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)
Jonathan Coy ...
 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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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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"Soapy" Sam Ballard: Rumpole as a client! God give me strength!
Hilda Rumpole: Oh, don't worry, Sam. If God doesn't, I certainly will.
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Played to perfection
13 September 2004 | by (Indianapolis, Indiana USA) – See all my reviews

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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