The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.
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 Horace Rumpole (43 episodes, 1978-1992)
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 Henry (38 episodes, 1978-1992)
Julian Curry ...
 Claude Erskine-Brown / ... (36 episodes, 1978-1992)
Marion Mathie ...
 Hilda Rumpole (24 episodes, 1987-1992)
Richard Murdoch ...
 Uncle Tom (24 episodes, 1978-1991)
Maureen Darbyshire ...
 Dianne / ... (24 episodes, 1978-1991)
Peter Blythe ...
 Samuel 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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David Yelland played Rumpole's 17 year old son Nick in the first episode, despite being 31 at the time. See more »

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Horace Rumpole: An Englishman's gin bottle is his castle!
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Followed by Rumpole of the Bailey: Rumpole's Return (1980) See more »

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Rumpole does not plead guilty or prosecute
5 August 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Horace Rumpole is not one of those rich high flying barristers. He's an 'Old Bailey hack' who is equally comfortable with Magistrates Courts. He is particularly comfortable in Pommeroy's wine bar. He certainly doesn't want to be a judge because they send people to the 'Chokey' He doesn't not want his clients to plead guilty possibly because trials are a better earner. He has no ambitions to be a QC even though this would mean that he would not need a 'leader' in big cases. This is a great series with loads of humour.The fact that this was written by a barrister makes it even better.

He lives with his wife Hilda...She who must be obeyed. He is annoyed that she prefers to buy cleaning products like Vim rather than bottles of wine. His most famous case is the Penge Bungalow murders. He is usually successful even though no judges appear to like him.


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