History Series / RumpoleOfTheBailey

7th Aug '16 7:17:08 PM PaulA
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** Claude Erskine-Brown fancies himself a wine connoisseur ("Rumpole and the Blind Tasting").[[note]]Julian Curry, who played Erskine-Brown, actually is an amateur expert on wine, and the episode was in many ways [[TheCastShowOff an opportunity to show off his knowledge]].[[/note]]

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** Claude Erskine-Brown fancies himself a wine connoisseur ("Rumpole and the Blind Tasting").[[note]]Julian Curry, who played Erskine-Brown, actually is an amateur expert on wine, and the episode was in many ways [[TheCastShowOff an opportunity to show off his knowledge]].[[/note]]
7th Aug '16 2:49:55 PM karstovich2
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** Claude Erskine-Brown fancies himself a wine connoisseur ("Rumpole and the Blind Tasting").

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** Claude Erskine-Brown fancies himself a wine connoisseur ("Rumpole and the Blind Tasting").[[note]]Julian Curry, who played Erskine-Brown, actually is an amateur expert on wine, and the episode was in many ways [[TheCastShowOff an opportunity to show off his knowledge]].[[/note]]
13th Jul '16 8:20:39 AM Gillimer
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** "Justitia" in "Rumpole and the Golden Thread" is a clear Expy for Amnesty International... And a semi-autobiographical reference to one Mortimer's own cases.
13th Jul '16 8:12:12 AM Gillimer
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* HarmlessVillain: The Timson clan, very, ''very'' low-level crooks ("minor villains" is what Rumpole likes to call them) whom Rumpole defends on a regular basis (they appear to be his primary source of income, and at one point he refers to himself as being "CT -- Counsel to the Timsons.").

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* HarmlessVillain: The Timson clan, very, ''very'' low-level crooks ("minor villains" is what Rumpole likes to call them) whom Rumpole defends on a regular basis (they appear to be his primary source of income, and at one point he refers to himself as being "CT -- Counsel to the Timsons."). They are quite proud that they never resort to violence, only what Rumpole and Mortimer call "ordinary decent crime."
13th Jul '16 8:08:51 AM Gillimer
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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: They may fight and argue but in Rumpole's words "they'd rather have war together than a lonely peace". There are several indications that Hilda is secretly proud of her husband, despite her loud dissapointment that's he not a judge or a QC, although she'd never say so to her face.

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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: They may fight and argue but in Rumpole's words "they'd rather have war together than a lonely peace". There are several indications that Hilda is secretly proud of her husband, despite her loud dissapointment that's he not a judge or a QC, although she'd never say so to her face. Lampshaded in "Rumpole and the Married Woman", where Rumpole notes that the couple in his divorce case stayed together because "they didn't want to be alone."



* CelibateHero: According to the novels, the Rumpoles had sex exactly once, on their honeymoon, which explains how they managed to have a child. Other than that, no, and Horace has only been MistakenForCheating.

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* CelibateHero: According to the novels, the Rumpoles had sex exactly once, on their honeymoon, which explains how they managed to have a child. Other than that, no, and Horace has only been MistakenForCheating. Although he was tempted by the feminine wiles, of Kathy Trelawney and Elizabeth Casterini.. But not enough to get him to betray his professional ethics.



* CloudCuckooLander: Uncle Tom, who hasn't had a brief in anyone's living memory, but still happily potters around Chambers playing golf. His chief role in the show is to go off on long semi-relevant recollections of past events whenever anyone discuses anything near him.

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* CloudCuckooLander: Uncle Tom, who hasn't had a brief in anyone's living memory, but still happily potters around Chambers playing golf. His chief role in the show is to go off on long semi-relevant recollections of past events whenever anyone discuses anything near him. (It is never explained how he supports himself.)



* FormerTeenRebel: Sam Ballard. In the later novels and short stories, he and his teenage rock group get back together for jam sessions.

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* FormerTeenRebel: Sam Ballard. In the later novels and short stories, he and his teenage rock group get back together for jam sessions. Ironically, Rumpole thought spilling the beans on his dread past would embarrass him, but instead people in chambers conclude he is less stuffy than they thought.
18th Jun '16 9:14:46 PM ApeAccount
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* DescriptionCut: A rather subtle one in "Rumpole on Trial". A man in court is quoting from the book of proverbs, "It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than with a brawling woman in a wide house. It is better to dwell in the wilderness than with a contentious and an angry woman." Then the scene immediately shifts to Hilda walking down the street...
18th Jun '16 7:39:25 PM ApeAccount
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*ComicallyMissingThePoint: Both Claude Erskine-Brown and Ballard could be prone to this. When a psychiatrist suggested he wanted to sleep with his mother and he was asked if he did, Erskine-Brown replied, “Certainly not, Mummy would never have stood for it”. When Ballard was told that Erskine-Brown thought it’d be easier for him to become a QC if he were a woman, Ballard replied, “I think that’s very silly. I mean Claude Erskine-Brown couldn’t possibly be a woman, could he? So he might just as well forget the idea and settle down to being himself.”
17th Jun '16 8:25:40 PM PaulA
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* CastingGag: Peter Cellier as Sir Frank Fawcett, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, in "Rumpole and the Official Secret", doubtless referencing his recurring role as Permanent Secretary to the Treasury Sir Frank Gordon in ''Series/YesMinister''. The Attorney General in the same episode, Donald Pickering, played Sir Richard Wharton in ''Series/YesMinister'' too.



** Claude Erskine-Brown fancies himself a wine connoisseur ("Rumpole and the Blind Tasting"). Possibly a case of TheCastShowoff; Julian Curry (who plays Erskine-Brown) is also a noted wine expert.

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** Claude Erskine-Brown fancies himself a wine connoisseur ("Rumpole and the Blind Tasting"). Possibly a case of TheCastShowoff; Julian Curry (who plays Erskine-Brown) is also a noted wine expert.
17th Jun '16 8:22:24 PM PaulA
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* CatchPhrase: the "Golden Thread of British justice" and "never plead guilty" as personal mantras. There was also Percy Hoskins who had variants of "speaking as a man with daughters". This was lampshaded in "Rumpole and The Quality of Life" when he started out "I speak as a man with daughters" and Rumpole, Ballard and Uncle Tom all finished his sentence for him and echoed the word "daughters" around the room.

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* CatchPhrase: CatchPhrase:
** Rumpole has
the "Golden Thread of British justice" and "never plead guilty" as personal mantras. There was also mantras.
**
Percy Hoskins who had variants of "speaking as a man with daughters". This was lampshaded in "Rumpole and The Quality of Life" when he started out "I speak as a man with daughters" and Rumpole, Ballard and Uncle Tom all finished his sentence for him and echoed the word "daughters" around the room.



* DeadpanSnarker: Rumpole, in both his life but especially in his style of advocacy.

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* DeadpanSnarker: DeadpanSnarker:
**
Rumpole, in both his life but especially in his style of advocacy.



-->'''Rumpole''': If Uncle Tom goes, I go.
-->'''Ballard'''[[note]]''Ballard''![[/note]]: That would seem to make the departure of Uncle Tom even ''more'' desirable.

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-->'''Rumpole''': --->'''Rumpole:''' If Uncle Tom goes, I go.
-->'''Ballard'''[[note]]''Ballard''![[/note]]:
go.\\
'''Ballard:'''[[note]]Of all people![[/note]]
That would seem to make the departure of Uncle Tom even ''more'' desirable.



-->'''Dave Inchcape''': Well, I expect you want to know a bit about my experience.
-->'''Claude Erskine-Brown''' (alarmed): Good heavens, no.
-->'''Dave Inchcape''': You don’t?
-->'''Claude Erskine-Brown''': No, no, no, no. I take the attitude, Dave, that your experiences are entirely a matter between you and…well, whoever you’ve had the experiences with.
-->'''Dave Inchcape''': Tomkins in Testament Buildings.
-->'''Claude Erskine-Brown''': Please, don’t tell me! It’s absolutely none of my business…You mean Tommy Tomkins?
-->'''Dave Inchcape''': Yes, I was with him for about a year.
-->'''Claude Erskine-Brown''': But I thought Tommy was married to a lady magistrate?
-->'''Dave Inchcape''': So he is. Does that make a difference?
-->'''Claude Erskine-Brown''': Well, not nowadays, I suppose.

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-->'''Dave Inchcape''': Inchcape:''' Well, I expect you want to know a bit about my experience.
-->'''Claude
experience.\\
'''Claude
Erskine-Brown''' (alarmed): ''[alarmed]'' Good heavens, no.
-->'''Dave Inchcape''':
no.\\
'''Dave Inchcape:'''
You don’t?
-->'''Claude Erskine-Brown''':
don't?\\
'''Claude Erskine-Brown:'''
No, no, no, no. I take the attitude, Dave, that your experiences are entirely a matter between you and…well, whoever you’ve you've had the experiences with.
-->'''Dave Inchcape''':
with.\\
'''Dave Inchcape:'''
Tomkins in Testament Buildings.
-->'''Claude Erskine-Brown''':
Buildings.\\
'''Claude Erskine-Brown:'''
Please, don’t don't tell me! It’s It's absolutely none of my business…You mean Tommy Tomkins?
-->'''Dave Inchcape''':
Tomkins?\\
'''Dave Inchcape:'''
Yes, I was with him for about a year.
-->'''Claude Erskine-Brown''':
year.\\
'''Claude Erskine-Brown:'''
But I thought Tommy was married to a lady magistrate?
-->'''Dave Inchcape''':
magistrate?\\
'''Dave Inchcape:'''
So he is. Does that make a difference?
-->'''Claude Erskine-Brown''':
difference?\\
'''Claude Erskine-Brown:'''
Well, not nowadays, I suppose.



* SilentSnarker: A lot of Rumpole's snark is actually delivered in voiceovers, audible only to viewers. One of the [[RunningGag running gags]] is the frequent discrepancy between Rumpole's internal snarking and his external restraint.
-->'''Solicitor''': What do you think of the prosecution, Mr. Rumpole?
-->'''Rumpole''' (''voiceover''): I think if it were conducted by a nervous first-year law student with a serious speech impediment they'd ''still'' get a conviction.
-->'''Rumpole''' (''aloud''): Well, we do face certain difficulties. (''Rumpole and the Old, Old Story'')

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* SilentSnarker: A lot of Rumpole's snark is actually delivered in voiceovers, audible only to viewers. One of the [[RunningGag running gags]] is the frequent discrepancy between Rumpole's internal snarking and his external restraint.
-->'''Solicitor''':
restraint. For instance, from "Rumpole and the Old, Old Story":
-->'''Solicitor:'''
What do you think of the prosecution, Mr. Rumpole?
-->'''Rumpole''' (''voiceover''):
Rumpole?\\
'''Rumpole:''' ''[voiceover]''
I think if it were conducted by a nervous first-year law student with a serious speech impediment they'd ''still'' get a conviction.
-->'''Rumpole''' (''aloud''):
conviction.\\
'''Rumpole:''' ''[aloud]''
Well, we do face certain difficulties. (''Rumpole and the Old, Old Story'')difficulties.



-->'''Ballard:''' Look here, Rumpole, I would advise you to take this matter seriously.
-->'''Rumpole:''' And I would advise you, [[MaliciousMisnaming Bollard]], if you can find a taxidermist willing to undertake the work, to get stuffed.

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-->'''Ballard:''' Look here, Rumpole, I would advise you to take this matter seriously.
-->'''Rumpole:'''
seriously.\\
'''Rumpole:'''
And I would advise you, [[MaliciousMisnaming Bollard]], if you can find a taxidermist willing to undertake the work, to get stuffed.



-->'''Liz Probert''': The point for you to understand is what you've done to Phillida as a woman.
-->'''Claude Erskine-Brown''':What I've done?
-->'''Liz Probert''': Well don’t tell me you haven’t driven her to it. If a woman does something like that it’s always the husband’s fault, isn’t it?
-->'''Claude Erskine-Brown''': And if a man does something like that?
-->'''Liz Probert''': Well, then, it’s always his fault.

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-->'''Liz Probert''': Probert:''' The point for you to understand is what you've done to Phillida as a woman.
-->'''Claude Erskine-Brown''':What
woman.\\
'''Claude Erskine-Brown:''' What
I've done?
-->'''Liz Probert''':
done?\\
'''Liz Probert:'''
Well don’t don't tell me you haven’t haven't driven her to it. If a woman does something like that it’s it's always the husband’s husband's fault, isn’t it?
-->'''Claude Erskine-Brown''':
isn't it?\\
'''Claude Erskine-Brown:'''
And if a man does something like that?
-->'''Liz Probert''':
that?\\
'''Liz Probert:'''
Well, then, it’s it's always his fault.
fault.
17th Jun '16 7:25:41 PM ApeAccount
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* CatchPhrase: the "Golden Thread of British justice" and "never plead guilty" as personal mantras.

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* CatchPhrase: the "Golden Thread of British justice" and "never plead guilty" as personal mantras. There was also Percy Hoskins who had variants of "speaking as a man with daughters". This was lampshaded in "Rumpole and The Quality of Life" when he started out "I speak as a man with daughters" and Rumpole, Ballard and Uncle Tom all finished his sentence for him and echoed the word "daughters" around the room.
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