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Rumpole of the Bailey Set 1 - Seasons 1 & 2

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Leo McKern plays the rumpled but highly effective criminal defense attorney Horace Rumpole in this collection of episodes from the acclaimed British television series Rumpole of the Bailey, based on the series of best-selling books by John Mortimer. Rumpole of the Bailey, Set One - The Complete Seasons 1 and 2 features all 14 episodes from the show's two years, including the pilot episode, "Rumpole and the Younger Generation, "Rumpole and the Alternative Society, "Rumpole and the Honourable Member, "Rumpole and ...
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Overview

Leo McKern plays the rumpled but highly effective criminal defense attorney Horace Rumpole in this collection of episodes from the acclaimed British television series Rumpole of the Bailey, based on the series of best-selling books by John Mortimer. Rumpole of the Bailey, Set One - The Complete Seasons 1 and 2 features all 14 episodes from the show's two years, including the pilot episode, "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, "Rumpole and the Age for Retirement, and "Rumpole's Return."
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Special Features

Episode introductions with John Mortimer; Feature-length bonus movie Rumpole's Return; John Mortimer biography; John Mortimer bibliography and selected credits; About The Old Bailey; Official executioners of Newgate Prison; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/28/2004
  • UPC: 733961716597
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  • Source: A&E Home Video
  • Time: 10:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,161

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leo McKern Horace Rumpole
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Rumpole of the Bailey, Disc 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]
Side #2 -- Rumpole of the Bailey, Disc 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]
Side #3 -- Rumpole of the Bailey, Disc 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]
Side #4 -- Rumpole of the Bailey, Disc 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]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Rumpole of the Bailey, Disc 1
   Play All
   Rumpole and the Younger Generation
      Play Program
   Rumpole and the Alternative Society
      Play Program
   Rumpole and the Honourable Member
      Play Program
   Rumpole and the Married Lady
      Play Program
Side #2 -- Rumpole of the Bailey, Disc 2
   Play All
   Rumpole and the Learned Friends
      Play Program
   Rumpole and the Heavy Brigade
      Play Program
   Rumpole and the Man of God
      Play Program
Side #3 -- Rumpole of the Bailey, Disc 3
   Play All
   Rumpole and the Case of Identity
      Play Program
   Rumpole and the Show Folk
      Play Program
   Rumpole and the Fascist Beast
      Play Program
Side #4 -- Rumpole of the Bailey, Disc 4
   Play All
   Rumpole and the Course of True Love
      Play Program
   Rumpole and the Age for Retirement
      Play Program
   Bonus Features
      Rumpole's Return
         Play Program
      John Mortimer Biography
      Selected Bibliography and Credits
      About the Old Bailey
      Official Executioners of Newgate Prison
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rumpole Seasons 1 & 2

    Good acting and story line but eposides could be used to describe and show how the British trial system works, showing the differences between the American and British systems.

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