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Rumpole of the Bailey - 1st & 2nd Seasons (1978)

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Studio: HBO Home Video
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Courtroom, British Drama, Courtroom, UK, Courtroom
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Rumpole of the Bailey - 1st & 2nd Seasons (Disc 1 of 4) (1978)
Part lawyer, part detective, Horace Rumpole is one of the most colorful characters ever to approach the bench. With his brilliant mind and sly sense of humor, Rumpole's adventures behind the scenes and center stage in the British legal system are a delightful mix of comedy, mystery and courtroom drama. Justice has never been served with such style and wit. Now, for the first time and exclusively for this DVD collection, the acclaimed and much beloved PBS Masterpiece Theater series "Rumpole of the Bailey" has been brought together in its original sequence of stories. The ebb and flow of Rumpole's career, his relationship with "she who must be obeyed," the politics of "Chambers," and the cases themselves - from shoplifting vicars and philandering actors to tongue-tied husbands and improper English teachers - can all be enjoyed as they were first meant to be in the series the Wall Street Journal called "uproarious!" BONUS PROGRAM: The feature-length "Rumpole's Return" in which a retired Rumpole returns to uncover the mystery of a murdered Lord, a question of blood and their link to the mysterious "Children of the Sun." --- DISC 1 - SEASON 1 RUMPOLE AND THE YOUNGER GENERATION Director Herbert Wise Young Jim Timson has been accused of robbery with violence - and his only alibi lies with a son of the Malloy family with whom the Timson's have a long-standing feud. RUMPOLE AND THE ALTERNATIVE SOCIETY Director Herbert Wise Rumpole finds himself on a commune called Nirvana in the West Country. He's there to defend a young girl accused of buying drugs from a policeman posing as a dealer. RUMPOLE AND THE HONORABLE MEMBER Director Graham Evans A local politician stands accused of rape - a charge he denies - admitting only to consensual sex with a fellow party worker. RUMPOLE AND THE MARRIED LADY Director Graham Evans "She who must be obeyed" believes that Rumpole has taken a mistress when he defends Mrs Thripp in a divorce action against her husband. DISC 2 - SEASON 1 continued RUMPOLE AND THE LEARNED FRIENDS Director Graham Evans Rumpole has been called upon to assist in the defense of a safe blower who may have been 'set up' by Inspector "Dirty" Dickerson. RUMPOLE AND THE HEAVY BRIGADE Director Herbert Wise Regardless of his tatty hat, which has been the subject of idle gossip in chambers, Rumpole has been called to the Old Bailey to defend a murderer. DISC 2 - SEASON 2 RUMPOLE AND THE MAN OF GOD Director Brian Farnham Rumpole is engaged in defending a vicar from a shoplifting charge, but the vicar will take neither the stand nor the oath in his own defense. RUMPOLE AND THE CASE OF IDENTITY Director Derek Bennett Christmas is coming - along with a complicated case of mistaken identity. And what is going on behind closed doors between the Head of Chambers and his new secretary Angela? DISC 3 - SEASON 2 continued RUMPOLE AND THE SHOW FOLK Director Peter Hammond It's an actor's life for Rumpole as he finds himself center stage in the case of an actress accused of murdering her philandering actor husband. RUMPOLE AND THE FASCIST BEAST Director Robert Knights Captain Rex Parkin, an avowed fascist, has been accused of inciting a crowd to racial violence and, to the surprise of many, Rumpole is eager to take the case in his defense RUMPOLE AND THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE Director Brian Farnham When a young English teacher finds himself accused of improper relations with one of his pupils, Rumpole rises to his defense, though intimate letters point a finger of guilt RUMPOLE AND THE AGE FOR RETIREMENT Director Donald McWhinnie Can retirement be just around the corner for Rumpole? And how did a14th century painting of Christ end up in Percy Timson's garage? DISC 4 - RUMPOLE'S RETURN Horace Rumpole has been persuaded to retire with "she who must be obeyed" to Florida. But when Rumpole hears tell of a murder case in London - the stabbing death on a subway platform of the Honorable Lord Rory Canter by an innocuous accountant - something stirs in the sleeping legal giant. So it's off in the dead of night to London and the old Chambers, where his unexpected arrival causes quite a stir.

Rumpole of the Bailey - 1st & 2nd Seasons (Disc 2 of 4) (1978)
Part lawyer, part detective, Horace Rumpole is one of the most colorful characters ever to approach the bench. With his brilliant mind and sly sense of humor, Rumpole's adventures behind the scenes and center stage in the British legal system are a delightful mix of comedy, mystery and courtroom drama. Justice has never been served with such style and wit. Now, for the first time and exclusively for this DVD collection, the acclaimed and much beloved PBS Masterpiece Theater series "Rumpole of the Bailey" has been brought together in its original sequence of stories. The ebb and flow of Rumpole's career, his relationship with "she who must be obeyed," the politics of "Chambers," and the cases themselves - from shoplifting vicars and philandering actors to tongue-tied husbands and improper English teachers - can all be enjoyed as they were first meant to be in the series the Wall Street Journal called "uproarious!" BONUS PROGRAM: The feature-length "Rumpole's Return" in which a retired Rumpole returns to uncover the mystery of a murdered Lord, a question of blood and their link to the mysterious "Children of the Sun." --- DISC 1 - SEASON 1 RUMPOLE AND THE YOUNGER GENERATION Director Herbert Wise Young Jim Timson has been accused of robbery with violence - and his only alibi lies with a son of the Malloy family with whom the Timson's have a long-standing feud. RUMPOLE AND THE ALTERNATIVE SOCIETY Director Herbert Wise Rumpole finds himself on a commune called Nirvana in the West Country. He's there to defend a young girl accused of buying drugs from a policeman posing as a dealer. RUMPOLE AND THE HONORABLE MEMBER Director Graham Evans A local politician stands accused of rape - a charge he denies - admitting only to consensual sex with a fellow party worker. RUMPOLE AND THE MARRIED LADY Director Graham Evans "She who must be obeyed" believes that Rumpole has taken a mistress when he defends Mrs Thripp in a divorce action against her husband. DISC 2 - SEASON 1 continued RUMPOLE AND THE LEARNED FRIENDS Director Graham Evans Rumpole has been called upon to assist in the defense of a safe blower who may have been 'set up' by Inspector "Dirty" Dickerson. RUMPOLE AND THE HEAVY BRIGADE Director Herbert Wise Regardless of his tatty hat, which has been the subject of idle gossip in chambers, Rumpole has been called to the Old Bailey to defend a murderer. DISC 2 - SEASON 2 RUMPOLE AND THE MAN OF GOD Director Brian Farnham Rumpole is engaged in defending a vicar from a shoplifting charge, but the vicar will take neither the stand nor the oath in his own defense. RUMPOLE AND THE CASE OF IDENTITY Director Derek Bennett Christmas is coming - along with a complicated case of mistaken identity. And what is going on behind closed doors between the Head of Chambers and his new secretary Angela? DISC 3 - SEASON 2 continued RUMPOLE AND THE SHOW FOLK Director Peter Hammond It's an actor's life for Rumpole as he finds himself center stage in the case of an actress accused of murdering her philandering actor husband. RUMPOLE AND THE FASCIST BEAST Director Robert Knights Captain Rex Parkin, an avowed fascist, has been accused of inciting a crowd to racial violence and, to the surprise of many, Rumpole is eager to take the case in his defense RUMPOLE AND THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE Director Brian Farnham When a young English teacher finds himself accused of improper relations with one of his pupils, Rumpole rises to his defense, though intimate letters point a finger of guilt RUMPOLE AND THE AGE FOR RETIREMENT Director Donald McWhinnie Can retirement be just around the corner for Rumpole? And how did a14th century painting of Christ end up in Percy Timson's garage? DISC 4 - RUMPOLE'S RETURN Horace Rumpole has been persuaded to retire with "she who must be obeyed" to Florida. But when Rumpole hears tell of a murder case in London - the stabbing death on a subway platform of the Honorable Lord Rory Canter by an innocuous accountant - something stirs in the sleeping legal giant. So it's off in the dead of night to London and the old Chambers, where his unexpected arrival causes quite a stir.

Rumpole of the Bailey - 1st & 2nd Seasons (Disc 3 of 4) (1978)
Part lawyer, part detective, Horace Rumpole is one of the most colorful characters ever to approach the bench. With his brilliant mind and sly sense of humor, Rumpole's adventures behind the scenes and center stage in the British legal system are a delightful mix of comedy, mystery and courtroom drama. Justice has never been served with such style and wit. Now, for the first time and exclusively for this DVD collection, the acclaimed and much beloved PBS Masterpiece Theater series "Rumpole of the Bailey" has been brought together in its original sequence of stories. The ebb and flow of Rumpole's career, his relationship with "she who must be obeyed," the politics of "Chambers," and the cases themselves - from shoplifting vicars and philandering actors to tongue-tied husbands and improper English teachers - can all be enjoyed as they were first meant to be in the series the Wall Street Journal called "uproarious!" BONUS PROGRAM: The feature-length "Rumpole's Return" in which a retired Rumpole returns to uncover the mystery of a murdered Lord, a question of blood and their link to the mysterious "Children of the Sun." --- DISC 1 - SEASON 1 RUMPOLE AND THE YOUNGER GENERATION Director Herbert Wise Young Jim Timson has been accused of robbery with violence - and his only alibi lies with a son of the Malloy family with whom the Timson's have a long-standing feud. RUMPOLE AND THE ALTERNATIVE SOCIETY Director Herbert Wise Rumpole finds himself on a commune called Nirvana in the West Country. He's there to defend a young girl accused of buying drugs from a policeman posing as a dealer. RUMPOLE AND THE HONORABLE MEMBER Director Graham Evans A local politician stands accused of rape - a charge he denies - admitting only to consensual sex with a fellow party worker. RUMPOLE AND THE MARRIED LADY Director Graham Evans "She who must be obeyed" believes that Rumpole has taken a mistress when he defends Mrs Thripp in a divorce action against her husband. DISC 2 - SEASON 1 continued RUMPOLE AND THE LEARNED FRIENDS Director Graham Evans Rumpole has been called upon to assist in the defense of a safe blower who may have been 'set up' by Inspector "Dirty" Dickerson. RUMPOLE AND THE HEAVY BRIGADE Director Herbert Wise Regardless of his tatty hat, which has been the subject of idle gossip in chambers, Rumpole has been called to the Old Bailey to defend a murderer. DISC 2 - SEASON 2 RUMPOLE AND THE MAN OF GOD Director Brian Farnham Rumpole is engaged in defending a vicar from a shoplifting charge, but the vicar will take neither the stand nor the oath in his own defense. RUMPOLE AND THE CASE OF IDENTITY Director Derek Bennett Christmas is coming - along with a complicated case of mistaken identity. And what is going on behind closed doors between the Head of Chambers and his new secretary Angela? DISC 3 - SEASON 2 continued RUMPOLE AND THE SHOW FOLK Director Peter Hammond It's an actor's life for Rumpole as he finds himself center stage in the case of an actress accused of murdering her philandering actor husband. RUMPOLE AND THE FASCIST BEAST Director Robert Knights Captain Rex Parkin, an avowed fascist, has been accused of inciting a crowd to racial violence and, to the surprise of many, Rumpole is eager to take the case in his defense RUMPOLE AND THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE Director Brian Farnham When a young English teacher finds himself accused of improper relations with one of his pupils, Rumpole rises to his defense, though intimate letters point a finger of guilt RUMPOLE AND THE AGE FOR RETIREMENT Director Donald McWhinnie Can retirement be just around the corner for Rumpole? And how did a14th century painting of Christ end up in Percy Timson's garage? DISC 4 - RUMPOLE'S RETURN Horace Rumpole has been persuaded to retire with "she who must be obeyed" to Florida. But when Rumpole hears tell of a murder case in London - the stabbing death on a subway platform of the Honorable Lord Rory Canter by an innocuous accountant - something stirs in the sleeping legal giant. So it's off in the dead of night to London and the old Chambers, where his unexpected arrival causes quite a stir.

Rumpole of the Bailey - 1st & 2nd Seasons (Disc 4 of 4) (1978)
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. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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