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Rumpole Of The Bailey: The Complete ITV/BBC Series - Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 Collection (15 Disc Box Set) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Leo McKern
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 15
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VU89YE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,144 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Horace Rumploe (Leo McKern) is a down-at-heel yet brilliant barrister. Fond of quoting Wordsworth, he comes to the defence of shoplifting vicars, overly amorous teachers and many others who pass through the doors of the Old Bailey. He is famed for always winning his cases, but there is one person who he has never beaten - his wife "She Who Must Be Obeyed"!

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mg Reynolds on 4 Nov. 2009
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This a great series ! We see the late great Leo McKern bringing to life the great legal character invented by that magnificent writer Jon Mortimer himself sadly deceased.Rumpole is a larger than life defender of social justice. The part is played so that we get from Leo McKern's performances the complexity of Rumpole's personality.The wry humor and pathos comes very much to the fore as does Rumpoles love-hate relationship with his wife Hilda.The stories flow very well as the editing has been competently done.There are plenty are twists and turns in what could be seen as a British parody of Perry Mason - much as Carry On Texas would have been a British version of US Super-Soap Dallas.

The acting is very good stuff indeed as you sometimes get James Grout as a judge or Liz Fraser running a hotel.Peter Sallis crops up in one episode in Norman Clegg mode and Peter Bowels is great as the suave head of chambers.I love this series and getting it for less than one third of the recommended retail price from Amazon is a great idea.The clever plot-lines should certainly keep the viewer interested !

Don't delay - buy today !
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156 of 157 people found the following review helpful By G. C. Hurrell on 29 Nov. 2008
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I grew up with Rumpole and enjoyed him enormously. This complete set was unavailable for many years, so when I saw it at a very reasonable price I jumped at the deal. Now, in my more senior years I realise how clever John Mortimer's scripts are and how wonderfully Leo Mckern plays them. Rumpole the rebel, brilliant criminal lawyer - but also Rumpole the foolish and gullible......Enjoy!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Passmore on 11 Feb. 2010
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I bought the box set for my husband for Christmas, as we remembered with affection some of the episodes of Rumpole when they were originally broadcast. We felt we had missed quite a few of them as we were very busy with our working lives back then. We now realise that not only had we missed a lot of episodes, but we had also missed the subtle and gentle humour of the characterisation, which appeals to us now. We have much enjoyed the stories through this winter, when we have not found anything to appeal to us in the present offerings on TV.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Harvey TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2010
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I was a fan of Leo McKern long before he took on the role for which he is probably most famous for: Rumpole of the Bailey. I have been interested in criminology for as long as I can remember, especially the psychology underpinning criminal behaviour. I like solving problems of all kinds and reading crime novels and detective stories satisfies this particular interest. But just why I was drawn to Rumpole of the Bailey is more difficult to answer. It is probably a combination of the excellent story lines provided by John Mortimer and the superb acting of Leo McKern and the other actors in the TV series. Like 'Upstairs, Downstairs' and 'Minder', for example, there is an inherent quality which make these series compulsive viewing time and time again. They never become boring.

Rumpole of the Bailey is a departure from my usual digest of Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, Miss Marple, Colombo, Ironside, Monk, etc. My earliest memories of courtroom dramas date back to the high-power, American series, 'Perry Mason', another role made famous by actor Raymond Burr. Rumpole is quite unlike Perry Mason. Rumpole describes himself as a courtroom 'hack' whose primary interest involves accepting and defending apparently hopeless cases. They present a challenge that exercise his knowledge, experience ingenuity and intellect. He also likes the challenge of pitting his wits against establishment figures such as the police and other courtroom advocates with whom he has long been acquainted. He reserves most disdain for the judges who preside over his cases. Rumpole is not ambitious for ambition sake but his wife, 'she who must be obeyed', in continually pushing Rumpole to move on up the legal hierarchy and through his elevation improve her status in society.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. J. Smith on 22 Feb. 2010
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This DVD set has given me many hours of entertainment. It shows Leo McKern as Horace Rumpole enacting life as a self described 'Old Bailey Hack'. Each scene shows the causes of various court cases through their life cycle to whatever conclusions they come to. Along the way, life in Barrister's Chambers shows the pompous, self seeking actions and delusions of grandeur of some members of chambers or their wives, that all contribute brilliantly to each plot and side plot and to the overall entertainment value of this DVD set. It also shows Rumpole as a kindly soul and something of a guardian angel to his fellows in chambers in their antics. The acting in each role is of a high order as is Rumpole's home life with "she who must be obeyed", as he takes comfort in his love of wine that he refers to as "Chateau Thames Embankment" or "Chateau Fleet Street".

The only thing that has marred this product is: I thought I'd purchased "new" DVD's not "used" or "manufacturer rejects". A number of them were lightly scratched and one has a bubble in the media, so not all would play completely on my TV's built in DVD player and I had to use an external player to see them all. Nevertheless, the product is good entertainment value with the legal plots being brilliantly thought out as they caricature members of the legal profession in a kindly light, at least that is to those of us not members of the profession so not possessing as they would say, "fine minds".

EJ
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