Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series Megaset [14 Discs] [DVD]

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Special Features

  • Feature-length bonus movie rumpole's return
  • Mortimer's musings- an interview with John Mortimer
  • Mckern's memories with actress Abigail Mckern 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


The fifth season of the iconoclastic British legal series Rumpole of the Bailey delivers six fresh new episodes, originally telecast over ITV1 from November 23 through December 28, 1988. In the opening episode "Rumpole and the Bubble Reputation" it is a libel case that keeps the irascible barrister Horace Rumpole (Leo McKern) busy, to say nothing of a rather embarrassing rift between his married colleagues Phyllida (Patricia Hodge) and Claude (Julian Curry). In "Rumpole and the Barrow Boy", a supposedly reformed member of the redoubtable Timson criminal family calls upon Rumpole to defend him from charges of insider trading, In "Rumpole and the Age of Miracles", the client is our hero's own nephew, a clergyman. The Timsons again invade Rumpole's sanctitutude in "Rumpole and the Tap End", which also finds Rumpole's domineering wife Hilda (Marion Mathie) seriously considering a return to her own legal career. In "Rumpole and Portia", Rumpole must plead his case before Phyllida, the Old Bailey's newly appointed recorder. The season closes with "Rumpole and the Quality of Life", wherin a case of mercy killing dominates the proceedings. ~ Hal Erickson

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