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Rumpole of the Bailey 

The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.
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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

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English

Release Date:

12 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rumpole von Old Bailey See more »

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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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David Yelland played Rumpole's 17 year old son Nick in the first episode, despite being 31 at the time. See more »

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Horace Rumpole: An Englishman's gin bottle is his castle!
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Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #2.18 (2016) See more »

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Played to perfection
13 September 2004 | by nicmartSee all my reviews

Rarely has television fit a role and an actor together as perfectly as Rumpole and Leo McKern. (A couple of other examples would be Vic Morrow in "Combat!" and Derek Jacobi in "I, Cladius".) The singular pleasure these episodes afford is watching McKern act as the mildly cynical, but resolutely libertarian, barrister. It is easy to see why McKern came to loathe playing the part since it is the ultimate case of typecasting. One can less think of McKern sans Rumpole than he can Connery sans Bond. Better to rewatch Rumpole than the colorless blather on Court TV.

The scripts and additional cast are good enough to make repeated watching of McKern worthwhile.


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