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.
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Did You Know?
Horace Rumpole was originally given a moustache for the Season 1 episodes that took place prior to 1974 to give him a more 'retrospective' look. For the stories set in 1974 and after (and also to bring his image in line with how he had looked in the original Play for Today: Rumpole of the Bailey
(1975) ) he was clean shaven, and remained so throughout Season 2 also. For Rumpole of the Bailey: Rumpole's Return
(1980) and the remainder of the series, the moustache returned. A possible reason for this was that Rumpole was invariable depicted in publicity images and artwork (including the show's opening title caricatures) wearing the moustache, therefore the character was made to match the popular image of him. See more
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