The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.
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Julian Curry ...
 Claude Erskine-Brown / ... 36 episodes, 1978-1992
Marion Mathie ...
 Hilda Rumpole 24 episodes, 1987-1992
Richard Murdoch ...
Maureen Darbyshire ...
 Dianne / ... 24 episodes, 1978-1991
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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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A photo of Uncle Tom is added to the office set during the final run in 1992, a tribute to his actor, Richard Murdoch, who had died in the interim. See more »

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Horace Rumpole: An Englishman's gin bottle is his castle!
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Referenced in Will & Grace: Fear and Clothing (2000) See more »

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Played to perfection

Rarely has television fit a role and an actor together as perfectly as Rumpole and Leo McKern. (A couple of other examples would be Vic Morrow in "Combat!" and Derek Jacobi in "I, Cladius".) The singular pleasure these episodes afford is watching McKern act as the mildly cynical, but resolutely libertarian, barrister. It is easy to see why McKern came to loathe playing the part since it is the ultimate case of typecasting. One can less think of McKern sans Rumpole than he can Connery sans Bond. Better to rewatch Rumpole than the colorless blather on Court TV.

The scripts and additional cast are good enough to make repeated watching of McKern worthwhile.


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