Leo McKern slurs us the eccentric, bibulous Old Bailey defence lawyer, Horace Bumpole in this magnificent and hugely popular series penned by the barrister-playwright John Mortimer.
Rumpole and the Bubble Reputation Rumpole defends the sleazy editor of The Daily Beacon in a libel action and battles with his conscience because the salary is so large and the client so appalling. Rumpole and the Barrow Boy Nigel Timson, the upwardly mobile member of the infamous Timson clan is accused of fraud at his city firm and turns to Rumpole for help. Rumpole and the Age of Miracles Timothy Donkin, Rumpole's clergyman nephew visits and consults Rumpole on a matter of 'old-fashioned adultery'. Rumpole and the Tap End An attempted murder, once again involving a member of the Timson family, evolves into a nationwide debate about who should sit at 'the tap end' at bathtime! Rumpole and Portia Rumpole defends a devoted father who has inadvertently become involved in terrorist activities. Phyllida is promoted to Judge and gains an admirer. Rumpole and the Quality of Life Lord Derwent, a famous and wealthy artist, is murdered and Rumpole defends Lady Derwent - eventually - although his mind is on food, or lack of it.