Season 1

Cigar-puffing, whiskey-sipping, insult-generating defense barrister Horace Rumpole (Leo McKern) proves why he's one of the most unexpected successful attorneys in Great Britain.

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Rumpole of the Bailey

Rumpole and the Heavy Brigade

Rumpole defends an apparently mentally challenged petty crook on a murder charge.

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Rumpole and the Heavy Brigade

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Rumpole of the Bailey

Rumpole and the Learned Friends

Rumpole accuses a dishonest policeman of framing his safecracker client.

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Rumpole and the Learned Friends

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Rumpole of the Bailey

Rumpole and the Married Lady

After a long spell without cases, Rumpole is apparently divorcing his old friend.

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Rumpole and the Married Lady

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Rumpole of the Bailey

Rumpole and the Honourable Member

An MP is accused of raping one of his assistants, and seems reluctant to defend himself.

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Rumpole and the Honourable Member

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Rumpole of the Bailey

Rumpole and the Alternate Society

Rumpole is very content to be defending a drugs case in the peace of the West Country.

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Rumpole and the Alternate Society

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Rumpole of the Bailey

Rumpole and the Younger Generation

Rumpole successfully defends a teenager accused of robbery with violence.

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Rumpole and the Younger Generation