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An immensely popular series broadcast on PBS from 1978 to 1992, RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY set a new bar for all courtroom dramas to come. Balancing suspense and satire as deftly as the scale of justice, Horace Rumpole tirelessly defends the downtrodden while undressing the upper classes. A timeless mixture of comedy and drama, RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY was one of television's most celebrated courtroom dramas. Flawlessly adapted by John Mortimer from his best-selling Edgar Award-winning novels, and starring the esteemed Leo McKern (A Man for All Seasons), this 14-disc DVD Megaset includes all 42 episodes from the seven seasons of RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY. DVD 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
Before there was Quincy and The Practice, there was Rumpole. Rumpole of the Bailey is, quite simply, one of the finest television series, and it has served as a model for all law dramas that followed it. Edgy and satirical, Rumpole is based on John Mortimer's books of the same name. A determined and committed criminal defense barrister (whose clients have included three generations of the Timson family, among others) at the Old Bailey (criminal court), esteemed actor Leo McKern portrays the antihero Rumpole. As champion of the downtrodden, the self-righteous Rumpole loves to get in trouble with his wife Hilda, his peers, the head of chambers, and judges, to name but a few. A connoisseur of Wordsworth, cigars, and cheap liquor, McKern's usually disheveled Rumpole belies the character's dry sense of humor and astute skill as a barrister. The upwardly mobile Hilda is played by Peggy Thorpe-Bates, known for her Miss Toliver in Alcatraz Island, and Justice Sir Guthrie Fetherston is played by Peter Bowles, known for his Richard DeVere in TV's To the Manor Born.
Typical of British drama, production values are low while the caliber of scriptwriting and acting is unsurpassed. Rumpole is a rare example of a television serial that is as appealing and engaging on its 10th viewing as it was on its first. A&E's 14-disc megaset includes all 42 episodes from the series' seven seasons, plus the 1982 two-hour special Rumpole's Return, introductions by and an interview with John Mortimer, and other bonus material. --Erik Macki
The use of slang and the accents make it hard for a me to catch all the dialogue so I use the closed captioning for all the British tv shows I watch. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Lee
Leo McKern does the perfect portrayal of Horace Rumpole. I personally can’t imagine anyone else playing Rumpole with the same effect and energy that McKern does. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Malbus
Very poor audio quality. Distorted aspect ratio. Almost bootleg quality!Published 13 days ago by LAbob
I cannot understand how ANY DVDs these days lack subtitles. I am hard of hearing. If it had subtitles I would buy it, but NOT now!Published 14 days ago by Jack Spratt
Great collection, and excellent writing and acting. Well worth keeping forever.Published 17 days ago by Max T. Nigh
This is the original Rumpole series with Leo McKern. It is an absolute delight. Buy this series and watch the episodes over and over again. The acting is superb. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jonathan Lewin
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|Difference between Megaset and season sets||
From what I have seen, these are slim cases of the discs that were in the season sets. Nothing added or deleted from the discs as originally released.
Feb 17, 2008 by Eric Pregosin | See all 2 posts
Sadly, no subbies and no closed captions for the hearing impaired.
Feb 17, 2008 by Eric Pregosin | See all 39 posts
|CC thru tv ?||
It looks like you posted this quite a while ago and never received any input. I don't know whether or not you've figure it out since then but thought I'd let you know what I've discovered.
Basically, with the new DVD players and the new flat screen TVs CC is impossible. CC only worked using the... Read More
Oct 13, 2010 by Amazon Customer | See all 4 posts