Season Two of the British legal comedy-drama series Rumpole of the Bailey serves up six new episodes, initially telecast by ITV1 from May 29 through July 3, 1979. First on the docket is "Rumpole and the Man of God", in which gloriously irreverent barrister Horace Rumpole (Leo McKern) defends a vicar who though accused of shoplifting refuses to offer any defense for his alleged crime; at the same time, Rumpole's old friend George Frobisher (Moray Watson) pays a heavy price for loving neither wisely nor too well. The second episode, "Rumpole and the Case of Identity" finds the title character in court during the Christmas season, defending a man whose alibi on a murder charge depends upon a most untrustworthy witness. A trip to the North Country results in Rumpole exercising his declamatory skills to save an actress from a murder sentence in "Rumpole and the Showfolk". Then in "Rumpole and the ****** Beast" the lifelong-liberal barrister works on behalf of a notorious racist politician charged with inciting a deadly riot. "Rumpole and the Course of True Love" concerns not only a schoolteacher charged with seducing an unwilling pupil, but also an embarrassing incident in the past life of Rumpole's lovely colleague Phyllida (Patricia Hodge. And in "Rumpole and the Age for Retirement", Rumpole's son Nick urges his father to hang up his wig and move to Maryland (of all places) after wrapping up his defense of an accused art thief. As a coda of sorts to Season Two, a special two-hour episode, "Rumpole's Return", in which our hero emerges from retirement to tackle a particularly lurid murder case involving a sinister cult, was telecast on December 30, 1980, and has since been added to the standard Rumpole of the Bailey rerun package. Hal Erickson, Rovi
Three years after the property was introduced as a one-shot on BBC's Play for Today, the seriocomic British legal series Rumpole of the Bailey officially launched its first season of six weekly episodes on April 3, 1978. In the opener "Rumpole and the Younger Generation", iconoclastic barrister Horace Rumpole (Leo McKern) defends a youthful member of the unsavory East End Timson gang when the boy is framed for robbery by a rival gang. Then in "Rumpole and the Alternative Society", the delightfully unkempt lawyer takes time off from visiting a former RAF colleague to plead on behalf of a woman accused of selling ******. Next up is "Rumpole and the Honourable Member", wherein his client is a politican charged with raping a party worker, a situation which places Rumpole at odds with his son's fiancé. For "Rumpole and the Married Lady", series creator John Mortimer draws upon his own father's experiences as a divorce lawyer. In "Rumpole and the Learned Friends" Rumpole acts as junior assistant to his bumbling colleague Guthrie Featherstone (Peter Bowles) in defense of a safecracker who may have been set up by a crooked cop. Rounding out the season is "Rumpole and the Heavy Brigade" in which Rumpole again rises to the defense of the disreputable Tilsons to protect a man charged with murder thanks to a preponderance of suspiciously "airtight" evidence. Hal Erickson, Rovi
- 10 hr
- December 28, 2004
- Julian Curry , Leo McKern , Peggy Bates-Thorpe , Peter Bowles , Patricia Hodge
- Moray Watson
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