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Rumpole of the Bailey 

The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
...  Horace Rumpole 43 episodes, 1978-1992
...  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
...  Samuel Ballard Q.C. / ... 22 episodes, 1983-1992
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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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Rumpole von Old Bailey  »

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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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A superb trilogy,Mortimer,McKern & Rumpole
5 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

Mortimer is such a clever writer and his creation Rumpole is a work of genius,and who better than to pull it all together than Mckern. The author always weaved in 3 stories within an episode, the case,the chambers & home life with She Who Must Be Obeyed.Every episode is worth watching and even some of the weakest bare strong comparison with any other drama. McKern is mesmerising and you cannot take your eyes off him when he is on screen.This is truly great entertainment and the supporting cast are magnificent. This series is probably the greatest of all time as courtroom drama.

Perfection.


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