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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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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:

3 April 1978 (UK) 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

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Quotes

Horace Rumpole: An Englishman's gin bottle is his castle!
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Delightful series from the UK...
19 July 2002 | by quampSee all my reviews

I think everyone can identify with the lead character Horace Rumpole. That's because he's a crafty, witty barrister surrounded by a bunch of stuffed shirts and idiots. There's Claude Erskine-Brown, the close confidant of Rumpole's who seems to stumble from one disaster to another; Phylida "Portia" Erskine-Brown, Claude's wife and about a third of his source of problems; Judge Gutherie Featherstone, a rather hapless man who gets caught up in a sex scandal right as he's trying to decide on a case in that matter; junior clark Liz Probert, played wonderfully by Leo's daughter Abigail McKern; the hapless Timson clan, who Rumpole constantly rescues from trouble despite their antics, and most of all, we should not forget "She who must be obeyed" - Hilda Rumpole. The cast was a superb choice and the writing was excellent. What was sad about this series is its ending - it's the kind of thing you don't want to end.


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