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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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Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury See more (12 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 69)

Leo McKern ... 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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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 (42 episodes, 1978-1992)

Series Produced by
Jacqueline Davis .... producer (36 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 (42 episodes, 1978-1992)
 
Series Cinematography by
Mike Hobbs (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Film Editing by
Trevor Waite (5 episodes, 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 (2 episodes, 1979)
Ian Russell (2 episodes, 1992)

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 (unknown episodes)
Caroline Rybolt (unknown episodes)
Jill Silverside (unknown episodes)
Louise Walker (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Angela Seyfang .... makeup artist / makeup supervisor / ... (36 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 / ... (42 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 (8 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)
Ivan Ager .... o.b. sound (5 episodes, 1987)
Freddie Slade .... film dubbing mixer (4 episodes, 1983)
Tony Morley .... o.b. sound / sound (4 episodes, 1988)
Peter Stoddart .... ob sound / sound (4 episodes, 1991)
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)
 
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 / ... (34 episodes, 1978-1992)
Andy Fraser .... ob vision control / vision control / ... (16 episodes, 1987-1992)
Roy Easton .... senior cameraman / cameras / ... (15 episodes, 1978-1992)
Mike Hobbs .... o.b. camera operator / ob cameras / ... (10 episodes, 1987-1988)
Chas Watts .... camera operator / cameras / ... (9 episodes, 1983-1992)
Frank Hodge .... film cameraman (8 episodes, 1979-1983)
Mel Davies .... o.b. vision controller / vision controller / ... (6 episodes, 1988)
Andy Andrews .... lighting / lighting director (5 episodes, 1979-1987)
Mike Solomons .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1988-1991)
John Chapman .... ob cameras / camera operator / ... (5 episodes, 1991)
Peter Coombs .... senior cameraman / senior camera operator (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Albert Almond .... cameras / studio cameras (4 episodes, 1983-1992)
Bob Mason .... vision controller (3 episodes, 1978-1988)
Bill Marley .... vision controller (3 episodes, 1978-1987)
Mike Fash .... film cameraman (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Allan James .... vision controller (3 episodes, 1983-1988)
David Harvey .... vision controller / vision control (3 episodes, 1987-1992)
Peter Howell .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1987)
Adrian J. Fearnley .... camera operator / ob cameras (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Richard Waiting .... vision control (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Norman G. Langley .... film cameraman (2 episodes, 1978)
Paul Stripp .... vision controller (2 episodes, 1978)
Michael J. Davis .... film cameraman (2 episodes, 1979)
John Darnell .... cameras (2 episodes, 1983)
Ian Coram .... vision control / vision controller (2 episodes, 1987-1991)
Bob Newman .... lighting (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
 
Series Casting Department
Stephanie Booth .... casting assistant (5 episodes, 1992)
Elizabeth Sadler .... casting (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Middleton .... costumes / costumer (7 episodes, 1988-1991)
Caroline Rybolt .... costumes / costumer (6 episodes, 1983-1987)
Mandy Harper .... wardrobe supervisor / costumes (6 episodes, 1992)
Richard Brown .... costumer (5 episodes, 1987)
Jill Silverside .... costumes / costumer (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)
Colin Bocking .... editor: video tape / videotape editor / ... (7 episodes, 1978-1987)
Nick Bigsby .... vision mixer (7 episodes, 1978-1983)
Fred Turner .... editor: video tape / videotape editor (6 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bill Marley .... vision control (5 episodes, 1979-1988)
Roger Holmes .... editor: video tape / video tape editor (5 episodes, 1983-1991)
Peter Boffin .... vision mixer (4 episodes, 1978-1988)
Thomas Kavanagh .... editor: video tape / videotape editor (4 episodes, 1983-1991)
Ian Jones .... vision control (2 episodes, 1979)
Grant Goodwin .... editor: video tape (2 episodes, 1983-1987)
Nick Ames .... videotape editor / vision mixer (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
 
Series Music Department
Joseph Horovitz .... conductor / musical director (12 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Other crew
Michael Grieve .... technical advisor / technical adviser (32 episodes, 1978-1992)
Ian Elsey .... location manager / location supervisor (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)
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)
Peter Piddock .... floor manager (6 episodes, 1979)
Denver Thornton .... location supervisor / location manager (6 episodes, 1983-1991)
Julian Meers .... floor manager (6 episodes, 1983-1987)
Dick Hibberd .... studio supervisor (6 episodes, 1987-1988)
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)
Isobel Neil .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1979-1987)
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)
Ruth Parkhill .... production assistant (3 episodes, 1983-1987)
Bob Mason .... vision control (2 episodes, 1979-1983)
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)
Phill Hill .... floor manager (2 episodes, 1983)
Nigel J. Wilson .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1983)
Andy Fraser .... ob vision control (2 episodes, 1987-1992)
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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Additional Details

Runtime:
60 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although it may seem like dubious practice to replace Samantha Bond with Leo's daughter, Abigail McKern in the part of Miss Liz Probert, she only appears in three episodes in her first series; Series 5. She then becomes a regular. (Note also that Rumpole may have had a thing for Probert...)See more »
Quotes:
Horace Rumpole:She who must be obeyed!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in "Screenwipe: Episode #3.3" (2007)See more »

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17 out of 19 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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