8.4/10
914
19 user 2 critic

Rumpole of the Bailey 

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

Episodes

Seasons


Years



7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1992   1991   1988   1987   1983   1980   … See all »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

To the Manor Born (1979–2007)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Audrey fforbes-Hamilton is sad when her husband dies but is shocked when she realises that she has to leave Grantleigh Manor where her family has lived forever. The new owner is Richard De ... See full summary »

Stars: Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles, Angela Thorne
Danger UXB (1979)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Brian Ash is a young lieutenant who is assigned to a UXB unit in the early days of World War II. UXB (UneXploded Bomb) is the signal that an aerial bomb has not exploded. Ash's job is to ... See full summary »

Stars: Anthony Andrews, Maurice Roëves, George Innes
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Louisa is an ordinary girl living in Victorian London. She is looking for a job and ends up talking her way into the kitchen of a Lords townhouse. The Lord has a rather snooty French Chef, ... See full summary »

Stars: Gemma Jones, Victoria Plucknett, John Welsh
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Jack Regan is a hard edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police. He pursues villains by methods which are underhanded and often illegal themselves, frequently violent and more often than not successful.

Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan
Minder (1979–1994)
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Arthur Daley, a small-time conman, hires former boxer Terry McCann to be his 'minder', so Terry can protect him (Arthur) from other, small-time, crooks. While Terry is trying his hardest to... See full summary »

Stars: George Cole, Glynn Edwards, Dennis Waterman
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer, and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The trials and misadventures of the staff of a country veterinary office in 1940's Yorkshire.

Stars: Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy, Peter Davison
Bergerac (1981–1991)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Alcoholic and divorced father of a young daughter, DS Jim Bergerac is a true maverick who prefers doing things his own way, and consequently doesn't always carry out his investigations the way his boss would like.

Stars: John Nettles, Terence Alexander, Sean Arnold
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Jeff Randall and Marty Hopkirk are private detectives who specialize in divorce cases. Their long-running partnership seems to come to an abrupt end when Marty is killed by a hit-and-run, ... See full summary »

Stars: Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope, Annette Andre
Just Good Friends (1983–1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The series followed the wavering relationship between two ex-lovers, Penny Warrender, a secretary for an advertising firm, and Vincent Pinner, an ex ice cream salesman turned turf ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Nicholas, Jan Francis, Sylvia Kay
Secret Army (1977–1979)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

During World War II, a Belgian resistance movement called Lifeline, based in Brussels, organises the return of Allied airmen who have been shot down by the Luftwaffe to the United Kingdom.

Stars: Bernard Hepton, Angela Richards, Clifford Rose
Poldark (TV Series 1975)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

In 1783, Ross Poldark returns from the American wars to his native Cornwall to right wrongs and reunite with the love of his life.

Stars: Robin Ellis, Angharad Rees, Clive Francis
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Rumpole von Old Bailey See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Thames Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Rumpole was referenced to twice during the OJ Simpson trial. Direct reference was made was made by the prosecution stating "As Rumpole would say, it all comes down to the blood." A more subtle reference occurred when a defense attorney stated that they were getting "a case of premature adjudication", a phrase Rumpole often used. See more »

Quotes

Horace Rumpole: She who must be obeyed!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Screenwipe: Episode #3.3 (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Perfection!!!
11 June 2003 | by standardmetalSee 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.


12 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 19 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed

 
30-11-2018 – Sri Vishnu Dasavatharam Zee... | Haarpflege & Styling | laptop ram available