History Series / RumpoleOfTheBailey

12th Apr '16 4:39:09 PM PaulA
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* MysteryWriterDetective: Played with in "Rumpole At Sea", where a mystery writer tries to play detective after a mysterious event on the cruise ship, and comes up with an entirely inaccurate theory about what happened.
29th Feb '16 9:53:43 PM Mdumas43073
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A ThamesTelevision for Creator/{{ITV}} series, intermittently from 1978 to 1992, following a one-off [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] drama, focused on the professional and personal life of one Horace Rumpole, barrister at law.

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A ThamesTelevision for Creator/{{ITV}} series, intermittently from 1978 to 1992, following a one-off [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] drama, focused on the professional and personal life of one Horace Rumpole, barrister at law.
law (played by Leo [=McKern=]).
10th Jan '16 12:11:02 AM ApeAccount
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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Played with and discussed in “Rumpole and the Honourable Member”. Rumpole treated everything about the case with the same level of sobriety and respect that he would any other crime (read: very little). However, this wasn’t shown to be because he didn’t regard rape as a serious crime but rather because he believed a man who’s innocent of rape (as he always assumes his clients to be innocent) deserves just as thorough a defence as one who’s innocent of petty theft. At the same time, Rumpole acknowledged that everyone in the courtroom would regard the crime differently particularly because it was a rape. In particular, Erica was shocked by the way he would attack the alleged victim which led Rumpole to challenge her on whether it’s fair that a lower standard of proof (the victim’s word) should exist for rape as opposed to other crimes.
12th Nov '15 8:20:05 PM karstovich2
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* AlwaysMurder: A rare exception to the rule for mystery stories. Very rarely does someone actually end up dead in Rumpole's cases -- in fact the very first story revolved around a random wounding.

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* AlwaysMurder: A rare exception to the rule for mystery stories. Very rarely does someone actually end up dead in Rumpole's cases -- in fact the very first story revolved around a random wounding.wounding, and the first episode of the regular series (the one that introduced the Timsons and the Malloys) was about a "robbery with violence" (i.e. a mugging in this case).
10th Aug '15 2:10:34 AM PaulA
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* GotMeDoingIt: Rumpole repeatedly calls the young Charles Hearthstoke "Hearthrug". At one point, he does it in front of Mr Justice Featherstone, who once follows suit.



*** Which is TruthInTelevision as Lord Goddard who sentenced Derek Bentley to hang for a similar offence claimed later that he only passed a death sentence because he expected Bentley to be reprieved



*** Oddly enough, Ballard, Erskine-Brown, and Featherstone are all portrayed as actually being rather happy in their marriages. Perhaps a window to Mortimer's own view of the subject?



*** At one point, in front of Mr Justice Featherstone. Who once (accidentally? Or was it a slip?) follows suit.
10th Aug '15 1:41:57 AM chrisboote
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*** Which is [TruthInTelevision] as Lord Goddard who sentenced Derek Bentley to hang for a similar offence claimed later that he only passed a death sentence because he expected Bentley to be reprieved

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*** Which is [TruthInTelevision] TruthInTelevision as Lord Goddard who sentenced Derek Bentley to hang for a similar offence claimed later that he only passed a death sentence because he expected Bentley to be reprieved
10th Aug '15 1:41:31 AM chrisboote
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*** Which is [[TruthInTelevision]] as Lord Goddard who sentenced Derek Bentley to hang for a similar offence claimed later that he only passed a death sentence because he expected Bentley to be reprieved

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*** Which is [[TruthInTelevision]] [TruthInTelevision] as Lord Goddard who sentenced Derek Bentley to hang for a similar offence claimed later that he only passed a death sentence because he expected Bentley to be reprieved
10th Aug '15 1:41:02 AM chrisboote
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** In the final novel published, ''Rumpole Misbehaves'', Rumpole makes a serious attempt to become a QC, because his client wants a QC, and only a QC to defend him. [[spoiler: He doesn't get it because during a cross examination he implied that a Home Office official was connected to a prositution ring much to anger of the presiding judge, who happens to be on the Committe that grants applications for [=QCs=].]]

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** In the final novel published, ''Rumpole Misbehaves'', Rumpole makes a serious attempt to become a QC, because his client wants a QC, and only a QC to defend him. [[spoiler: He doesn't get it because during a cross examination he implied that a Home Office official was connected to a prositution prostitution ring much to anger of the presiding judge, who happens to be on the Committe that grants applications for [=QCs=].]]


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*** Which is [[TruthInTelevision]] as Lord Goddard who sentenced Derek Bentley to hang for a similar offence claimed later that he only passed a death sentence because he expected Bentley to be reprieved
21st May '15 7:24:55 PM VonBlade
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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''.

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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.
18th Mar '15 2:21:52 PM JujuP
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* CourtMartialed: In the episode "Rumpole and the Bright Seraphim", Rumpole is asked to defend a soldier in a court-martial and has some difficulty with the differences from the civilian courts he's used to operating in.
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