Rumpole of the Bailey Megaset

Rumpole of the Bailey Megaset

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Cast: Leo McKern

     
 

Novelist John Mortimer drew deeply from his memories as the son of a divorce lawyer and his own four-decade career as Queen's Council to create the delightful British legal drama series, Rumpole of the Bailey. Leo McKern starred as Horace Rumpole, a disheveled, irreverent barrister working out of Number 3, Equity Court in London's Old Bailey. An unreconstructedSee more details below

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Novelist John Mortimer drew deeply from his memories as the son of a divorce lawyer and his own four-decade career as Queen's Council to create the delightful British legal drama series, Rumpole of the Bailey. Leo McKern starred as Horace Rumpole, a disheveled, irreverent barrister working out of Number 3, Equity Court in London's Old Bailey. An unreconstructed liberal and tireless champion of the underdog, Rumpole specialized in hot-potato cases that most other lawyers wouldn't touch, numbering among his clients several two-bit criminals, political radicals, pornographers and other such controversial characters. Once in the courtroom, the highly theatrical Rumpole bowed to no one, confronting and confounding the prosecution and the judges with his iconoclastic approach to jurisprudence and his long-winded quotations from "The Oxford Book of English Verse." The principal enemy in Rumpole's life was terminal pomposity on the part of his colleagues--or, as he preferred to call it, "judge-itis." In the privacy of his home, Rumpole enjoyed good food and at least one bottle of red wine per day. What he did not enjoy was the incessant badgering of his wife Hilda (played first by Peggy Bates-Thorpe, then by Marion Mathie), otherwise known as "She Who Must Be Obeyed." The daughter of a celebrated Head of Chambers, Hilda demanded that Rumpole at least try to curry enough favor to follow in her father's footsteps, and was sore annoyed when the likes of dithery Guthrie Featherstone (Peter Bowles) and self-absorbed Samuel Ballard (Peter Blythe) were appointed Head of Chambers instead. Others in the case included Patricia Hodge as Rumpole's fellow barrister Phyllida Trant, a feisty feminist who for reasons that defied logic (at least so far as Rumpole was concerned) settled for a conventional marriage to her dull colleague Claude Erskine-Brown, played byJulian Curry; Moray Watson as George Frobisher, Rumpole's best friend; Rosalind Landor and Abigail McKern (the star's daughter), respectively cast as Rumpole's idealistic students Fiona Allways and Liz Probert; and a variety of grouchy, gimlet-eyed judges, including Justices Bullingham (Bill Fraser) and Graves (Robin Bailey). The weekly, hour-long Rumpole of the Bailey was launched over the BBC on December 3, 1975 as a one-shot presentation on the "Play for Today" drama anthology. The series proper ran from April 3 1978 to December 3, 1992 (save for a few lengthy hiatuses) on the rival ITV1 network. In America, Rumpole of the Bailey was added to the PBS anthology Mystery beginning February 12, 1980.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
The TV courtroom classic Rumpole of the Bailey debuted on Thames Television in 1978 before crossing the Pond and showing up on Mystery!, where its considerable charms made it a PBS favorite. Leo McKern portrays Horace Rumpole, the gruff yet lovable British defense barrister from the John Mortimer novels, who is constantly butting heads with and ruffling the feathers of the criminal court’s stuffy officials. Using a wry sense of humor, Rumpole often makes fun of his colleagues, such Old Bailey denizens as the pompous barrister Claude Erskine-Brown (Julian Curry) and the blustering Justice Bullingham (Bill Fraser). Rumpole is fond of taking on clients accused of heinous crimes, from attempted rape to murder. But he also has a habit of championing those he thinks aren't getting a fair shake: a porn publisher, a father suspected of devil worship, and a man accused of inciting a riot using racist speech. Though a brilliant lawyer, Rumpole chooses to remain true to his morals rather than taking the easy road to the top, like many of his fellow barristers. Unfortunately, this doesn't always suit his socially prominent wife, Hilda, (Peggy Thorpe-Bates), whom Rumpole refers to as "She Who Must Be Obeyed." Quick-witted dialogue is a series trademark, as are the social issues that Rumpole comments on. This Set 1 collection contains all 12 episodes from Series 1 and 2: "Rumpole and the Younger Generation"; "Rumpole and the Alternative Society"; "Rumpole and the Honourable Member"; "Rumpole and the Married Lady"; "Rumpole and the Learned Friends"; "Rumpole and the Heavy Brigade"; "Rumpole and the Man of God"; "Rumpole and the Case of Identity"; "Rumpole and the Show Folk"; "Rumpole and the Fascist Beast"; "Rumpole and the Course of True Love"; and "Rumpole and the Age of Retirement." The set also includes the movie-length special "Rumpole's Return."
Barnes & Noble
The acerbic, quick-witted barrister Rumpole (Leo McKern) returns to once again fight the archaic system of the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court. Rumpole is described by his creator, barrister-turned-novelist John Mortimer, as a "freelance freedom fighter" who tries to counteract the stuffy officials of the courts. Using a wry sense of humor, Rumpole often makes fun of his colleagues, such Old Bailey denizens as the pompous barrister Claude Erskine-Brown (Julian Curry) and the blustering Justice Bullingham (Bill Fraser). Choosing to stay true to his morals rather than take the easy way to the top, the grumbling, blustery Rumpole is fond of taking on almost impossible cases in defense of the little guy. This leads to friction with his wife, social climber Hilda (Marion Mathie), affectionately referred to as She Who Must Be Obeyed. This Rumpole set collects episodes from Series 5-7 of the show, airing from November 1988 to December 1992, which include: "Rumpole and the Bubble Reputation"; "Rumpole and the Barrow Boy"; "Rumpole and the Age of Miracles"; "Rumpole and the Tap End"; "Rumpole and Portia"; "Rumpole and the Quality of Life"; "Rumpole à la Carte"; "Rumpole and the Summer of Discontent"; "Rumpole and the Right to Silence"; "Rumpole at Sea"; "Rumpole and the Quacks"; "Rumpole for the Prosecution"; "Rumpole and the Children of the Devil"; "Rumpole and the Miscarriage of Justice"; "Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle"; "Rumpole and the Reform of Joby Jonson"; "Rumpole and the Family Pride"; and "Rumpole On Trial."

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2006
UPC:
0733961746242
Rating:
NR
Source:
A&E Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
35:00:00

Special Features

Feature-length bonus movie Rumpole's Return; Mortimer's Musings - An interview with John Mortimer; McKern's Memories with actress Abigail Mckern (Daughter of Leo McKern); Episode introductions with John Mortimer; Spot the Barrister highlighting John Mortimer's impromptu appearances; Newspaper evidence; John Mortimer biography; John Mortimer Bibliography and selected credits; About the Old Bailey; Official executioners of Newgate Prison; Interactive menus; Scene selection

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leo McKern Actor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series - Set 1, Vol. 1
1. Introduction [1:11]
2. Old Bailey Hack [8:11]
3. Points of Law [9:58]
4. Judge Teasing [10:06]
5. Older Soldier [11:42]
6. Head of Chambers [7:19]
1. Introduction [:58]
2. Neck of the Woods [10:33]
3. Glamour Boys [7:33]
4. Fancy Dress [9:12]
5. Etiquette of the Bar [10:43]
6. Full Benefits [6:20]
1. Introduction [1:06]
2. Firsthand Account [4:29]
3. Moral Welfare [2:55]
4. Confessional [10:55]
5. Useful Persistence [9:53]
6. Counting Change [8:09]
1. Introduction [1:02]
2. Office Mates [7:03]
3. Personal Strife [10:17]
4. Raised Suspicion [9:06]
5. A Fight to the End [8:59]
6. Living Apart [9:20]
Disc #2 -- Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series - Set 1, Vol. 2
1. Introduction [1:16]
2. Client Privileges [7:40]
3. Vital Information [9:49]
4. The Old Bailey [6:28]
5. Perfect Alibi [8:31]
6. Setting the Tone [9:52]
1. Introduction [1:13]
2. In Anticipation [9:53]
3. Charming Words [8:23]
4. Past Perjury [8:56]
5. Puzzle Pieces [:04]
6. Destined to Lose [9:31]
1. Introduction [2:05]
2. Friendly Advice [11:20]
3. Self Sacrifice [8:08]
4. Shot in the Dark [7:02]
5. Pray for a Miracle [10:00]
6. Saying Goodbye [5:12]
Disc #3 -- Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series - Set 1, Vol. 3
1. Introduction [1:13]
2. Finger on the Pulse [8:23]
3. Under Questioning [8:56]
4. Vengeful Spouse [8:35]
5. Having it Off [7:15]
6. Falling Apart [10:00]
1. Introduction [1:07]
2. Scene of the Crime [10:03]
3. A Hard Day's Work [8:57]
4. Licensed to Kill [4:58]
5. First Impression [3:05]
6. The Show Must Go On [9:06]
1. Introduction [1:54]
2. Taking Notes [7:22]
3. Social Engagements [10:03]
4. Painful Memories [6:28]
5. Growing Eloquence [10:01]
6. Bigger Fish to Fry [8:49]
Disc #4 -- Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series - Set 1, Vol. 4
1. Introduction [1:27]
2. Insatiable Appetite [6:39]
3. Consequences of Love [8:27]
4. Utmost Respectability [11:29]
5. Cruel Jokes [9:45]
6. Cast As a Fool [7:18]
1. Introduction [:56]
2. Under Suspicion [6:23]
3. Involuntary Statement [9:33]
4. Family Squabble [10:00]
5. Diabolical Scheme [8:57]
6. Lives in Chambers [5:08]
1. Considerable Gap [7:19]
2. Farewell London [8:36]
3. Dead in the Water [8:37]
4. Coming Home [7:12]
5. Squatter's Retreat [7:54]
6. Schoolgirl Capers [7:19]
7. Unmitigated Rubbish [9:59]
8. Feeling Sentimental [8:38]
9. Sunshine State [9:16]
10. Just the Facts [11:23]
11. It's in the Blood [9:51]
12. No Followers [7:10]
Disc #5 -- Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series - Set 2, Vol. 1
1. Introduction [1:05]
2. Proper Manners [7:33]
3. My Lordship [10:57]
4. Out of Pocket [12:01]
5. Late for Dinner [6:44]
6. Odd Fellow [3:42]
1. Introduction [1:11]
2. Law on the Road [8:01]
3. Primitive Remarks [7:45]
4. Tribal Tradition [8:36]
5. Involuntary Martyr [:48]
6. Reasonable Doubt [6:44]
1. Introduction [1:09]
2. Women of Position [7:39]
3. Respectable Figures [7:31]
4. Quoted Scriptures [8:51]
5. Order in the Court [9:41]
6. Matters of Opinion [7:29]
Disc #6 -- Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series - Set 2, Vol. 2
1. Introduction [1:06]
2. Calming the Storm [8:05]
3. A Friendly Warning [9:06]
4. Improper Proposal [10:57]
5. Puzzled Pieces [10:09]
6. Modest Pride [5:41]
1. Introduction [1:17]
2. Fine Lodgings [8:26]
3. Sheltered Life [7:39]
4. A Distressing Case [8:49]
5. Arguable Vanity [1:19]
6. Expected Company [5:15]
1. Introduction [:53]
2. The Name of the Game [7:50]
3. Collecting Debts [8:15]
4. Delayed System [8:26]
5. Informed Men [7:18]
6. In His Absence [11:24]
Disc #7 -- Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series - Set 2, Vol. 3
1. Introduction [1:21]
2. Heavy Traffic [8:46]
3. Historic Law [6:49]
4. Prosecuting Council [8:22]
5. Rubbing Elbows [9:27]
6. Relevant Actions [7:28]
1. Introduction [2:17]
2. Career Advice [7:06]
3. Distinguished Tastes [7:54]
4. Snowballs in Hell [8:36]
5. The Rising Tide [2:00]
6. Occupational Hazards [6:26]
1. Introduction [1:41]
2. Invitation Only [7:40]
3. Peculiar Interest [8:52]
4. Pleasurable Company [7:29]
5. Peaceful Place [10:59]
6. Culture in Society [7:54]
Disc #8 -- Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series - Set 2, Vol. 4
1. Introduction [1:29]
2. Immoral Earnings [7:02]
3. Tactful Defense [9:24]
4. Hearing the Charges [7:05]
5. Genuine Health [9:06]
6. Paid in Full [12:53]
1. Introduction [2:15]
2. For the Regiment [8:14]
3. Lack of Evidence [8:04]
4. Vital Answer [9:28]
5. The Time of Death [6:23]
6. Outright Obedience [2:21]
1. Introduction [:45]
2. Insider Info [7:06]
3. Fleeting Visit [7:43]
4. Distant Dreams [7:18]
5. At the Races [9:07]
6. Last Good Deed [9:55]
Disc #9 -- Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series - Set 3, Vol. 1
1. Introduction [:52]
2. Scene of the Crime [:26]
3. In the Care of Others [18:32]
4. Jewel of My Soul [8:30]
5. Blinding Flashes [11:46]
6. Groveling Apology [7:52]
1. Introduction [1:05]
2. Walls of Silence [:33]
3. Murdered Sleep [14:21]
4. Lady Baroness [7:15]
5. Insider Dealing [5:05]
6. Elevated Circles [3:26]
1. Introduction [:57]
2. News of the World [:32]
3. The Faithful Few [18:32]
4. Passing Judgment [7:45]
5. Openhanded Spymaster [6:39]
6. Divine Guidance [7:12]
Disc #10 -- Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series - Set 3, Vol. 2
1. Introduction [2:16]
2. Equal in God's Eyes [:26]
3. Justice for the Future [13:45]
4. Potted Plants [12:12]
5. Absolutely Ruthless [7:44]
6. Crossing My Mind [6:59]
1. Introduction [1:05]
2. The Call of Africa [:30]
3. Sitting in Judgment [19:52]
4. Too Pretty to Be a Judge [3:16]
5. Great Gimmick [7:00]
6. In Memoriam [7:42]
1. Introduction [:57]
2. Client and Customer [:32]
3. Sneaking a Treat [13:57]
4. Deadly Exercise [6:38]
5. Weaning Talent [10:19]
6. A Mother Always Knows [6:00]
Disc #11 -- Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series - Set 3, Vol. 3
1. Introduction [:50]
2. Next to Godliness [:25]
3. Agitating the Law [17:22]
4. Married Men [6:00]
5. Never a Friend [8:01]
6. Concerned With Justice [9:22]
1. Introduction [1:25]
2. Turning the Hand [:23]
3. Courtroom Admiration [14:29]
4. Ball and Chain [8:33]
5. Cowboy Labor [6:52]
6. Flying Witness [:12]
1. Introduction [:44]
2. Keeping Silent [:25]
3. Rules of the House [15:18]
4. Miracle Worker [8:13]
5. Power and Influence [8:01]
6. Impossible Defense [8:04]
Disc #12 -- Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series - Set 3, Vol. 4
1. Introduction [1:23]
2. The Greatest Mystery [:23]
3. Absence of Body [16:33]
4. My Little Sister [7:37]
5. Questioning the Past [8:14]
6. Out of Hiding [8:07]
1. Introduction [1:00]
2. Escort Service [:25]
3. Country Walks [21:04]
4. Quack in Charge [6:33]
5. Competent Doctors [1:50]
6. Proper Gentlemen [4:44]
1. Introduction [1:29]
2. The Lost Leader [:25]
3. A Cry for Help [16:34]
4. Useful Admission [9:38]
5. Family Feelings [8:12]
6. Memorable Victory [8:14]
Disc #13 -- Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series - Set 3, Vol. 5
1. Introduction [1:26]
2. Hardened Criminal [:24]
3. Sunday Service [14:03]
4. Dance Lessons [8:23]
5. Legal Quibbles [6:23]
6. Family of Villains [8:00]
1. Introduction [:59]
2. Bit of a Bop [:25]
3. Gossiping Gentleman [16:58]
4. Deceiver of the Court [7:52]
5. Purely Private Matter [:11]
6. Telling the Truth [7:24]
1. Introduction [:58]
2. Beyond My Years [:24]
3. The Fast Lane [14:48]
4. Urges in the Office [7:28]
5. Common Sense [9:54]
6. Offensive Defense [5:17]
Disc #14 -- Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series - Set 3, Vol. 6
1. Introduction [1:35]
2. Making a Statement [:26]
3. The Hour of Decision [14:22]
4. Wrapped in Silk [6:13]
5. Confession Time [9:35]
6. Precious Ornament [12:27]
1. Introduction [1:00]
2. The Long Light [:26]
3. Murder on the Mind [13:26]
4. Biblical Sense [9:20]
5. Mysteries of Death [6:52]
6. Fear of Heritage [6:46]
1. Introduction [1:14]
2. Breaking Rules [:24]
3. Par for the Course [15:09]
4. Head of Chambers [7:01]
5. Unilateral Apology [8:00]
6. Pausing to Breathe [12:47]

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