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Release Date:
12 February 1980 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 71)

Leo McKern ... Horace Rumpole (43 episodes, 1978-1992)

Jonathan Coy ... 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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Series Directed by
Donald McWhinnie (4 episodes, 1979-1987)
Roger Bamford (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Julian Amyes (4 episodes, 1988-1991)
Robert Tronson (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Graham Evans (3 episodes, 1978)
Herbert Wise (3 episodes, 1978)
Robert Knights (2 episodes, 1979-1983)
Brian Farnham (2 episodes, 1979)
Martyn Friend (2 episodes, 1987-1992)
Rodney Bennett (2 episodes, 1987)
Mike Vardy (2 episodes, 1988)
John Gorrie (2 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Writing credits
John Mortimer (43 episodes, 1978-1992)

Series Produced by
Jacqueline Davis .... producer (37 episodes, 1979-1992)
Lloyd Shirley .... executive producer (21 episodes, 1987-1992)
Brian Walcroft .... executive producer (9 episodes, 1991-1992)
Juliet Grimm .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1978)
Irene Shubik .... producer (6 episodes, 1978)
David Ball .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Original Music by
Joseph Horovitz (43 episodes, 1978-1992)
 
Series Film Editing by
Trevor Waite (6 episodes, 1980-1983)
John Plummer (4 episodes, 1978-1983)
Ray Ball (4 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Casting by
Elizabeth Sadler (19 episodes, 1983-1991)
Sue Whatmough (14 episodes, 1978-1992)
Rebecca Howard (4 episodes, 1978)
Julian Oldfield (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Production Design by
Bill Palmer (33 episodes, 1979-1992)
Mike Hall (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
David Marshall (6 episodes, 1978)
Philip Blowers (3 episodes, 1979-1980)

Peter Elliott (unknown episodes)
Gillian Miles (unknown episodes)
David Richens (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Laura Nightingale (8 episodes, 1978-1979)
Anne Salisbury (3 episodes, 1978)
Diane Holmes (3 episodes, 1992)
Jennie Tate (3 episodes, 1992)
Caroline Middleton (1 episode, 1980)

Caroline Rybolt (unknown episodes)
Jill Silverside (unknown episodes)
Louise Walker (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Angela Seyfang .... makeup artist / makeup supervisor / ... (37 episodes, 1978-1992)
Sally Thorpe .... makeup supervisor (6 episodes, 1979)
Pearl Rashbass .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Production Management
Brian Heard .... production manager (6 episodes, 1991)
Peter Ernster .... production manager (6 episodes, 1992)
Del Randall .... studio production manager (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Downing .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1992)
Fizz Waters .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1992)
 
Series Art Department
Rob Page .... graphic designer / graphics / ... (43 episodes, 1978-1992)
Ian Russell .... designer (11 episodes, 1987-1992)
Ray Lee .... production buyer (5 episodes, 1987-1991)
Sarah Prebble .... production buyer (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Nick Palmer .... design assistant (4 episodes, 1992)
David J. Wiles .... production buyer (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Gillian Miles .... designer (2 episodes, 1988)
Graham Walker .... graphics (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Adam Marshall .... design assistant (2 episodes, 1992)
Ron Urquhart .... production buyer (2 episodes, 1992)

Andy Armstrong .... props (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Brian Moray .... sound / sound supervisor (12 episodes, 1979-1988)
Dennis Whitlock .... film sound recordist / film recordist (9 episodes, 1979-1983)
Peter Ball .... sound (8 episodes, 1987-1992)
Richard Churchill .... sound / OB sound (8 episodes, 1988-1992)
Brian Hibbert .... sound / sound supervisor / ... (7 episodes, 1978-1992)
Peter Stoddart .... sound / OB sound / ... (5 episodes, 1980-1991)
Freddie Slade .... film dubbing mixer / dubbing mixer (5 episodes, 1980-1983)
Ivan Ager .... OB sound / o.b. sound (5 episodes, 1987)
Tony Morley .... O.B. sound (4 episodes, 1988)
Sandy MacRae .... film recordist / film sound supervisor / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Mike Westlake .... sound supervisor (3 episodes, 1978)
Bill Rawcliffe .... sound (3 episodes, 1987)
Nick Pratt .... O.B. sound / ob sound (3 episodes, 1988-1991)
Peter Willcocks .... sound / sound: studio (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Bob Allen .... film recordist (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Special Effects by
Casper Lailey .... special effects technician (unknown episodes, 1990)
Ken Lailey .... special effects supervisor (unknown episodes, 1990)
 
Series Stunts
Andy Bradford .... stunt arranger (1 episode, 1988)
Steve Dent .... stunt driver (1 episode, 1991)
Gareth Milne .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 1992)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Bottone .... lighting / lighting director / ... (35 episodes, 1978-1992)
Andy Fraser .... OB vision control / vision control / ... (17 episodes, 1987-1992)
Roy Easton .... senior cameraman / cameras / ... (16 episodes, 1978-1992)
Mike Hobbs .... O.B. cameras / OB cameraman / ... (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Frank Hodge .... film cameraman / camera operator (9 episodes, 1979-1983)
Chas Watts .... cameras / camera operator / ... (9 episodes, 1983-1992)
Mel Davies .... O.B. vision control (6 episodes, 1988)
Andy Andrews .... lighting / lighting director (5 episodes, 1979-1987)
Mike Solomons .... cameras / camera operator (5 episodes, 1988-1991)
John Chapman .... OB cameras / camera operator / ... (5 episodes, 1991)
Bob Mason .... vision control (4 episodes, 1978-1988)
Bill Marley .... vision control (4 episodes, 1978-1987)
Peter Coombs .... senior cameraman / senior camera operator (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Albert Almond .... cameras / studio cameras (4 episodes, 1983-1992)
Mike Fash .... film cameraman (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Allan James .... vision control (3 episodes, 1983-1988)
David Harvey .... vision control (3 episodes, 1987-1992)
Peter Howell .... cameras (3 episodes, 1987)
Adrian J. Fearnley .... OB cameras / camera operator / ... (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Richard Waiting .... vision control (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Ian Jones .... vision controller (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
Norman G. Langley .... film cameraman (2 episodes, 1978)
Paul Stripp .... vision control (2 episodes, 1978)
Michael J. Davis .... film cameraman (2 episodes, 1979)
John Darnell .... cameras (2 episodes, 1983)
Ian Coram .... vision control (2 episodes, 1987-1991)
Bob Newman .... lighting (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
 
Series Casting Department
Stephanie Booth .... casting assistant (5 episodes, 1992)
Elizabeth Sadler .... casting / casting: London (3 episodes, 1980-1988)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Middleton .... costumes (7 episodes, 1988-1991)
Caroline Rybolt .... costumes (6 episodes, 1983-1987)
Mandy Harper .... wardrobe supervisor / costumes (6 episodes, 1992)
Richard Brown .... costumes / costumer (5 episodes, 1987)
Jill Silverside .... costumes (4 episodes, 1988-1991)
Louise Walker .... costumes (3 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Editorial Department
Dave Lewinton .... videotape editor / editor: video tape / ... (16 episodes, 1978-1992)
Peter Phillips .... vision mixer (16 episodes, 1978-1992)
Martin Perrett .... vision mixer (14 episodes, 1979-1992)
Nick Bigsby .... vision mixer (8 episodes, 1978-1983)
Colin Bocking .... video tape editor / editor: video tape / ... (7 episodes, 1978-1987)
Fred Turner .... editor: video tape / video tape editor (7 episodes, 1978-1980)
Roger Holmes .... editor: video tape / videotape editor (5 episodes, 1983-1991)
Peter Boffin .... vision mixer (4 episodes, 1978-1988)
Bill Marley .... vision control (4 episodes, 1979-1983)
Thomas Kavanagh .... videotape editor / editor: video tape (4 episodes, 1983-1991)
Bob Mason .... vision control (2 episodes, 1979-1983)
Ian Jones .... vision control (2 episodes, 1979)
Grant Goodwin .... editor: video tape / videotape editor (2 episodes, 1983-1987)
Nick Ames .... videotape editor / vision mixer (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
 
Series Music Department
Joseph Horovitz .... conductor / music director (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Other crew
Michael Grieve .... technical adviser / technical advisor (32 episodes, 1978-1992)
Ian Elsey .... location supervisor / location manager (16 episodes, 1979-1992)
Shirley Cleghorn .... stage manager (14 episodes, 1978-1991)
Del Randall .... studio supervisor / operational supervisor (14 episodes, 1978-1988)
Vandra Edwards .... stage manager (10 episodes, 1987-1992)
Kerry Mann .... floor manager (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
Fizz Waters .... floor manager (8 episodes, 1987-1991)
John White-Jones .... studio supervisor / operational supervisor (7 episodes, 1978-1983)
Peter Groome .... floor manager / studio supervisor (7 episodes, 1978-1979)
Denver Thornton .... location supervisor / location manager (7 episodes, 1980-1991)
Dick Hibberd .... studio supervisor (7 episodes, 1980-1988)
Jennifer Oldland .... technical adviser / technical advisor (7 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jill Watts .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1978-1992)
Barry Millar .... location manager / location supervisor (6 episodes, 1978-1987)
Mary Lewis .... stage manager (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Isobel Neil .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1979-1987)
Peter Piddock .... floor manager (6 episodes, 1979)
Julian Meers .... floor manager (6 episodes, 1983-1987)
Tony Taylor .... engineering manager (6 episodes, 1987)
Pat Lees .... production assistant / script supervisor (6 episodes, 1988-1992)
Peter Sampson .... engineering manager (6 episodes, 1988)
Karina Brewin .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 1992)
Anne Shields .... production accountant (6 episodes, 1992)
Tricia Barnes .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1978-1992)
Mary Motture .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1983-1991)
Janice Brackenridge .... production assistant / script supervisor (5 episodes, 1988-1992)
Paddy Dewey .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1983-1988)
Sue Mahoney .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Phill Hill .... floor manager (3 episodes, 1980-1983)
Nigel J. Wilson .... stage manager (3 episodes, 1980-1983)
Ruth Parkhill .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1983-1987)
Eric Pavitt .... location supervisor (2 episodes, 1979)
Sue Pethybridge .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1979)
Dave Sparks .... studio supervisor (2 episodes, 1979)
Cass Brown .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1983)
Keith Lund .... location manager (2 episodes, 1988)
Jonathan Posner .... location manager (2 episodes, 1988)
Caroline O'Reilly .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1991)
Angela Carter .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1992)
Chrissie Cocks .... location manager (2 episodes, 1992)
Garance Rawinsky .... location manager (2 episodes, 1992)

Sandy MacRae .... film recordist (unknown episodes)
Brian Rendle .... film recordist (unknown episodes)
 

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60 min
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Trivia:
Originally, author John Mortimer had Alastair Sim in mind to play Rumpole - until he found out Sim was dead.See more »
Quotes:
"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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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, 7 April 2006
Author: hgallon from Derbyshire, UK

It is hard to know who deserves the most credit for this courtroom series; author John Mortimer QC (a noted barrister himself), or actor Leo McKern.

Obviously, the series was written with the benefit of intimate knowledge of the English legal system, but almost every branch of it is portrayed very unflatteringly. Most Barristers are shown as smug and pompous, fencing with each other in Latin phrases while the defendant and jury look baffled; policemen are bent, solicitors are shady and judges are either more concerned with barristers' correct dress rather than the evidence, or sadistic and bigoted.

The seamier side of the profession is also shown; with prestigious barristers having to work from poky "chambers", at the mercy of clerks for their work ("briefs") and undervalued secretaries for their paperwork.

In such a world, a weary and introspective character such as Rumpole dominates the scene. McKern's booming delivery and range of facial expressions make this all too easy. The language is a delight, as Rumpole quotes Browning, Tennyson, Shakespeare at will. Some of the most hilarious scenes occur as lawyers take on their clients' personas and start arguing their cases with each other in the first person, in bars or restaurants.

Rumpole's home life with wife Hilda, "She who must be obeyed", is also shown as quite a caricature, as Hilda Rumpole is portrayed as having few interests beyond her husband's lowly position in the pecking order, and household cleaning agents.

Any one of the episodes makes good viewing.

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