Type
Scripted
Premiered
Apr. 03, 1978
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
UK
Network
ITV TV Network
Genre

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Rumpole of the Bailey (UK)

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.

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07x06 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 …

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The show had 7 seasons and 43 episodes air between 1978 and 1992.

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  • Originally, author John Mortimer had Alastair Sim in mind to play Rumpole - until he found out Sim was dead.
  • 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.…
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    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).
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