8.2/10
1,005
20 user 2 critic

Rumpole of the Bailey 

The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.
Reviews
Popularity
3,791 ( 83)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1992   1991   1988   1987   1983   1980   … See all »
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

To the Manor Born (1979–2007)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Audrey fforbes-Hamilton is sad when her husband dies but is shocked when she realises that she has to leave Grantleigh Manor where her family has lived forever. The new owner is Richard De ... See full summary »

Stars: Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles, Angela Thorne
Danger UXB (1979)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Brian Ash is a young lieutenant who is assigned to a UXB unit in the early days of World War II. UXB (UneXploded Bomb) is the signal that an aerial bomb has not exploded. Ash's job is to ... See full summary »

Stars: Anthony Andrews, Maurice Roëves, George Innes
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A dramatization of the missions and adventures of the greatest spy in British history.

Stars: Sam Neill, Michael Bryant, Norman Rodway
Murphy's Law (2003–2007)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

As a maverick cop with a dark past, DS Tommy Murphy fails a psychiatric assessment but is given one last chance by his boss and given a dangerous undercover assignment.

Stars: James Nesbitt, Del Synnott, Claudia Harrison
It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974–1981)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The comic adventures of a group of misfits who form an extremely bad concert party touring the hot and steamy jungles of Burma entertaining the troops during World War II.

Stars: Windsor Davies, Melvyn Hayes, Donald Hewlett
Good Neighbors (1975–1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The perils of "escaping the rat race" and dropping out of society - to start a farm in Surbiton (and to drive Margo nuts).

Stars: Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal, Penelope Keith
Callan (1967–1972)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Greg Callan's cousin David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and ... See full summary »

Stars: Edward Woodward, Russell Hunter, Lisa Langdon
Bless This House (1971–1976)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bless This House centres on life in Birch Avenue, Putney, where travelling stationery salesman Sid Abbott (Sidney James) and his wife Jean (Diana Coupland) live with their teenagers: Mike (... See full summary »

Stars: Sidney James, Diana Coupland, Robin Stewart
Touching Evil (1997–1999)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Touching Evil is a crime drama following the exploits of a crack squad on the Organised & Serial Crime Unit, a rapid response police force that serves the entire county.

Stars: Robson Green, Nicola Walker, Shaun Dingwall
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Faced with two false confessions and numerous suspects after a despised civil magistrate is found shot in the local vicarage, Detective Inspector Slack reluctantly accepts help from Miss Marple.

Director: Julian Amyes
Stars: Joan Hickson, Paul Eddington, Cheryl Campbell
The Detective (1954)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Works of art are disappearing, stolen by a master thief, a master of disguise. Father Brown has two goals: to catch the thief and to save his soul.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Peter Finch
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The Morecambe and Wise Show was a comedy sketch show originally broadcast by BBC television and the third TV series by English comedy double-act Morecambe and Wise.

Stars: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Frank Coda
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Leo McKern ...  Horace Rumpole 43 episodes, 1978-1992
Jonathan Coy ...  Henry 38 episodes, 1978-1992
Julian Curry Julian Curry ...  Claude Erskine-Brown / ... 36 episodes, 1978-1992
Marion Mathie Marion Mathie ...  Hilda Rumpole 24 episodes, 1987-1992
Richard Murdoch Richard Murdoch ...  Uncle Tom 24 episodes, 1978-1991
Maureen Darbyshire Maureen Darbyshire ...  Dianne / ... 24 episodes, 1978-1991
Peter Blythe ...  Samuel Ballard Q.C. / ... 22 episodes, 1983-1992
Edit

Storyline

Horace Rumpole is an "Old Bailey Hack," one of the underpaid barristers who ply the courtrooms of the Old Bailey, London's criminal court. Rumpole refused to handle most suits and will never prosecute. He always defends. Each of his trials has both a victory and a defeat in them, his clients who are acquitted often angrier than those who are found guilty. There is always at least one and often two subplots. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rumpole von Old Bailey See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Thames Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

David Yelland played Rumpole's 17 year old son Nick in the first episode, despite being 31 at the time. See more »

Quotes

Horace Rumpole: An Englishman's gin bottle is his castle!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Comedy Connections: To the Manor Born (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Delightful series from the UK...
19 July 2002 | by quampSee all my reviews

I think everyone can identify with the lead character Horace Rumpole. That's because he's a crafty, witty barrister surrounded by a bunch of stuffed shirts and idiots. There's Claude Erskine-Brown, the close confidant of Rumpole's who seems to stumble from one disaster to another; Phylida "Portia" Erskine-Brown, Claude's wife and about a third of his source of problems; Judge Gutherie Featherstone, a rather hapless man who gets caught up in a sex scandal right as he's trying to decide on a case in that matter; junior clark Liz Probert, played wonderfully by Leo's daughter Abigail McKern; the hapless Timson clan, who Rumpole constantly rescues from trouble despite their antics, and most of all, we should not forget "She who must be obeyed" - Hilda Rumpole. The cast was a superb choice and the writing was excellent. What was sad about this series is its ending - it's the kind of thing you don't want to end.


18 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed