Saturday, October 16, 2010

Rumpole of the Bailey Collection

There has never been a more perfect match of actor and character than actor Leo McKern and the cigar smoking, wine drinking London Barrister Horace Rumpole. The cases that Rumpole takes on in this 14-disc megaset are all interesting (if a bit dated at times, like the time he defends hippies on a pot charge), but the cases are secondary to the joy of watching McKern make Rumpole come alive. He’s a shark in the courtroom, a bit of a fool in chambers and slave to She Who Must Be Obeyed at home. Rumpole is one of the most complete characters ever developed in a series, and this set lets you watch McKern build it from the beginning.

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