Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Rumpole Of The Bailey
Rumpole Of The Bailey, a tv character and star of a series of books by John Mortimer. His shining hour was acting alone and without a leader in the notorious Penge Bungalow murder trial, his knowledge of bloodstains was legendary down at the Old Bailey. Drinker of Pommeroy's Chateau Thames Embankment and married to She Who Must Be Obeyed, the feared Hilda.
Played on TV by Leo McKern and on radio by Maurice Denham and Timothy West, the Sherlock Holmes actor Benedict Cumberbatch also played a young Rumpole in one of the latter episodes.
Horace Rumpole had Chambers at 3 Equity Court, London.
The last TV series was in 1992 and the last book published in 2009. Leo McKern died in 2002 and John Mortimer in 2009, so it's unlikely we'll see him again, I do miss the old darling.