Horace Rumpole is an untidy, aging London barrister who defends in criminal cases. His clients rarely cut elegant figures. He is fond of red wine, poetry, and fair dealing, and is not looked on as a great success by his wife. Rumpole has had a few triumphs, and the Penge Bungalow murders are often on his mind. Rumpole shares Chambers at Number 3, Equity Court, with a mixed group of barrister colleagues, including Guthrie Featherstone and Phyllida Trant.
Last Episode07x06 Rumpole on Trial Aired: Dec. 03, 1992
Rumpole faces a disciplinary hearing when he purportedly goes too far in court and Hilda engages Ballard to defend him. Source: www.TVRage.c …
Series Fun Facts
- Rumpole has a penchant for giving literary or historical nicknames to friends and foes. His wife Hilda's moniker, "She Who Must Be Obeyed," was originally applied to the title character of H.…
[show]Rumpole has a penchant for giving literary or historical nicknames to friends and foes. His wife Hilda's moniker, "She Who Must Be Obeyed," was originally applied to the title character of H. Rider Haggard's novel "She," while Phyllida Trant Erskine-Brown's nickname, "Portia," is from William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice." Samuel Ballard is dubbed "Soapy Sam" after 'Bishop Samuel Wilberforce' (1805-73), now best remembered for debating Thomas Huxley over Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, but regarded in his own time as rather a slick operator. And he refers to Judge Graves as the "whited sepulchre" - a Biblical allusion (Matthew 27).
- Originally, author John Mortimer had Alastair Sim in mind to play Rumpole - until he found out Sim was dead.
- David Yelland played Rumpole's 17 year old son Nick in the first episode, despite being 31 at the time.