Rumpole of the Bailey

ITV (ended 1992)




Episode Guide

    • Rumpole and the Family Pride
      Rumpole and the Family Pride
      Season 7 - Episode 5

      Rumpole and Hilda are invited for the weekend at a cousin's castle - but when they get there they find their relation faces the charge of murdering a travelling woman and is looking for Rumpole to rally round to help him.

    • Rumpole on Trial
      Rumpole on Trial
      Season 7 - Episode 6

      Hilda persuades Ballard to defend Rumpole when he faces a disciplinary hearing. Rumpole seems to have gone a good deal too far in what he said in Mr Justice Oliphant's court - or did he?

    • Rumpole and the Miscarriage of Justice
      Rumpole defends a policeman, Superintendent Gannon, who is accused of changing a teenager's statement confessing to murdering a policeman. Meanwhile, Sir Guthrie Featherstone finds himself in hot water - as the Judge in the conviction of the teenager, he gave a damning summing-up against him, and now the Lord Chief Justice of England is taking an interest in the matter.moreless
    • Rumpole and the Children of the Devil
      Rumpole again defends his old friends the Timsons, East End villains, when they are accused of Satanism and their daughter Tracy is put into local authority care. Meanwhile, Hilda is angling for Rumpole to take her to this year's Scales of Justice Ball - but it is not a prospect he views with delight.moreless
    • Rumpole for the Prosecution
      Rumpole for the Prosecution
      Season 6 - Episode 6

      Rumpole agrees to act for the family of a dead girl who are bringing a private prosecution for murder against Christopher Jago. Due to lack of evidence the Police decided not to charge him. Ballard asks Rumpole to prosecute Erskine-Brown, who is accused of stealing work from a colleague in chambers by changing the names on a brief. Mysteriously, Ballard spends a lot of time at a party hiding a bandaged fingertip…moreless

    • Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle
      Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle
      Season 7 - Episode 3

      Rumpole flirts with a beautiful violinist and finds himself reluctantly defending her husband, who is charged with murdering the violinist's musical partner.

      Meanwhile, Claude Erskine-Brown accuses Henry, the clerk at 3 Equity Court, of sexually harassing a secretary.

    • Rumpole and the Last Resort
      Rumpole and the Last Resort
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      Rumpole turns to his wife, Hilda, for help in getting a slippery solicitor to pay what he owes. Meanwhile, Rumpole is busy defending the owner of a caravan rental agency who is accused of fraud.
    • Rumpole and the Quacks
      Rumpole and the Quacks
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      Rumpole defends his own doctor, charged with feeling up a woman patient - and Rumpole's friend Phyllida is counsel for the prosecution. Then Claude Erskine-Brown is also in hot water, when Phyllida persuades herself that Claude has been advertising in the personal column of a top-shelf magazine, with a view to dating other women.moreless
    • Rumpole and the Summer of Discontent
      Before Mr Justice Guthrie Featherstone, Rumpole defends a trade unionist on charges of recklessly causing the death of a truck-driver who was crossing a union picket-line. Guthrie is thinking about a strike of his own, to hit back at new rights of audience for mere solicitors in court. Meanwhile, chez Rumpole, Hilda declares she is going on strike herself.moreless
    • Rumpole and the Reform of Joby Jonson

      Rumpole defends a teenager charged with stealing from old people. Curiously, Rumpole's own apartment is promptly broken into and documents are stolen.

      Erskine-Brown is in the running again to 'take silk' (become a Queen's Counsel) but the word around the Inns of Court is that he does not have enough 'bottom' and will not make the grade. Phyllida launches a campaign in support of Claude, but can she pull it off?


    • Rumpole and Portia
      Rumpole and Portia
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      Rumpole defends Stanley Culp, a scrap dealer, on charges of selling arms to terrorists. The case comes before a newly appointed Recorder - Phyllida Erskine-Brown.
    • Rumpole's Return
      Rumpole's Return
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Retirement on the hottest coast of the Former Colonies, at Hilda's behest, is not proving to be Rumpole's cup of tea or his glass of Pommeroy's. Lying on a Florida beach ogling the girls is getting to be a bore, and then the chance of a murder case in London turning on bloodstains (Rumpole's favourite kind) comes up, and the game's afoot. The old boy finds he has to inveigle himself back into his old Chambers in Equity Court (which are getting along very comfortably without him) while at the same time dealing with a dangerous cult, but he feels he's home. Now what does the future hold?moreless
    • Rumpole and the Quality of Life
      Rumpole and the Quality of Life
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      Rumpole defends Lady Perdita Derwent, charged with the murder of her elderly husband. Meanwhile, Ms Liz Probert complains of anti-gay discrimination at number 3, Equity Court, and the portly Rumpole suffers from a strict diet imposed by She Who Must Be Obeyed.
    • Rumpole and the Bubble Reputation
      Rumpole and the Bubble Reputation
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      Rumpole fights a claim for libel filed by a woman writer against a tabloid newspaper. Meanwhile, Claude Erskine-Brown moves in with Rumpole after being photographed at a night-club of ill repute, to the fury of the fair Phyllida.
    • Rumpole a la Carte
      Rumpole a la Carte
      Season 6 - Episode 1

      A live mouse is served to Erskine-Brown in a London restaurant, and Rumpole finds himself defending the self-important chef-restaurateur on the environmental health charges which follow. At home, Hilda takes up with her Canadian cousin and loses all interest in Rumpole.

    • Rumpole at Sea
      Rumpole at Sea
      Season 6 - Episode 4

      With little sign of enthusiasm, Rumpole takes Hilda on a cruising holiday. He is appalled to learn that a High Court judge, Mr Justice Graves, is also on board, and Rumpole promptly dives for cover. But then the missing wife of a reverend becomes the target of some skullduggery, and Rumpole surfaces again from his hidey-hole.

    • Rumpole and the Man of God
      Rumpole and the Man of God
      Season 2 - Episode 1

      Rumpole defends a vicar who is charged with stealing three shirts from a department store, but the troubled clergyman refuses to take the stand in his own defence. George Frobisher, who is in line to be appointed as a Circuit Judge, comes to dinner with the Rumpoles and introduces his new girlfriend. Rumpole remembers seeing her in court and advises his friend to think again.

    • Rumpole and the Age of Miracles
      Rumpole and the Age of Miracles
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      Rumpole defends his clergyman nephew in an ecclesiastical court, against charges of adultery - of which the bishop takes a dim view.

      Rumpole's colleagues Ballard and Erskine-Brown appear for the prosecution.

    • Rumpole and the Female of the Species
      Rumpole defends Tony Timson, who is accused of driving the getaway car for a bungled robbery by the Molloy gang - a gang whose relationship with the Timsons is about as warm as that between the Montagues and the Capulets. Meanwhile, Fiona Allways applies to join Rumpole's chambers at number 3, Equity Court, and this meets with opposition from an unexpected quarter - Phyllida.moreless
    • Rumpole and the Tap End
      Rumpole and the Tap End
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      Rumpole defends Tony Timson on charges of attempted murder - with Tony's wife, April, claiming he tried to drown her - while sexist remarks by Mr Justice Guthrie Featherstone give the press a field day and, more importantly, upset the Lord Chancellor. 'She Who Must Be Obeyed' decides it's time for her to begin her own career in the legal profession.moreless
    • Rumpole and the Right to Silence
      Rumpole and the Right to Silence
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      Rumpole defends a radical lecturer charged with murdering an unpopular university administrator. But his client refuses to give critical information in his own defence.

      Meanwhile, Rumpole gives Ballard and Erskine-Brown advice on how to keep secrets from their lady wives, and Hilda takes offence.
    • Rumpole's Last Case
      Rumpole's Last Case
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      The Timsons are in trouble and again need their favourite 'brief'. But as he fights his daily battles, Rumpole is wearying of it all. After a big win on the horses, he makes up his mind to hang up his wig for the last time.

      For more, see Recap.

    • Rumpole and the Judge's Elbow
      Rumpole and the Judge's Elbow
      Season 4 - Episode 4

      Rumpole defends a man charged with running massage parlours as brothels, and his former colleague in chambers Mr Justice Featherstone finds himself in an embarrassing position. The prospect of appointment as a Judge is dangled in front of Rumpole - and it is suggested that he might wish to handle the defence of his present case with suitable discretion, so to speak… The troublesome Heathstoke is anxious to drive the Chambers at Number 3, Equity Court, into the twentieth century - and he tries to oust both Rumpole and Henry, the chambers clerk, into the outer darkness.

    • Rumpole and the Learned Friends
      Rumpole and the Learned Friends
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      Guthrie Featherstone, with Rumpole as his junior, defends a safe-cracker who claims to have been framed by the notorious Inspector "Dirty" Dickerson. Rumpole risks his reputation by attacking police corruption before a police-friendly judge - and as a result he finds himself called to a disciplinary hearing. There is even the possibility that Rumpole may be forced to retire, but he digs his toes in.moreless
    • Rumpole and the Sporting Life
      Rumpole and the Sporting Life
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      Rumpole gets out into rural England when Fiona Allways persuades him to defend her sister Jennifer, charged with murdering her skirt-chasing husband.
    • Rumpole and the Blind Tasting
      Rumpole and the Blind Tasting
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      Yet another of the Timsons needs Rumpole's services as an advocate, this time to answer charges of fencing stolen liquor. Rumpole accepts Ms Liz Probert - a radical left-wing activist - as a pupil, though not without certain misgivings.
    • Rumpole and the Old Boy Net
      Rumpole and the Old Boy Net
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      Rumpole welcomes a new pupil, the beautiful Fiona Allways, and together they defend Mr and Mrs Napier-Lee, who are charged with blackmail and with running an immoral house. But the Napier-Lees are slow to defend themselves, anxious not to expose the lies of an old school friend.
    • Rumpole and the Barrow Boy
      Rumpole and the Barrow Boy
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      Rumpole is called on to defend Nigel Timson, who has moved on from his family's world of villainy and faces charges of insider trading as a stockbroker.

      Meanwhile, Rumpole's clerk Henry is thinking of running off to Australia.

      For more, see Recap.
    • Rumpole and the Old, Old, Story
      Rumpole and the Old, Old, Story
      Season 4 - Episode 1

      Rumpole defends a business man who is accused of trying to murder his partner.

      After a squabble with 'She Who Must Be Obeyed', Rumpole finally leaves home - but Hilda doesn't seem to miss him very much

    • Rumpole and the Bright Seraphim
      Rumpole and the Bright Seraphim
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      Rumpole travels to West Germany to defend a British soldier facing a court-martial charged with the murder of his sergeant.
    • Rumpole and the Course of True Love

      Rumpole defends a flamboyanty romantic young schoolteacher who is accused of seducing a pupil.

      Meanwhile, Rumpole's colleague in chambers Guthrie Featherstone pursues his ambition of becoming a High Court judge, while Phyllida has a secret to keep from a former lover.

    • Rumpole and the Heavy Brigade
      Rumpole and the Heavy Brigade
      Season 1 - Episode 6

      Rumpole is busy defending the youngest son of a family of villains on a murder charge. His client has all the evidence stacked against him, but meanwhile it is Rumpole's battered old bowler which is becoming the focus of bemused attention in chambers and beyond

      Hilda has made up her mind that Rumpole is to take her to the Scales of Justice Ball. Perhaps a new hat and an acquittal at the Old Bailey will get him in the mood for dancing?


    • Rumpole and the Genuine Article
      Rumpole and the Genuine Article
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      Rumpole defends Harold Brittling, an unsuccessful artist who has been charged with faking a major painting by the late Septimus Craig. But Brittling is remarkably relaxed about the case and seems to have an agenda of his own.
    • Rumpole and the Age for Retirement
      Rumpole defends Percy Timson, a receiver of stolen property who has been framed for the theft of an important painting which is out of his league. Meanwhile, Rumpole's wife and son Nick (who is now a college lecturer in the US) are making plans for Rumpole's retirement in the very near future - to a restful existence in Maryland.moreless
    • Rumpole and the Honourable Member
      Rumpole and the Honourable Member
      Season 1 - Episode 3

      Rumpole defends Ken Aspen, a politician accused of raping a party worker. The defendant admits there was intercourse but claims it was consensual, and Rumpole believes he has found a strong line of defence. Meanwhile, Rumpole's favourite clerk has been accused of stealing from the petty cash at Number 3, Equity Court…

    • Rumpole and the Fascist Beast
      Rumpole and the Fascist Beast
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Rumpole defends Captain Rex Parkin, who is charged with inciting a riot by racist speeches. Rumpole also has a new pupil, one Latif Khan, and the young barrister is less than thrilled about Captain Rex.
    • Rumpole and the Alternative Society
      Rumpole is in the west of England to defend Kathy Trelawney, who is charged with selling cannabis to a police agent provocateur. He also looks up an old friend from his time in the Royal Air Force, Sam 'Three Fingers' Dogherty.
    • Rumpole and the Married Lady
      Rumpole and the Married Lady
      Season 1 - Episode 4

      Rumpole represents the wife, Mrs Thripp, in a divorce case where the couple only communicate by leaving each other notes. Hilda is upset by Mrs Thripp's constant phone calls to Rumpole at home. Rumpole helps Phyllida Trant as she tries to become accustomed to bar practice.

    • Rumpole and the Younger Generation
      Rumpole is busy in the Old Bailey defending young Jim Timson, who has been grassed up for armed robbery by 'Peanuts' Molloy - one of a rival gang of East End villains with whom the Timsons have an age-old feud. For more, see Recap.
    • Rumpole and the Golden Thread
      Rumpole and the Golden Thread
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      Rumpole flies to Neranga, in Africa, to defend David Mazenze (his former law pupil) on a charge of murder. Rumpole meets with politcs, tribal hatred, and confusion - and his client seems to have no credible alibi to offer for the time of the murder.
    • Rumpole and the Case of Identity
      Rumpole and the Case of Identity
      Season 2 - Episode 2

      With the Christmas season in full swing, Rumpole defends Dave Anstey on the charge of stabbing a sales assistant in an off-licence. It seems to be a case of mistaken identity, but why does Dave's boss, on whom his alibi depends, change his story and undermine the defence? Meanwhile, Rumpole's Head of Chambers has an attractive new secretary, and starts spending a lot of time with her behind closed doors… When Guthrie Featherstone is seen gyrating at a disco with the girl from the typing pool, Rumpole means to get to the bottom of it all.

    • Rumpole and the Official Secret
      Rumpole and the Official Secret
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      Rumpole defends an elderly woman charged under the Official Secrets Act - she is claimed to have have leaked (so to speak) information revealing excessive British government expenditure on tea.
    • Rumpole and the Show Folk
      Rumpole and the Show Folk
      Season 2 - Episode 3

      Rumpole travels to the north of England and practices his own theatricality in defence of Maggie Hartley, an actress accused of shooting her womanizing husband.

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