Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)

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The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.

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 Horace Rumpole (42 episodes, 1978-1992)
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 Henry (37 episodes, 1978-1992)
Julian Curry ...
 Claude Erskine-Brown / ... (35 episodes, 1978-1992)
Marion Mathie ...
 Hilda Rumpole (24 episodes, 1987-1992)
Richard Murdoch ...
 Uncle Tom (23 episodes, 1978-1991)
Maureen Derbyshire ...
 Dianne - Secretary / ... (23 episodes, 1978-1991)
Peter Blythe ...
 Samuel 'Soapy Sam' Ballard, Q.C. / ... (22 episodes, 1983-1992)
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Horace Rumpole is an "Old Bailey Hack," one of the underpaid barristers who ply the courtrooms of the Old Bailey, London's criminal court. Rumpole refused to handle most suits and will never prosecute. He always defends. Each of his trials has both a victory and a defeat in them, his clients who are acquitted often angrier than those who are found guilty. There is always at least one and often two subplots. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Rumpole von Old Bailey  »

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Originally, author John Mortimer had Alastair Sim in mind to play Rumpole - until he found out Sim was dead. See more »

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Horace Rumpole: An Englishman's gin bottle is his castle!
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Referenced in Comedy Connections: To the Manor Born (2006) See more »

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Unforgettable, Unique, Undefeated!
1 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Rumpole of the Bailey" is the subject of a great series of books by John Mortimer, and most have been made into episodes of this terrific TV series. No one but the great Leo McKern could possibly be Horace Rumpole, henpecked husband, dedicated barrister, brilliant examiner, seeker of truth, clever investigator, tweaker of authority, and I hope I didn't leave anything out, the man you'd want defending you in Her Majesty's courts. The shows almost invariably start with Rumpole's introduction to his hopeless client. Rumpole gathers evidence to clear the unfortunate while navigating office politics, domestic crises and society's craziness. Each episode is enjoyable on its own, but try to see them in order to see how relationships begin, flourish, wither and end or continue to grow stronger. Leo McKern is perfect as the quick-witted Rumpole and he's well supported by the rest of the cast who appear in varying numbers of shows. Of course, each installment features an unexpected twist, which leaves Rumpole triumphant or, rarely, humbled. These exploits are great, if you think Perry Mason or Matlock are great, catch Rumpole.


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