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Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series Megaset
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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
- Feature length bonus movie Rumpole's Return
- Mortimer's Musing - An interview with John Mortimer
- McKeon's Memories with actress Abigail McKern (daughter of Leo McKern)
- Episode introductions with John Mortimer
- Spot on 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
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Leo McKern, a well-known British character actor perhaps most famous internationally for 'A Man for All Seasons' and 'Shoes of the Fisherman', found this great role late in life, and became the quintessential image for Rumpole. He performed the role through all the episodes (presented in the UK originally starting in 1978, and continuing with a few gaps through 1992, and presented in the USA via the PBS Mystery series approximately the same time), joined by two different actresses portraying Hilda Rumpole (Peggy Thorpe-Bates and Marion Mathie), affectionately referred to as 'She Who Must Be Obeyed'. Rumpole's mannerisms and penchant for the less genteel things in life are done by McKern in a perfect contrast to the others in Chambers, be they Guthrie Featherstone (played by Peter Bowles as an upper-middle, Conservative-Labour MP QC) or 'Soapy Sam' Ballard (Peter Blythe), Claude Erskine-Brown (Julian Curry) or Phyllida Erskine-Brown ne Trant (Patricia Hodge).
There are set pieces about these episodes, but they are far from formulaic. Unlike some American counterparts with which one might hazard a comparison, Rumpole does not always win the case, although he almost always solves the mystery.Read more ›
I don't know why Amazon doesn't list Leo Mckern as the principle actor - don't worry, this is the version you think it is.
Each episode is introduced by the author of the books, John Mortimer.
With all 42 episodes at about 50 min each, I think it is a pretty good value.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rumpole of the Bailey is probably the single GREATEST BBC series of all time!!!! Leo McKern is truly an amazing foil in this series with a supporting cast that goes above and... Read morePublished 7 days ago by J. Mutnick
Would be perfect if it had subtitles , language it was made in is the mangled form of English they speak (often mumble) in England , not that easily understood in the U.S. Read morePublished 17 days ago by fred
Excellent value for the price. Have been a long-time fan of Rumpole (late Leo McKearn) and his entourage in these superbly written and acted episodes that make me smile and laugh... Read morePublished 1 month ago by KDE
What a collection of thoroughly entertaining stories. Excellent acting by all actors, all familiar faces of British productions.Published 1 month ago by J. Wood
Awesome. If you're not familiar with Leo McKern as Horace Rumpole, this set should be a real feast of a treat for you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dwight M. Collins
A reliable entertainment. A personal friend from the past, that has as much enjoyment now as when I first watched them.Published 2 months ago by Rat-Paul
I love Rumpole of the Bailey. Its a classic. Well written, great story lines and you will try to figure out how Rumpole will get his client off. Read morePublished 2 months ago by robert franson
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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
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