Rent Rumpole of the Bailey: Series 1 (1978)

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5h 10min
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Horace Rumpole (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 Be Obeyed".
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Voiced By:
Simon Prebble, Bruce Wyndham
British TV, TV Classics, TV Courtroom Dramas, TV Crimes, TV Dramas, TV Mysteries
Release Date:
Run Time:
310 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
- Rumpole and the Younger Generation
- Rumpole and the Alternative Society
- Rumpole and the Honourable Member
- Rumpole and the Married Lady
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
- Rumpole and the Learned Friends
- Rumpole and the Heavy Brigade
- Special Features: Interview with John Mortimer

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Sadly, times have changed - Rumpole of the Bailey: Series 1 review by CP Customer

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I loved these when I first saw them, but found them impossible to watch again because Rumpole's attitudes (especially towards women) are just so old-fashioned that they are unbearable. I know it was a long time ago, and the shows reflected what were rather wide-spread views at the time, but watching Rumpole descredite a rape victim by reducing her to tears by subjecting her to an incredibly aggressive cross-examination about her sex life was something I just couldn't sit through. Historically, they're a good reminder that some things have changed for the better, but they no longer work as entertaining comedies; not for me, at least.

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