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Drama20160328

By John Mortimer. Adapted for radio by Richard Stoneman.

Following in the footsteps of several distinguished former Rumpoles - Leo McKern, Maurice Denham, Timothy West and Benedict Cumberbatch - Julian Rhind-Tutt, one of Radio 4's most popular actors and much loved star of TV's Green Wing and The Hour, now dons the wig and white bands of the most erudite, astute, and seldom defeated of barristers in the annals of the Old Bailey.

After waking up with a raging tooth-ache, Rumpole finds himself in no mood to listen to his boring client Reginald Tring, who's accused of the manslaughter of his wife. As Reginald drones on with his mind-numbing evidence, Rumpole suffers throughout the trial, and argues even more angrily than usual with Mr Justice Gwent-Evans. And, when Rumpole accuses the judge of deliberately misleading the jury, Gwent-Evans warns him in no uncertain terms about his future conduct.

Rumpole finds himself on trial, with the end of his career in sight.

But, luckily for Horace, he has Phillida on his side. She goes searching for the truth, and galvanises not only Rumpole's defending counsel - Soapy Sam Ballard QC - but also Rumpole's wife.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

Drama20160329

By John Mortimer. Adapted for radio by Richard Stoneman.

Following in the footsteps of several distinguished former Rumpoles - Leo McKern, Maurice Denham, Timothy West and Benedict Cumberbatch - Julian Rhind-Tutt, one of Radio 4's most popular actors and much loved star of TV's Green Wing and The Hour, now dons the wig and white bands of the most erudite, astute, and seldom defeated of barristers in the annals of the Old Bailey.

Rumpole's long-suffering wife Hilda - She Who Must Be Obeyed - narrates a fascinating tale of murder and romance that Horace would prefer to remain untold.

An instructing solicitor, Daniel Newcombe, asks Rumpole to defend a young man, Michael Skelton, who's accused of bludgeoning his father to death with a golf club. Hilda finds Daniel to be everything that Horace is not - well-groomed, charming, sensitive and complimentary.

After being wooed over lunch, she agrees to act as Daniel's 'spy', reporting back on Rumpole's defence preparations. However, when Hilda realises that Daniel is hiding the truth from her, and from everyone involved in the murder case, she's forced to consider whose side she ought to be on.

Hilda narrates the whole story with a refreshing honesty and witty candour that we thought only her husband could manage, and reveals a passionate and frustrated side, as Rumpole catches a glimpse of the true nature of his wife.

Cast:

Horace Rumpole....Julian Rhind-Tutt

Hilda Rumpole....Jasmine Hyde

Daniel Newcombe....Stuart McQuarrie

Claude Erskine-Brown - Nigel Anthony

Mr Justice Graves....Stephen Critchlow

Mrs Beazley....Cathy Sara

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19801008]

Unknown: John Mortimer

Directed By: Ian Cotterell

Rumpole: Maurice Denham

Hilda: Margot Boyd

Henry: Haydn Wood

Guthrie Featherstone: Michael Spice

Mr Tonkin: Christopher Scott

Jackie Jason: Dilys Lave

Sam: Sion Probert

Dora: Eve Karpf

Buster: Graham Faulkner

Rosemary: Jenny Lee

Henry Arthur Spong: Brian Haines

Gerald Gaunt: John Bott

Inspector Salter: Michael McStay

Judge: Norman Shelley

Frederick Jason: Gordon Reid

Genome: [r4 Bd=19801015]

Unknown: John Mortimer

Director: Ian Cotterell

Arranged By: Peter Howell

Rumpole: Maurice Denham

Hilda: Margot Boyd

Percy Timson: Alfie Bass

Noreen Timson: Peggy Paige

Det-Insp Broome: Alexander John

Erskine-Brown: Brian Carroll

Mr Rowland: Godfrey Kenton

Mr Justice Vosper: Robert Harris

ViTimson: Josie Kidd

Phillida Trant: Amanda Murray

Bertie Timson: Michael Elphick

Fred Timson: John Church

Guthrie Featherstone: Michael Spice

Judge George Frobisher: Denys Hawthorne

Uncle Tom: Patrick Barr

Henry: Naydn Wood

Rumpole And The Perils Of The Sea1980100819801006

and the Perils of the Sea (Details: Wed 10.30 pm)

and the Perils of the Sea The 12th in a series of 13 plays by JOHN MORTIMER in which Horace Rumpole, barrister-at-law, leaves London to sit behind his Head of Chambers in a provincial Court and is faced with mysterious happenings among the weekend sailors, with and Directed by IAN COTTERELL

01Drama20150703

The return of Benedict Cumberbatch in the first of a new series of four Rumpole stories. Written by John Mortimer and adapted by Richard Stoneman.

Rumpole comes close to giving up the law when forced to consider the path his life has taken by a combination of his attraction to his pupil Phillida, an unsettling case involving an Irish terrorist and a devoted father and son, and a visit from an old flame of Hilda's.

But the love shown by a client's son for his father convinces Rumpole that he can't simply quit as husband, parent - or as Old Bailey hack.

The question of what makes a good parent runs throughout the whole episode, with Rumpole asking himself if he's turning into a bad father, especially in comparison with his client.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

Produced by Catherine Bailey

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

01The Confession Of Guilt20110418 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack recalls the case of an immigrant accused of wounding.

Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

The Old Bailey hack recalls the case of an immigrant accused of wounding. Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

02Drama20150710

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Rumpole in a story written by John Mortimer and adapted by Richard Stoneman.

Rumpole meets Erskine-Brown in Pommeroy's. Erskine-Brown is depressed because he's doing a sordid ABH and affray which allegedly occurred in a Soho night club. Rumpole tells him to visit the scene of the crime to get the lay of the land, which they do. They drink with Maurice Machin, the editor of the Daily Beacon, who tells Rumpole that an article in his paper by one Stella January alleged that Ameila Nettleship, an author of historical novels, has affairs with married men. She is suing the paper, and Maurice Machin, for libel.

Will Rumpole defend? He agrees.

Meanwhile Erskine-Brown, due to get married to Phillida Trant in a couple of weeks, doesn't realise his photo has been taken as he ogles the topless dancers. When this photo is published in the papers, Phillida is furious.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

Produced by Catherine Bailey

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

02The Dear Departed20110419 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack recalls a fraud case based on some ghostly messages.

Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

The Old Bailey hack recalls a fraud case based on some ghostly messages. Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

03Drama20150717

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Rumpole in a story by John Mortimer and adapted by Richard Stoneman

Hilda's distant relation, The Reverend Timothy Donkin, looks set to be defrocked as Canon of Lawnchester Cathedral unless Rumpole can convince an Ecclesiastical Court that adultery did not take place in the nearby Saint Edithna Hotel.

Timothy Donkin tells Rumpole that he is married with two sons and, to escape their noise, he writes his sermons in a room at the hotel. Six accusers complained to the Bishop about Timothy Donkin after a hotel maid saw him open his room-door to a woman. He is charged with conduct unbecoming a clerk in Holy Orders.

Rumpole uses his powers of cross-examination - and the portrayal of Hilda as a spooky apparition - to defend the Canon, who irritatingly initially refuses to discuss if, in fact, he did meet anyone in the hotel.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

Produced by Catherine Bailey

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

03Rumpole And The Gentle Art Of Blackmail20090415 BT=2000 (BBC7)
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20091223 BT=2000 (BBC7)
20091224 BT=0100 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack recalls a case of extortion at his Oxford College.

The Old Bailey hack recalls a case of extortion at his old Oxford College.

03The Gentle Art Of Blackmail20110420 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack recalls a case of extortion at his Oxford College.

Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

The Old Bailey hack recalls a case of extortion at his Oxford College. Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

04Drama20150724

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Rumpole in a story by John Mortimer, and adapted by Richard Stoneman.

Tony Timson finds himself in hot water when charged with the attempted drowning of his wife April, while sharing a bath with her. Rumpole not only defends Tony but also protects Judge Guthrie Featherstone QC as he upsets women everywhere with sexist pronouncements about their proper place in the tub.

Rumpole and Tony Timson have a conference in Brixton Prison where Timson explains that April had been planning to wear outrageous clothes to a party on the night in question. The party was at the home of a friend, Chrissie. One of the party guests would be Peter 'Peanuts' Molloy. Molloys vs Timsons equals Montagues vs Capulets. Tony Timson says that April wound him up by suggesting Peanuts was more virile than he was.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

Produced by Catherine Bailey

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

04Rumpole And The Rotten Apple20090416 BT=2000 (BBC7)
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20091224 BT=2000 (BBC7)
20091225 BT=0100 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack recalls a suspicious case of police force bribery.

The Old Bailey hack recalls a suspicious case of bribery in the police force.

04The Rotten Apple20110421 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack recalls a suspicious case of police force bribery.

Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

The Old Bailey hack recalls a suspicious case of police force bribery. Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

05Rumpole And The Man Of God20090417 BT=2000 (BBC7)
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20091225 BT=2000 (BBC7)
20091226 BT=0100 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack recalls the case of a light-fingered vicar. Written by John Mortimer.

05The Man Of God20110422 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack recalls the case of a light-fingered vicar. Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

The Old Bailey hack recalls the case of a light-fingered vicar. Written by John Mortimer.

06The Defence Of Guthrie Featherstone20110425 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack recalls the tale of a philandering member of chambers.

Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

The Old Bailey hack recalls the tale of a philandering member of chambers. Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

07Rumpole And The Show Folk20090421 BT=2000 (BBC7)
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20091229 BT=2000 (BBC7)
20091230 BT=0100 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack recalls the case of an actress accused of murder.

07The Show Folk20110426 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack recalls the case of an actress accused of murder.

Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

The Old Bailey hack recalls the case of an actress accused of murder. Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

08Rumpole And The Fascist Beast20090422 BT=2000 (BBC7)
20090423 BT=0100 (BBC7)
20091230 BT=2000 (BBC7)
20091231 BT=0100 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack takes on a new pupil and defends a racist politician.

08The Fascist Beast20110427 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack takes on a new pupil and defends a racist politician.

Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

The Old Bailey hack takes on a new pupil and defends a racist politician. Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

09Rumpole And The Case Of Identity20090423 BT=2000 (BBC7)
20090424 BT=0100 (BBC7)
20091231 BT=2000 (BBC7)
20100101 BT=0100 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack deals with dubious alibis in court and in chambers.

09The Case Of Identity20110428 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack deals with dubious alibis in court and in chambers.

Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

The Old Bailey hack deals with dubious alibis in court and in chambers. Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

10Rumpole And The Expert Witness20090424 BT=2000 (BBC7)
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The Old Bailey hack recalls the case of a GP accused of killing his wife.

The Old Bailey hack recalls the case of a doctor accused of killing his wife.

10The Expert Witness20110429 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack recalls the case of a GP accused of killing his wife.

Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

The Old Bailey hack recalls the case of a GP accused of killing his wife. Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

11The Course Of True Love20110502 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack muses on the case of a teacher accused of seduction.

Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

The Old Bailey hack muses on the case of a teacher accused of seduction. Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

12The Perils Of The Sea20110503 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack recalls a case of murder.

How did Barney Bateman die?

How did Barney Bateman die? Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

The Old Bailey hack recalls a case of murder. How did Barney Bateman die? Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

The Old Bailey hack recalls a case of murder. How did Barney Bateman die?

13 LASTThe Age Of Retirement20110504 (BBC7)

The Old Bailey hack reconsiders his future - as does a hardened thief.

Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

The Old Bailey hack reconsiders his future - as does a hardened thief. Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

AD02 LASTRumpole And The Sleeping Partners2014032120170922 (BBC7)

By John Mortimer

Adapted by Richard Stoneman

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

After a legal ball in the Savoy Hotel, Rumpole and Hilda argue about Rumpole's drunken behaviour in front of Mr Justice Gwent-Evans. Rumpole can take no more of his wife and jumps out of their taxi. He intends to spend the night in chambers but finds Erskine-Brown in Equity Court, with Phillida Trant, working late. Rumpole asks Phillida to help him with the defence of Hugo Lutterworth, who's accused of trying to kill the husband of his lover.

Phillida goes home with Erskine-Brown, leaving Rumpole to sleep on his sofa - strictly against the rules of chambers. And this is pointed out to him by Erskine-Brown when he arrives early next morning with Phillida. Did they spend the night together? Rumpole's feelings for his pupil are confusing, so he concentrates on his client.

Rumpole discusses the case again with Phillida, who seems out of sorts. She tells Rumpole to go home to Hilda but he ignores her advice and is caught having supper at his desk by Erskine-Brown, who accidentally invites Rumpole to stay at his flat - which does not go well.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

Rumpole leaves his wife Hilda, sleeps in chambers and defends a case of attempted murder.

By John Mortimer
Adapted by Richard Stoneman
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

After a legal ball in the Savoy Hotel, Rumpole and Hilda argue about Rumpole's drunken behaviour in front of Mr Justice Gwent-Evans. Rumpole can take no more of his wife and jumps out of their taxi. He intends to spend the night in chambers but finds Erskine-Brown in Equity Court, with Phillida Trant, "working late". Rumpole asks Phillida to help him with the defence of Hugo Lutterworth, who's accused of trying to kill the husband of his lover.

Phillida goes home with Erskine-Brown, leaving Rumpole to sleep on his sofa - strictly against the rules of chambers. And this is pointed out to him by Erskine-Brown when he arrives early next morning with Phillida. Did they spend the night together? Rumpole's feelings for his pupil are confusing, so he concentrates on his client.

Rumpole discusses the case again with Phillida, who seems out of sorts. She tells Rumpole to go home to Hilda but he ignores her advice and is caught having supper at his desk by Erskine-Brown, who accidentally invites Rumpole to stay at his flat - which does not go well.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie
A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.