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Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series [Region 2]

Peter Bowles , Patricia Hodge , Donald McWhinnie , Roger Bamford  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Peter Bowles, Patricia Hodge, Neville Phillips, John Mortimer, Phyllida Law
  • Directors: Donald McWhinnie, Roger Bamford
  • Producers: Rumpole of the Bailey - The Complete Series - 15-DVD Box Set ( Rumpole Of The Bailey - Series 1-7 ), Rumpole of the Bailey - The Complete Series - 15-DVD Box Set, Rumpole Of The Bailey - Series 1-7
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 15
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Prism Leisure
  • Run Time: 2250.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004OBE624
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,184 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Box Set, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The popular TV series about an eccentric barrister, Horace Rumpole, who plays at being a part-time detective, dishing out his own brand of justice, and defending the 'little fellow'. All the while, smoking his ever-popular cigars and spouting Wordsworth. Contains all the episodes from series 1 to 7 and RUMPOLE'S RETURN. 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. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Edgar Allan Poe Awards, Emmy Awards, ...Rumpole of the Bailey - The Complete Series - 15-DVD Box Set ( Rumpole Of The Bailey - Series 1-7 )

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205 of 207 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Old Bailey Hack April 20, 2006
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'Rumpole of the Bailey' is one of my favourite book series, and is also one of my favourite television series of all time. Spanning well over a decade, Thames television produced over 40 episodes of the crusty old barrister's tales, penned both for book and screen by John Mortimer, who used to take delight in highlighting silliness in judicial judgements by putting those decisions into the guise of his own judges, perhaps most especially judge Bullingham.

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.
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Quality and a Good Value March 24, 2007
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Picture quality is good. Menu is fine and episodes seem to be organized in chronological order. Nothing about this collection surprised or disappointed me.

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.
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rumpole is Forever November 12, 2010
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You should not be fooled into thinking that Rumpole of the Bailey is some stick-in-the-mud, nose-in-the-air stodgy British import that winds up to be a crashing bore. It is, quite simply, one of the most engaging, funny, and (hold your nose, now) educational series ever seen on television. First, there is Leo McKern, one of the few personalities that I desperately wish I could have met before he died. (The two others I can think of right off are Burt Lancaster and Lord Kenneth Clark.) He has breathed life into John Mortimer's Rumpole such that, when you watch any of these extraordinarily crafted episodes, disbelief is totally suspended. Furthermore, the supporting cast (changed slightly over the run of the series) is as right as rain. Characters are finely drawn and totally human. Even if they are occasionally over the top, there is never any harm done, and, if anything, you take them in all the more. This series is not merely a frolic or an escape--it is your companion. To pass up acquiring this set is as if you are turning down a license to steal. John Mortimer's Rumpole is so fully dimensional that, if even his roughest edges annoy you, the fault is yours, not his. And at this price, a second complete set is in my near future.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better than I Remembered June 11, 2007
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I hadn't seen this excellant series since it was first shown on public television years ago. I was much younger then, and even though I quite enjoyed it, I don't think I appreciated just how good it was and still is. When I saw that I could purchase the entire series for some 40% off, I couldn't pass it up and I'm very glad I didn't. If you are an anglophile, or even not an anglophile, but are tired of the barrage of mindless mediocrity in entertainment that surrounds us, then treat yourself to hours of truly intelligent, wry, witty and sometimes poignant entertainment. I think you have to be over 40 to fully appreciate Rumpole. Also, I was quite satisfied with the remastering.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series at a great price! January 6, 2011
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Contrary to what others have written about this set; it is high quality considering that this series aired between 1978 and 1992. True, there are no subtitles; but the dialogue and sound is of much better quality than suggested by the few people who complained about sound on this set. Yes, the characters are very British and there are British accents; what do you expect from a British TV show? Rumpole is a fine a series and a lot of fun to watch. We turn up the volume on our TV just slightly higher than normal, and everything is fine. The plots are easy to follow...IF you pay attention; and if you desire to leave behind the nonsense reality shows endlessly plastered all over TV; and truly desire to enjoy some storytelling. There are some great actors on this series, Leo McKern as Rumpole; David Yelland (Poirot's butler George); Marion Mathie (as "she who must be obeyed"); and many other fine actors. There are any number of TV shows and box sets you could waste money on buying; but this series is a treasure...and people who have visited England prior to 2000 will be happy to revisit old England again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love this collection
It's great to have the entire series to enjoy in my own time. Even if you have never seen this program, but are an armchair lawyer, you'll love Rumpole. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Renee'
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like your English barristers brilliant but eccentric
If you like your English barristers brilliant but eccentric, you can't do better than Rumpole. Leo McKern brings John Mortimer's beloved, but underrated criminal defender to life... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, great show - and I had forgotten how ...
Not remastered - but a bargain at this price, considering you get the entire series. Great, great show - and I had forgotten how funny it was at times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hyperdrive
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Gave as a gift--he loves it.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Wehrman
5.0 out of 5 stars Some words hard to understand but will probably enjoy watching again
This one "grew" on me. Some words hard to understand but will probably enjoy watching again.
Published 1 month ago by Susie Crotts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great find
She who must be obeyed rules! Loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Kathryn Pegelow
5.0 out of 5 stars If you really are familiar with Rumpole, as :She who must be obeyed"...
Rumpole as portrayed in this series offers a unique return to the past in television. There was nothing like him before nor since. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. L. F.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Rumpole of the Bailey
I love watching Rumpole of the Bailey , the interactions of the British legal system, the old fashion legal system.
Published 2 months ago by D. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
The Rumpole series is now 30 years old and is just as funny as it was when it first came out. This complete set is a real bargain. Highly recommended.
Published 2 months ago by shep
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, good quality dvd's
We have been watching the series with much delight. Picture quality is good, even on a big screen. Best to adjust to "normal" the aspect ratio of the screen, using one's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anne E. Korsmo
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