Title: Rumpole of the Bailey
Series: 7
Episodes: 43
First Transmission: 1978

Horace Rumpole is an untidy, ageing London barrister who defends criminal cases. He is fond of red wine, poetry, and fair dealing, and is not looked on as a great success by his wife (‘She Who Must Be Obeyed’). 

Best Episode

Rumpole on Trial (1992) – Rumpole is charged by Judge Oliphant with contempt of court and faces disbarment. Hilda persuades Sam Ballard to defend him.

2nd Best Episode

Rumpole a la Carte (1991) – Rumpole agrees to defend a dislikeable and elitist restaurateur when a live mouse jumps out from one of his gourmet meals.

3rd Best Episode

Rumpole and the Age of Miracles (1988) – Rumpole defends Hilda’s nephew, a canon who has been accused of adultery in an ecclesiastical court.

4th Best Episode

Rumpole and the Last Resort (1983) – Rumpole attempts to collect an outstanding debt from an elusive solicitor. Meanwhile, he defends a vacation planner on fraud charges.

5th Best Episode

Rumpole and the Blind Tasting (1987) – Rumpole defends career criminal Hugh Timson for receiving a garageful full of stolen wine.

Worst Episode

Rumpole and the Fascist Beast (1979) – Captain Rex Parkin is charged with an offence under the Race Relations Act, and is horrified when he discovers that Rumpole has taken under his wing a pupil barrister from the Punjab.

 

Notes & Comments

Info Updated: 2022-04-08

The data on this page is updated when any major changes occur to episode rankings (which is less common with older series), or when new episodes are added as is the case with current television series.

The overall spread in the rating distribution is equal to 1.1 rating points.

The top-rated episode, Rumpole on Trial (1992), differs from the second-rated episode, Rumpole a la Carte (1991), by 27 percent of the overall spread.

The bottom-rated episode, Rumpole and the Fascist Beast (1979), differs from the second bottom-rated episode, Rumpole and the Right to Silence (1991), by 9 percent of the overall spread.

The middle-rated episode is Rumpole and the Sporting Life (1983).

 

Episode Rating Graph for Rumpole of the Bailey (1978)

Full Episode List

Key:-Blue episodes rated above par. Brown episodes rated below par.

#1 Rumpole and the Younger Generation (1978)
#2 Rumpole and the Alternative Society (1978)
#3 Rumpole and the Honourable Member (1978)
#4 Rumpole and the Married Lady (1978)
#5 Rumpole and the Learned Friends (1978)
#6 Rumpole and the Heavy Brigade (1978)
#7 Rumpole and the Man of God (1979)
#8 Rumpole and the Case of Identity (1979)
#9 Rumpole and the Show Folk (1979)
#10 Rumpole and the Fascist Beast (1979)
#11 Rumpole and the Course of True Love (1979)
#12 Rumpole and the Age for Retirement (1979)
#13 Rumpole’s Return (1980)
#14 Rumpole and the Genuine Article (1983)
#15 Rumpole and the Golden Thread (1983)
#16 Rumpole and the Old Boy Net (1983)
#17 Rumpole and the Female of the Species (1983)
#18 Rumpole and the Sporting Life (1983)
#19 Rumpole and the Last Resort (1983)
#20 Rumpole and the Old, Old, Story (1987)
#21 Rumpole and the Blind Tasting (1987)
#22 Rumpole and the Official Secret (1987)
#23 Rumpole and the Judge’s Elbow (1987)
#24 Rumpole and the Bright Seraphim (1987)
#25 Rumpole’s Last Case (1987)
#26 Rumpole and the Bubble Reputation (1988)
#27 Rumpole and the Barrow Boy (1988)
#28 Rumpole and the Age of Miracles (1988)
#29 Rumpole and the Tap End (1988)
#30 Rumpole and Portia (1988)
#31 Rumpole and the Quality of Life (1988)
#32 Rumpole a la Carte (1991)
#33 Rumpole and the Summer of Discontent (1991)
#34 Rumpole and the Right to Silence (1991)
#35 Rumpole at Sea (1991)
#36 Rumpole and the Quacks (1991)
#37 Rumpole for the Prosecution (1991)
#38 Rumpole and the Children of the Devil (1992)
#39 Rumpole and the Miscarriage of Justice (1992)
#40 Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle (1992)
#41 Rumpole and the Reform of Joby Jonson (1992)
#42 Rumpole and the Family Pride (1992)
#43 Rumpole on Trial (1992)