Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
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Rumpole and the Reform of Joby Jonson 

Rumole defends a juvenile delinquent on charges of assaulting an elderly woman, and Hilda is concerned when a burglar breaks in to steal evidence from his briefcase.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Mathie ...
Julian Curry ...
Robin Bailey ...
Abigail McKern ...
Denis Lill ...
Mr. Bernard
Christopher Milburn ...
Dave Inchcape
Dot Clapton
Sir Sebastian Pilgrim
Tom Mottram MP
Sara Coward ...
Elspeth Dodds
Joby Jonson


Rumpole defends a juvenile delinquent for harassing and later beating and robbing an elderly woman who refuses to sell out to real estate developers. After the barrister finds that his home has been burgled and evidence from the case stolen, some highly-placed, prominent citizens seem overly curious about the case and make inquiries about it to Rumpole. When Phyllida, who is prosecuting, is angered that the priggish Ballard has sabotaged Erskine-Brown's ongoing efforts to be named a queen's counsel, she begins to work behind the scenes to change his mind. As a sidebar, Dot Clapton's nose-piercing causes a small uproar in chambers. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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19 November 1992 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Horace Rumpole: I may be a brilliant brief, Joby, but I'm unable to walk on water or turn base metals into gold.
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Late, but interesting
2 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The series fell off rather in its later episodes. The direction became broader and more conventional. The office life, originally filmed as "fly on the wall", ran out of story lines. The office colleagues became caricatures of themselves. Here the main characters - Rumpole, Bernard, Hilda, Henry - are as good as ever. And writer John Mortimer still has points he wishes to put before the jury. Here he wants to show us a Victorian style philanthropist who runs a private scheme to tackle juvenile delinquency by reforming individual youths - they have to confess their sins publicly. I wonder if he's based on a real person? Back at the ranch, the new typist, Dot, is causing a furore by wearing a tiny nose stud. Oh, very funny (and she wears a loud polka-dot blouse too). She is a good actress - but somebody should have told her to hit the space bar and carriage return every now and then.

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