as Britannia, while Rumpole wears an eyepatch as a pirate.

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18 November 1991 (UK) See more »

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