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An old darling worth keeping around,
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This review is from: Rumpole of the Bailey - The Complete Collection [DVD]  (DVD)
Perhaps the best people for this box are those under ten or over 30. Maybe together. You need to have a certain wonder at character on display. This is a character driven piece, one writ large. Rumpole is not a glamorous lawyer, instead an old hack of the Bailey, but he's a grand older man who dwarves the lanky young buds who surround him; voice booming, poetry everywhere, a witty retort for the judge, a nod of co-conspiracy with the jury. Initially I found his apparent indifference to truth shocking but that reservation drifts away as the character develops. He's not indifferent to the facts, he just doesn't allow his ignorance of them to inhibit his work, and his work is defence.
This is rich, hearty fare of a bygone era. Everyone smoking and knocking back the spirits, steaky kidneys without apology, and a healthy dose of interior monologue revealing the deeply reflective nature of a bluff old cove who's cunning is underestimated by juniors and leaders at their peril.