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.
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Anyone planning to buy this set should take a look at my review of "Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series [Region 2]," which I bought in June, 2016. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard Partridge
One of the best shows I grew-up watching. Buy it and forget your troubles.Published 1 month ago by LESLEY A SULLIVAN
Most enjoyable series. However, even though I spent my childhood in London in the 1950s I regret the absence of subtitles. Part of the problem is that I am hard of hearing.Published 1 month ago by GreatScott
wonderfully funny and well done. ("She who must be obeyed.")Published 2 months ago by Dolores A. Schultz
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