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    Rumpole of the Bailey


    by cg it ·

    Anyone here a fan of Rumpole of the Bailey BBS show staring Leo McKern?

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    • #3112492

      I was many years ago

      by oz_media ·

      In reply to Rumpole of the Bailey

      There were SO many great shows like that at one time. Now the only hope is putting up with 40 minutes of pledge drives for every 20 minute segment of good British Comedy each hour on PBS.

      What about Dad’s Army, the best!!! On the Buses? Good Neighbours (absolutely priceless that one!!).

    • #3112489

      other BBS shows

      by cg it ·

      In reply to Rumpole of the Bailey


      Mostly watch Dr. Who [on PBS] Mystery [before Diana Riggs].

      Don’t remember Dad’s Army, On the Buses or Good Neighbors [though Good Neighbors rings a bell for me].

      Inspector Morse was a favorite.

      Sherlock Holmes with Basil Rathbone is my all time favorite. Just got the complete collection on DVD along with Rumple of the Bailey seasons 1 and 2.

      • #3112433

        Are You Being Served?

        by tig2 ·

        In reply to other BBS shows

        One of the very best. Molly Sugden and John Inman are priceless as is Wendy Richard.

        For the more (or less) technically inclined, Red Dwarf is FAB! And if your bent is history, I love Black Adder.

        Dr. Who is a requirement and you are missing a bet if you have never seen Good Neighbours. Richard Briars and Penelope Keith are wonderful as a couple who have quit their London lives to “live off the land”. You won’t find better- the show is a stitch!

        • #3112428

          the good life

          by stephencairns ·

          In reply to Are You Being Served?

          Richard Briars and Penelope Keith that was The Good Life wanst it?

        • #3112330

          Yes! As a Brit, I was honour bound to correct that one!

          by gadgetgirl ·

          In reply to the good life

          The Good Life – Felicity Kendal, Richard Briers, Penelope Keith and the late Paul Eddington. Tom and Barbara Good “living off the land” in the middle of suburbia. Best episode for me was the Xmas one, where Harrods didn’t “deliver Xmas” so Margo cancelled the entire event. Priceless.

          Good neighbours? Don’t know that one. Do you mean Love Thy Neighbour by any chance? Rudolph Walker starred (stole the show) – he who is currently in Eastenders.

          Love Rumpole – Leo McKern was one good actor, with a terrific sense of humour, on screen and off. The original beginning of the phrase “She Who Must Be Obeyed”.

          Having had numerous repeats of Dads Army and Are You Being Served shoved down our throats for years now, I’m now avoiding those like the plague….I’m almost word perfect.

          But if they start showing “Some Mothers” again, the telly really will go out of the window….!

          oh – and if they don’t start repeating Dave Allen shows, I will be highly miffed……very funny, very clever guy. I hope his God went with him.


        • #3112326

          She Who Must Be Obeyed

          by neilb@uk ·

          In reply to Yes! As a Brit, I was honour bound to correct that one!

          was first coined by H. Rider Haggard in “She”. Sorry, babe, gotta get it right, you know. (NITS ™, famed for our accuracy)

          Rumpole is on, I think, ITV3 at the moment. My favourites are where he before Judge Bullingham – Mad Bull – priceles stuff!

          I always hated “Are you being served” – the humour is too simple and “in yer face”, camp crap from Inman and a dozen “Mrs Slocum’s pu$$y jokes”.

          I saw a few clips of “Love thy Neighbour” in a documentary and I’d forgotten what it was like. They wouldn’t be able to show it in these PC days – racist? Whew!

          Dave Allen was someone who got it absolutely right. One of my favourites from the Apartheit days in South Africa:

          A black guy is on his knees in a Dutch Reformed Church. On the door there’s a “no blacks” sign. Allen, as a DRC pastor comes in, and asks what he is doing there in breach of the colour bar. The guy explains that he’s just scrubbing the floor.

          “Alright” says Dave Allen’s pastor in a cod-South African accent. “Just don’t let me catch you praying”.

          I’m not really sure that anyone is brave enough to repeat his stuff unedited but I do hope so.

          Neil 😀

        • #3112324

          are you absolutely sure about Haggard?

          by heml0ck ·

          In reply to She Who Must Be Obeyed

          I read it not too long ago and don’t recall the “who must be obeyed part.”

          Then again, they say the memory is the first thing to go…..

        • #3112321


          by neilb@uk ·

          In reply to are you absolutely sure about Haggard?

 is probably the simplest reference or . I remember it from the 1960’s movie with Ursula Andress as Ayesha which was repeated not so long ago on our TCM channel.

        • #3112318

          okay, I give!

          by heml0ck ·

          In reply to are you absolutely sure about Haggard?

          now if only I could find my car keys….

        • #3112312

          Another TCM-ite!

          by gadgetgirl ·

          In reply to are you absolutely sure about Haggard?

          Wahey! It’s not just me, then…….!!

          (btw, apols for the mis-truth, but I was SURE it was Rumpole who said it first….!!)

          Now, if I could just get TCM to stop showing bloomin’ Elvis movies on wet weekends, I’d be a happy bunny. There have been a few good films on recently, but I’m b*ggered if I can recall the names…the one with Alec Guiness, treating a pier as a ship at sea; Torpedo Run, Operation Pacific…

          Wonder if they take requests? (our local ITV station used to, years ago) If so, San Demetrio, London, please….. true story, only amended to protect one person….that Pa knew…so got the real story..

          Oh, hell, Neil, I just wanna go home and watch TCM all day now!! It’s all your fault!! ]:)

          (hmm. Complete with gin, tonic, lime, no ice, thanks….) :p


        • #3111953

          Dave Allen

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Yes! As a Brit, I was honour bound to correct that one!

          First of all, yes The Good Life was renamed good Neighbours in North America.

          Dad’s Army, if ONLY they woul dshow some old repeats, we haven’t had a Canadian fix in over a decade.

          Dave Allen, now there’s one I miss!!

        • #3112729

          Rumpole of the bailey

          by jw1ls5n0129 ·

          In reply to Yes! As a Brit, I was honour bound to correct that one!

          of all the TV shows I can remember one that was on the UK TV only once and it was an American TV
          show with Nancy Sinatra ,Frank ,Dean , Sammy, and Lee, the show was Yellow Balloon and was a
          lot of dollars to put the show to-gether ,what
          happened to it ? and these boots were made for walking ,it was one of America’s finest. One thing I still have the 78rpm record of it.

        • #3112297

          As it aired in the UK

          by tig2 ·

          In reply to the good life

          Unfortunately, in the US there was already a programme by that name so it was changed to Good Neighbours. In every other way it remained identical to “The Good Life”.

          That is actually how you can tell if someone saw the BBC run or the PBS run. I only ever saw it on PBS.

        • #3111956

          Yes and No

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to the good life

          The Good Life was the European name, of course in North America they called it Good Neighbours.

        • #3112254

          Good Neighbors

          by cg it ·

          In reply to Are You Being Served?

          With all the posts about it, its time to see Good Neighbors.

          Didn’t really think anyone would remember Rumpole of the Bailey. Just goes to show.

      • #3112325

        don’t forget..

        by heml0ck ·

        In reply to other BBS shows

        She Who Must Be Obeyed!

        ~note to self: read ENTIRE thread before inserting foot!~

    • #3112317

      Yep, right here, I even have all the books

      by deadly ernest ·

      In reply to Rumpole of the Bailey

      and waiting for the series to come out on DVD locally, missed the tapes.

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      by neilb@uk ·

      In reply to Rumpole of the Bailey

      I now have that bassoon theme tune running around in my head…

      Dum Dum Dum Duuum Dum….


    • #3112743


      by half9 ·

      In reply to Rumpole of the Bailey

      that was a great series to watch, we are a bit spoilt here in N.Z with UKTV, The Good Life, Dads Army, Touch of Frost Fauty Towers,to name a few, most of the good british stuff,,One I would love to watch again is A Bit of a Do. Mind, Grumpy Old Men is a good watch, And they are going to show The Worst Week of my Life again next month. most can be found on the net.Have to have my UKTV

      • #3111272


        by steve.holiman ·

        In reply to rumpole

        My all-time favorite of the BBC comedies is “Butterflies” with Wendy Craig and Geoffrey Palmer – OUTSTANDING casting, and I swear the series was ghost-written by Sartre …

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