Rumpole of the Bailey

AThames TelevisionforITVseries, intermittently from 1978 to 1992, following a one-offBBCdrama, focused on the professional and personal life of one Horace Rumpole, barrister at law (played by Leo McKern).

Rumpoles unhealthy personal habits, disdain for societal expectation, and general sharp-tongued iconoclasm earn him few marks among his peers or family. Despite his successes, he is something of an embarrassment to his class-conscious chambers. At home, he has to endure the well-meaning haranguing of his wife, semi-affectionately referred to by Horace as She Who Must Be Obeyed, a reference to theH. Rider Haggardnovel

; one of Rumpoles simple vices is a love of English literature. Although ostensibly mysteries in many cases, the cases he undertakes are very unlike the standard Whodunnit,Agatha Christiemurder mystery in some cases, Rumpoles task is merely to prove how his client didnt commit the crime (more often assault, fraud or theft than out-and-out murder) rather than ferret out the true culprit (although he frequently does so anyway). And, like theSherlock Holmescycle, sometimes no crime has really been committed at all.

Yet Rumpole is his own man, and holds dearly to those rules he considers inviolate. Despite the detriment to his career, he

prosecutes. His job is to secure a not guilty, and this he does with extreme regularity, even if it means antagonizing judges, refusing to make deals, or uncovering more than his client would prefer revealed in court.

The show often strikes a well-balanced, perceptive note between the often ridiculous emphasis to which society demands the

of moral behaviour, and how it differs from the common sense, deeply personal, and more authentic morality represented by Rumpole. His mildly amused contempt for the trappings of polite society only serve to highlight his profoundly ethical nature.

The character is loosely based on the actual courtroom career of barrister Sir John Mortimer CBE QC, Rumpoles creator and author, who often took on controversial and lost hope causes (such as defending theSex Pistolsuse of the word Bollocks on the cover of their one and only album he won by proving the wordhad been used in common and cherished literature as far backasChaucer).

John Mortimer adapted many of the shows episodes into book form, and after the show was cancelled continued to write and publish new Rumpole stories, which frequently featured plotsRipped from the Headlines, or as close to it as you can get for a book. Many Rumpole stories have also been adapted for.

Accidental Misnaming: Phyllida (Trant) Erskine-Brown keeps having to correct people who think her name is Phyllis.

Accuse the Witness: This seems to be Rumpoles favorite tactic, from very early in his career as revealed in

Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders

. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt. However he always makes sure he has evidence to back up these attacks first.

Against My Religion: Frequently invoked/joked about: whatever religion Rumpole follows, it forbids prosecuting and pleading guilty (unless he knows for a fact that the client did it

if the judge is sympathetic and the client wont get jail time).

The books, though they began as adaptations of the TV series, had some very minor differences from the series, and kept being published long after the series had ended.

The recent BBC Radio 4 plays featuring Benedict Cumberbatch. They feature a much younger Rumpole, but they are all reworked stories from the television series that featured Leo McKerns much older Rumpole.

Always Murder: A rare exception to the rule for mystery stories. Very rarely does someone actually end up dead in Rumpoles cases in fact the very first story revolved around a random 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).

Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In the

episode, Rumpole slowly realizes that thats how his son regards them.

Amoral Attorney: Vanishingly few; most of the lawyers we meet are at worst sanctimonious hypocrites.

Featherstone and Ballard prefer prosecution or civil work to defense, and as such when they are assigned to be defense counsel they rarely apply themselves; they dont do their own investigations or even bother to cross-examine witnesses for fear of upsetting the judge, unlike Rumpole who does everything he can to make sure his clients have a fighting chance.

The solicitor Perrivale Blythe in Rumpole and the Last Resort fits this rather well; he never pays his bills to barristers hoping to wait until the barrister dies and then settle for a small percentage with the grieving widow and engages in some other questionable business with his clients besides.

Even Rumpole falls in to this from time to time. He uses Phyllidas naivety against her causing her to lose an open and shut case (her first prosecution), and then when she became a Recorder (part time judge) he arranged to sit on one of his cases, clearly hoping for an unfair advantage.

Arch-Enemy: Many judges dont like Rumpole, but none are so vehement in their dislike as Judge Roger Bullingham, known to Rumpole as the Mad Bull. He doesnt like defense barristers in general, but he has a special contempt for Rumpole.

Artistic License Law: Averted. This is noted as one of the most realistic legal dramas ever produced. The writer and creator John Mortimer, QC was an actual practicing barrister in addition to being a writer, and thus knew legal life, extremely well. He would get up at 4:00 in the morning to write the scripts and then go to work at court. He eventually retired from the Bar to focus on writing full time.

Awful Wedded Life: Rumpole and Hilda really dont get along. How this is subverted to an extent as Hilda mentions that they tried to be a family for Nicks sake when he was a boy.

Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: They may fight and argue but in Rumpoles words theyd rather have war together than a lonely peace. There are several indications that Hilda is secretly proud of her husband, despite her loud disappointment thats he not a judge or a QC, although shed 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 didnt want to be alone.

Bad Boss: Sam Ballard as Head of Chambers. Hes extremely judgmental about what choices his colleagues make in their personal and professional lives,

Rumpole. He obsesses over very petty matters in Chambers, and his greatest concern is the public reputation and image of Chambers. On many occasions hes tried to force Rumpole out, so his office can be taken by a more financially lucrative or respectable barrister.

Rumpole executes a magnificent one in Rumpole and the Last Resort.

The gambit was focused on the solicitor Blythe, who at once owed Rumpole nearly 2,500 in fees going back as ten years earlier (at a time when Rumpole was late on his utility bills and overdrawn at his bank) and was a material witness in the fraud case he was defending. Blythe was known to hold out payment to barristers until they died, then wheedle the widow into settling the payment for a small fraction of the original fee. On top of that, Blythe had a tendency to have just slipped out of the office every time somebody called the office; he was more or less nowhere to be found. After Rumpole fails to convince Judge Bullingham to grant an adjournment in the fraud case to find Blythe, he decides tofake his own death: he collapses in the middle of his application to Bullingham, sends a message to Chambers (supposedly from his wife) informing them that he is dead, and hides in his house for some time (possibly a week or more) until Blythe shows up at the door, offering Mrs. Rumpole the same pittance of a settlement he usually offered. She declines, forces him to sign a check for the exact amount Rumpole was owed, and then lets inPrivate DetectiveFig Newton, who hands Blythe a subpoena. Finally, when Blythe is forced to take the stand and the fraud case recommences, Bullingham starts something of a eulogy for Rumpole. At this point, Rumpole appears in the courtroom and begins his questioning of a terrified Blythe. In the meantime, Chambers had gotten rather excited by the prospect of the death of Rumpole, with Soapy Sam trying to use it as an excuse to take on Guthrie Featherstones well-connected nephew, and Claude Erskine-Brown hoping to take possession of Rumpoles umbrella stand: all of which Rumpole heard about and used to make a point about his Chambers.

Rumpole executes a few on Ballard, most notably in Rumpole and the Age of Miracles, where he tricks Soapy Sam, sitting in judgment in an ecclesiastical court, that the ghost of a saint that supposedly haunts the hotel where they are staying is warning the judge in the case (i.e. Ballard) of a great injustice to come.

The trick Liz Probert pulls on Claude Erskine-Brown falls under this, as well (seeMistaken for Gaybelow).

A nasty one is played on Rumpole in Rumpole and the Golden Thread, where hes called to a fictional African nation to defend a former student of his from a capital charge by a corrupt government. He finds his client surprisingly uncooperative despite the stakes, but nonetheless keeps investigating and finds the evidence that will clear his name. Unfortunately,

the alibi that proves his clients innocence is proof of his second marriage with a woman from a different ethnic group. Rumpoles client was actually counting on being condemned, which would have caused his faction to revolt and break him out of prison, but instead the knowledge of the love affair results in him being killed by his own people shortly after being acquitted. The government was counting on Rumpole to find and use the evidence of innocence, as this way they got to have the appearance of a fair trial yet eliminate a thorn in their side while keeping their own hands clean.

Hilda and Liz Probert join forces in the final episode, Rumpole on Trial, to trick Rumpole out of giving up his career. All it takes is

Hilda detailing all the things theyre going to do together now that hes retired

Benevolent Boss: Guthrie Featherstone, when he was Head of Chambers in the first two series. He had a much more friendly relationship with Rumpole and the other barristers than Sam Ballard ever did.

Boarding School: Because Rumpole went to a third-rate public school, he doesnt have an Old Boy Net which turns out to be why Sam Ballard (who went to Marlborough, as did Featherstone) becomes Head of Chambers instead of Rumpole.

Brilliant, but Lazy: Rumpole is a fantastic barrister and advocate, but his practice is noted to have frequent lulls, and by his own admission he knows little about actual law. If he applied himself or expanded into other areas, hed be much more financially secure (his bank account is often overdrawn).

British Brevity: The series aired from 1978 to 1992 for a grand total of 42 episodes broadcast over seven series, and one feature-length special aired between series two and three, plus the pilot aired on BBC in 1975.

Brotherhood of Funny Hats: In Rumpole and the Right to Silence, he finds that the city of Gunster is dominated by the Ancient Order of Ostlers (described as like the Freemasons, only more so), who have a secret grip and swear by the Great Blacksmith and Forger of the Universe.

Bulungi: Narenga, a Central African Commonwealth Realm with complex and often deadly tribal politics, in Rumpole and the Golden Thread. One of Rumpoles old pupils, who has become Minister of the Interior, invites Rumpole to defend him in a case of capital murder; the absence of a jury an institution abolished by the British during the colonial period drives Rumpole mad.

Butt-Monkey: If somebody is getting the short end of the stick, you can bet good money that its either Claude Erskine-Brown, Guthrie Featherstone, or Sam Ballard.

Claude and Phyllida Erskine-Browns wedding cake at the end of Rumpole and the Course of True Love features the groom in a barristers gown and clerical bands and the bride in a wedding dressand both in barristers wigs.

In Rumpole and the Quality of Life, the cake at Sam Ballards wedding to Marguerite Matey Plumstead, Matron of the Old Bailey, is topped with a man in barristers garb and a woman dressed as an old-fashioned nurse in a blue gown, white apron with red cross, and white hat.

Cant Hold His Liquor: Samuel Soapy Sam Ballard, QC, gets absolutely blotto as in fall-on-the-floor, cant-remember-how-many-drinks-hes had, crazy

after a mere five small glasses of sherry.

Cant Live With Them, Cant Live Without Them: The ever-antagonistic Rumpoles may not love each other, exactly, but they occasionally show signs of a deep-seated loyalty. Horace learns to dance to make Hilda happy; Hilda fiercely defends Horace in Rumpole on Trial; and they prove themselves unbeatable when they join forces in theBatman Gambitdiscussed above.

Rumpole has the Golden Thread of British justice and never plead guilty as personal mantras.

Percy Hoskins 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.

Celibate Hero: 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 beenMistaken for Cheating. 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.

Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Just about every episode title.

A literal one occurs in Rumpole and the Fascist Beast. The gun is in the titular fascist beasts shed, where he keeps birds, hidden under the bird seed.

He commits suicide after his acquittal leads to the local chapter of the party an obvious stand-in for the BNP unseating him.

Another literalChekhovs Gunappears in

; whilst demonstrating with a gun in court, Rumpole notices that the hammer is extremely prone to going off accidentally when cocked, which becomes relevant when the defendant testifies to the gun going off accidentally in self defence.

Subverted when itsrevealedthe defendant did actually murder the victim in cold blood and was just very good at covering her tracks.

Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After actor Richard Murdochs death in 1990, Uncle Tom vanished without an explanation.

Cloudcuckoolander: Uncle Tom, who hasnt had a brief in anyones 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.)

Cold Cash: Or rather, cold silver; Rumpole and the Blind Tasting begins with the police going through one of the Timsons freezers and finding Georgian silver tableware in bags of frozen peas.

Comically Missing the Point: 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 itd be easier for him to become a QC if he were a woman, Ballard replied, I think thats very silly. I mean Claude Erskine-Brown couldnt possibly be a woman, could he? So he might just as well forget the idea and settle down to being himself.

Comic-Book Time: Rumpole is somewhere in his mid-sixties when first introduced, and never really gets any older. (See theOther Wiki

for a detailed rundown of the series flexible chronology.) Strangely, this only applies to Rumpole and his wife. The young female lawyer introduced just passing the bar in the first stories is an experienced judge in late middle age by the end, and many other characters also age, retire, and so forth.

Common Nonsense Jury: Rumpole a la Carte. Rumpole all but openly advocates a nullificatory verdict (the prosecution had objectively proved its case by any reasonable standard health-code violations at restaurants are strict-liability offenses requiring only a showing that the offending item was present in the restaurant, and nobody doubted that a live mouse had been present on a plate of food at that restaurant). He wins.

Commuting on a Bus: Guthrie and Phyllida, after the first two series. Their actors had other commitments but they still mananged to appear in every season in some compacity.

Continuity Nod: Several, especially later in the series. They often occur when a character who was formerly a regular but now isnt (e.g. Guthrie Featherstone or Phyllida Trant) shows up.

Court-Martialed: 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 hes used to operating in.

Courtroom Antic: A major part of Rumpoles arsenal; when hes invited to lecture on law in one episode, one of his colleagues remarks that he knows very little about law but everything there is to know about how to distract the jury while ones opponent is summing up. And unlike most seen on television, they generally arent the sort of thing that could get one charged with contempt of court; Mortimer was a practicing lawyer and knew just what you could reasonably expect to get away with in a court of law.

A Day in Her Apron: Rumpole faces a more realistic form of this when Hilda takes industrial action in The Summer of Discontent. The house doesnt get enough time to go to pot, butRumpole sets fire to his beef.

A Day in the Limelight: Hildas Story, collected in

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

Phyllida Erskine-Brown is also very good at this possibly a function of having been trained by Rumpole.

And under Mortimers pen, everyone gets this. See, for instance, this bit from Rumpole and Portia:

That would seem to make the departure of Uncle Tom even

Defeat Means Friendship: Rumpoles underhand defeat of Phyllida Trant in their first courtroom encounter in

. Referred to quite a bit in later episodes.

Description Cut: 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…

Dirty Cop: Detective Inspector Dirty Dickerson of Rumpole and the Learned Friends, who runs a sort ofprotection racketwith the minor villains in his area of South London (usually by planting evidence of some crime whether or not they committed it and thenblackmailingthem with it) and is all too happy to perjure himself.

Downer Ending: Several examples, but few with long-lasting consequences. One of the most notable occurs at the end of Rumpole and the Man of God, where Rumpoles involvement in a case long ago causes him to permanently fall out with George Frobisher, who had consistently been Rumpoles best friend up to that point in the series. In his later appearances, Frobisher is noticeably frostier and more curt with Rumpole, the only barrister to whom he had been close enough that they were on first-name terms.

A glass of the old cooking wine: Pommeroys Plonk, Pommeroys Very Ordinary, Chateau Thames Embankment, Chateau Fleet Street, all names for Rumpoles trademark 2-a-bottle claret.

As for Mrs. Rumpole, shell have a gin and tonic.

Henry the clerk is portrayed as ordering a pale, peculiar drink with a lemon slice floating in it at Pommeroys Wine Bar (Rumpole and the Last Resort); its Dubonnet and lemonade.

Claude Erskine-Brown fancies himself a wine connoisseur (Rumpole and the Blind Tasting).

Soapy SamCant Hold His Liquor, and is thus often found drinking sparkling water.

Driven to Suicide: One of the characters in Rumpole and the Official Secret winds up

Dysfunctional Family: the Rumpoles (particularly obvious in the original teleplay, which was darker in tone than the later episodes).

Eek, a Mouse!!: In Rumpole a la Carte. Admittedly, a plate in a three-Michelin-star restaurant is the last place you would expect to find a live mouse, but do you

have to stand on your chair and shriek?

Erskine-Brown. Rumpole exhibits unbridled joy reciting it when

he learns it just before his cross-examination of Erskine-Brown in Rumpole a la Carte

Exact Words: Phyllida Erskine-Brown to Sam Ballard: Im leaving the Bar.

Hilda does this to Rumpole when she suspects him of having a fling with the young girlfriend of an elderly artist. Unfairly; he was just at a pub to collect evidence.

Rumpole exiles himself after a particular disastrous night at the Scales of Justice Ball, where he tells a blue story that offends both Hilda and the prudish Welsh judge he was sitting next to. He ends up living in chambers for a while, to Ballards displeasure, forcing him to move in with the Erskine-Browns. Eventually the Erskine-Browns get fed up with him (and he gets fed up with young Tristan and Isolde Erskine-Browns incessant complaints about his smoking), and he ends his self-imposed exile… but not before he forces Ballard to spend a night at chambers himself.

Claude Erskine-Brown eventually is himself forced to live with Rumpole after the Kitten a-Go-Go flap (Rumpole and the Bubble Reputation); at first Hilda takes great delight in annoying Rumpole with Erskine-Browns holier-than-thou habits, but she eventually tires of his incessant playing of opera tapes.

. And the entire scheme serves as the setup to one TVs greatestOverly Preprepared Gagmoments:

Rumpole, after its revealed hes alive: It must have come as a huge relief for those who heard Rumpole had kicked the bucket, to hear he had just turned a little pail.

Fawlty Towers Plot: A good number of the B-Plots fall into this category. The one about sexual harassment in Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle fits particularly well.

Female Misogynist: During one of his complaints about the various unreasonable judges he has to work with, Rumpole singles out a female judge as a worse male chauvinist than any of the men.

Feuding Families: The Timsons and the Molloys, two families of South London villians who have not been on speaking terms ever since a Molloy betrayed a Timson in the Streatham Co-op Robbery. More than once in the series, the police attempt to use a Molloy as agrassto get the goods on a Timson, rarely with good results.

Fiery Redhead: Phyllida (Trant) Erskine-Brown and the first Liz Probert (played by Samantha Bond).

At the beginning of the series, Claude Erskine-Brown is a somewhat pompous but nevertheless effective barrister with a thriving civil practice. By the end, hes an incompetent and completely un-self-aware mpshadedwhen Erskine-Brown complains to Rumpole about how hes been reduced to scraping the bottom of your [i.e. Rumpoles] barrel. Also, at the beginning of the series, Erskine-Brown is an all-around devotee of classical music in general and opera in particular, whereas at the end he focuses exclusively on Wagner.

Mr. Justice Oliphant went from mentioning common sense and his bluntNorthernheritage once or twice a trial to practically every line.

Flaw Exploitation: Phyllida Erskine-Brown exploits Sam Ballards sexual hypocrisy in order to get Claude his promotion to QC.

Florence Nightingale Effect: How Marguerite (Matey) gets Sam Ballard to marry her.

Forging the Will: One story revolves around a forged will; Rumpole is retained by the true beneficiary to represent her in challenging the false will. (Hes initially reluctant to venture into a civil court case, but he cant resist a good forgery.)

Former Teen Rebel: 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.

For Your Own Good: In Rumpole and the Reform of Joby Jonson, Sam Ballard, in an uncharacteristicHurricane of Puns, kindly explains to Claude Erskine-Brown that no, he couldnt possibly recommend Claude for promotion to QC. The result is an equally uncharacteristicWhat the Hell, Hero?.

, run by Jean-Pierre OHiggins, in Rumpole a la Carte is an epitome but its not

so stuffy after Rumpole defends him.

Friendly Enemy: The members of Number 3, Equity Court often find themselves on opposite sides of a case, but are friendly enough to each other, usually.

Gilligan Cut: In Rumpole at Sea, Hilda wants to take a sea cruise. Rumpole doesnt. He tells her to get one thing clear, that he is

going on any cruise, no, no, NO… [ships foghorn blows].

Good Lawyers, Good Clients: Subverted. While it is true that almost all of Rumpoles clients that we see are in fact innocent of the crime theyre on trial for, they are very frequently guilty of some other crime. This is particularly true of the Timsons, a clan of South Londonminor villainswho make their living off of petty larceny andfencing, and whose fees seem to pay a fair chunk of Rumpoles own bills. Theres also more than oneDowner Endingwhere Rumpoles client tells him

hes got them off that they were in fact guilty and thanks to the double jeopardy rule theres nothing he can do about it.

Got Me Doing It: Rumpole repeatedly calls the young Charles Hearthstoke Hearthrug. At one point, he does it in front of Mr Justice Featherstone, who once follows suit.

Most season finales where written in a way to wrap up the show, because Leo McKern, although he enjoyed the role, wanted to avoid typecasting and was frustrated how it seemed to overshadow his other works (much like Alec Guinness with Star Wars), but John Mortimer convinced him to keep coming back. The ultimate finale was Rumpole on Trial, where all of the cast main and supporting reunite for a party, at the end.

, Rumpole makes a serious attempt to become a QC, because his client wants a QC, and only a QC to defend him.

He doesnt get it because during a cross examination he implied that a Home Office official was connected to a prostitution ring much to anger of the presiding judge, who happens to be on the Committee that grants applications for QCs.

Hanging Judge: Most of the judges Rumpole encounters are

impartial. They tend to act as a second prosecutor.

Mr Justice Roger the Mad Bull Bullingham

Rumpole and the Sporting Life features an unusual and literal example in the elderly Mr Justice Twyburne, who once sentenced a man to hang for killing a policeman.

The man was later proven innocent, a fact which has preyed on Twyburnes conscience ever since.

Hangover Sensitivity: Theres at least one episode of wherein Rumpole, after a night of carousing with Henry the clerk, has to come in to court shading his eyes.

Happy Ending Massage: Rumpole and the Judges Elbow. Featherstone, presiding in this case, thinks he went to a parlor where these were provided, although he didnt partake and wasnt even aware of the possibility.Hilarity Ensues.

Harmless Villain: The Timson clan, 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.

Rumpole. His nickname for Hilda is She Who Must Be Obeyed.

Claude Erskine-Brown is in the same boat, but Phyllida tries to be subtler about it.

And Guthrie Featherstone, whose wife is constantly pushing him to the next-higher position.

High-Class Call Girl: Played with in Rumpole and the Old Boy Net: Rumpoles clients were a middle-aged couple who ran a brothel for a high-class clientele. None of the actual prostitutes were in any way significant, and they werent call girls (working as they were at a brothel), but the general idea (of a high-class prostitute) applies.

Holier Than Thou: Sam Ballard. One wonders why he didnt become a cleric instead of a barrister.

The Humphrey: Rumpole is a heroic variation- he knows and exploits the politics and follies of the legal system, but tries to pursue justice when possible.

Hunting Accident: Rumpole and the Sporting Life revolves around a death that may have been murder or a genuine hunting accident.

I Coulda Been a Contender!: Rumpole is a variation in that his wife is disappointed that he hasnt achieved greater financial and career success, nor become head of chambers like her father was. Rumpole, on the other hand, is perfectly happy where he is, and has no interest in becoming a Queer Customer or Circus Judge.

In Da Club: Bizarrely and briefly. Phyllida Trant talks Claude Erskine-Brown (then just her boyfriend) into going to a fairly typical disco club after what was for her a thoroughl