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Rumpole of the Bailey 

The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Leo McKern ...  Horace Rumpole 43 episodes, 1978-1992
Jonathan Coy ...  Henry 38 episodes, 1978-1992
Julian Curry Julian Curry ...  Claude Erskine-Brown / ... 36 episodes, 1978-1992
Marion Mathie Marion Mathie ...  Hilda Rumpole 24 episodes, 1987-1992
Richard Murdoch Richard Murdoch ...  Uncle Tom 24 episodes, 1978-1991
Maureen Darbyshire Maureen Darbyshire ...  Dianne / ... 24 episodes, 1978-1991
Peter Blythe ...  Samuel Ballard Q.C. / ... 22 episodes, 1983-1992
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rumpole von Old Bailey See more »

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Production Co:

Thames Television See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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Horace Rumpole: She who must be obeyed!
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Nothing to complain about here...
13 September 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Before I got engrossed in this brilliant show, I considered Kavanagh QC my favourite legal drama. Now after watching Rumpole of the Bailey, I have changed my mind, though Kavanagh QC will always have a special place in my heart. There is very little I can add to the comments praising this show, but I'll try my best. Rumpole of the Railey is simply brilliant. The writing is always superb and really clever and the stories are engrossing(even some of the weaker episodes are compulsive viewing). The photography is wonderful, as is the music, costumes, locations, direction and music, while the courtroom scenes are a joy to behold. Much has been said about Leo McKern here, and with good reason, he is phenomenal playing one of the most interesting and enjoyable lead characters I've ever seen. Everyone else is very well cast, but it will always be McKern's show. To conclude, Rumpole of the Bailey is wonderful with very little wrong with it. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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