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Full List of Rumpole of the Bailey Episodes

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Below is a complete Rumpole of the Bailey episode list that spans the show's entire TV run. Photos from the individual Rumpole of the Bailey episodes are listed along with the Rumpole of the Bailey episode names when available, as are the dates of the original airing of the episode. Rumpole of the Bailey episodes from every season can be seen below, along with fun facts about who directed the episodes, the stars of the and sometimes even information like shooting locations and original air dates. This poll contains items like “Rumpole and the Younger Generation” and “Rumpole's Return.” Are you remembering a funny scene but can't think of the name that the Rumpole of the Bailey episode is from? Scroll below and you'll find what you're looking for.
  • 1

    Play for Today / Pilot (a.k.a Rumpole and the Confession of Guilt)

    Dec 16 1975
    Rumpole defends a Jamaican youth charged with attempted murder. Things look grim at first but then when Rumpole discovers the lad's secret he thinks he sees an opening....
  • 2

    Mortimer's Musings

    An interview with Rumpole's creator, John Mortimer....
  • 3

    Rumpole's Return

    Dec 30 1980
    Retirement on the East Coast of the Former Colonies, at Hilda's behest, is not proving to be Rumpole's cup of tea or his glass of Pommeroy's. The possibility of a trip to London comes up, and...
  • 4

    Rumpole and the Man of God

    May 29 1979
    Rumpole defends a vicar who is charged with stealing three shirts from a department store, but the troubled clergyman refuses to take the stand in his own defense. George Frobisher, who is in line to...
  • 5

    Rumpole and the Case of Identity

    Jun 05 1979
    With the Christmas season in full swing, Rumpole defends Dave Anstey on the charge of stabbing a sales assistant in an off-license. It seems to be a case of mistaken identity, but why does Dave's...
  • 6

    Rumpole and the Show Folk

    Jun 12 1979
    Rumpole travels to the north of England and practices his own theatricality in defense of Maggie Hartley, an actress accused of shooting her womanizing husband....
  • 7

    Rumpole and the Fascist Beast

    Jun 19 1979
    Rumpole defends Captain Rex Parkin, who is charged with inciting a riot by racist speeches. Rumpole also has a new pupil, one Latif Khan....
  • 8

    Rumpole and the Course of True Love

    Jun 26 1979
    Rumpole defends a flamboyanty romantic young schoolteacher who is accused of seducing a pupil.Meanwhile, Rumpole's colleague in chambers Guthrie Featherstone pursues his ambition of becoming a High...
  • 9

    Rumpole and the Age for Retirement

    Jul 03 1979
    Rumpole defends Percy Timson, a receiver of stolen property who has been framed for the theft of an important painting which is out of his league. Meanwhile, Rumpole's wife and son Nick (who is now a...
  • 10

    Rumpole's Return

    Dec 30 1980
    Retirement on the East Coast of the Former Colonies, at Hilda's behest, is not proving to be Rumpole's cup of tea or his glass of Pommeroy's. The possibility of a trip to London comes up, and...
  • 11

    Rumpole and the Genuine Article

    Oct 11 1983
    Rumpole defends Harold Brittling, an unsuccessful artist who has been charged with faking a major painting by the late Septimus Craig. But Brittling is remarkably relaxed about the case and seems to...
  • 12

    Rumpole and the Golden Thread

    Oct 18 1983
    Rumpole flies to Neranga, in Africa, to defend David Mazenze (his former law pupil) on a charge of murder. Rumpole meets with politcs, tribal hatred, and confusion - and his client seems to have no...
  • 13

    Rumpole and the Old Boy Net

    Oct 25 1983
    Rumpole welcomes a new pupil, the beautiful Fiona Allways, and together they defend Mr and Mrs Napier-Lee, who are charged with blackmail and with running an immoral house. But the Napier-Lees are...
  • 14

    Rumpole and the Female of the Species

    Nov 01 1983
    Rumpole defends Tony Timson, who is accused of driving the getaway car for a bungled robbery by the Molloy gang - a gang whose relationship with the Timsons is about as warm as that between the...
  • 15

    Rumpole and the Sporting Life

    Nov 08 1983
    Rumpole gets out into rural England when Fiona Allways persuades him to defend her sister Jennifer, charged with murdering her skirt-chasing husband....
  • 16

    Rumpole and the Last Resort

    Nov 15 1983
    Rumpole turns to his wife, Hilda, for help in getting a slippery solicitor to pay what he owes. Meanwhile, Rumpole is busy defending the owner of a caravan rental agency who is accused of fraud....
  • 17

    Rumpole and the Old, Old Story

    Jan 19 1987
    Rumpole defends a business man who is accused of trying to murder his partner. After a squabble with 'She Who Must Be Obeyed', Rumpole finally leaves home - but Hilda doesn't seem to miss him very...
  • 18

    Rumpole and the Blind Tasting

    Jan 26 1987
    Yet another of the Timsons needs Rumpole's services as an advocate, this time to answer charges of fencing stolen liquor. Rumpole accepts Ms Liz Probert - a radical left-wing activist - as a pupil,...
  • 19

    Rumpole and the Official Secret

    Feb 02 1987
    Rumpole defends an elderly woman charged under the Official Secrets Act - she is claimed to have have leaked (so to speak) information revealing excessive British government expenditure on tea....
  • 20

    Rumpole and the Judge's Elbow

    Feb 09 1987
    Rumpole defends a man charged with running massage parlours as brothels, and his former colleague in chambers Mr Justice Featherstone finds himself in an embarrassing position. The prospect of...
  • 21

    Rumpole and the Bright Seraphim

    Feb 16 1987
    Rumpole travels to West Germany to defend a British soldier facing a court-martial charged with the murder of his sergeant....
  • 22

    Rumpole's Last Case

    Feb 23 1987
    The Timsons are in trouble again, and in need of the services of their favourite 'brief'. The old firm is back in business, but as he unravels the mystery of who carried the gun in a bungled robbery...
  • 23

    Rumpole and the Bubble Reputation

    Nov 23 1988
    Rumpole fights a claim for libel filed by a woman writer against a low newspaper. Claude Erskine-Brown moves in with Rumpole after being photographed at a night-club of ill repute, to the fury of...
  • 24

    Rumpole and the Barrow Boy

    Nov 30 1988
    Young Nigel Timson has moved on from the world of East End villainy and is now working in financial services in the City of London. Rumpole is called on to defend Nigel against charges of insider...
  • 25

    Rumpole and the Age of Miracles

    Dec 07 1988
    Rumpole defends his clergyman nephew in an ecclesiastical court, against charges of adultery - of which the bishop takes a dim view. Rumpole's colleagues Ballard and Erskine-Brown appear for the...