The Antisocial Behaviour Of Horace Rumpole

Another adventure for John Mortimer's wily defender of our civil liberties.

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01Rumpole On Trial2008052820110603

Rumpole continues to weave his magic at the Old Bailey while remaining uneasy about exactly what Hilda is up to in her continuing friendship with a high court judge.

Horace Rumpole....Timothy West

Hilda Rumpole....Prunella Scales

Soapy Sam Ballard....Michael Cochrane

Bonny Bernard....Nicholas Le Prevost

Prosecutor Parkes....Roger May

Madam Chair of Magistrates....Jillie Mears

Graham Wetherby....David Holt

Lars Bergman....Matthew Morgan

Judge Bullingham....David Shaw-Parker

Fig Newton....Geoffrey Whitehead

Directed by Marilyn Imrie.

John Mortimer's two part Radio 4 Rumpole story brings us the magician of the Old Bailey at his implacable best as he defends our ancient freedoms, while remaining uneasy about exactly what his wife Hilda is up to in her continuing friendship with a high court judge

ASBOs may be the pride and joy of new Labour, but they don't cut much ice with Horace Rumpole; he takes the old fashioned view that if anyone is going to be threatened with a restriction of their liberty then some form of meaningful legal procedure ought to be put in place.

Not that Hilda agrees of course, but she's too busy completing her memoirs and planning a radical new career to dissuade him from taking an interest when one of the Timson children is given an ASBO for playing football in the street.

And if that wasn't enough, Rumpole's colleagues have voiced some rather prudish objections to the small cigars and glasses of red wine he enjoys in his room in Chambers.

They may even slap an ASBO on him, which won't help his cause of being appointed a QC at long last!

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Producer/Director: Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

Rumpole is uneasy about Hilda's continuing friendship with a high court judge.

02 LASTGoing For Silk2008052920110610

Having avoided an ASBO, Rumpole is hoping to become a QC at last as he prepares to defend a young man on a charge of murder.

Horace Rumpole....Timothy West

Hilda Rumpole....Prunella Scales

Bonny Bernard....Nicholas Le Prevost

Anna McKinnon....Jillie Mears

Police Doctor....Roger May

Prosecutor Noakes....Matthew Morgan

Judge Barnes....Geoffrey Whitehead

Graham Wetherby....David Holt

Detective Inspector Belfrage....David Shaw-Parker

Directed by Marilyn Imrie.

Having avoided an ASBO, Rumpole is hoping to become a QC at last as he prepares to defend a murder case.

Having avoided an ASBO, Rumpole is hoping to become a QC at last.