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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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Originally, author John Mortimer had Alastair Sim in mind to play Rumpole - until he found out Sim was dead. See more »

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"Soapy" Sam Ballard: Rumpole as a client! God give me strength!
Hilda Rumpole: Oh, don't worry, Sam. If God doesn't, I certainly will.
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Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #2.18 (2016) See more »

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Perfection!!!
11 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

The late Leo McKern had the kind of identification with John Mortimer's character that occurs rarely (other examples being David Suchet as Hercule Poirot, Raymond Burr as Perry Mason and probably Joan Hickson as Miss Marple.). In fact, I think the author agrees and said so more than once.

Hilda Rumpole, "she who must be obeyed", (the name comes from Rider Haggard's "She") is a perfect foil for Rumpole. (She was played by two actresses over the years, Peggy Thorpe-Bates 1978-83 and Marion Mathie from 1987-92) The other characters are also perfectly cast.

The stories are most enjoyable and are a fine basis for the series.


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