Rumpole

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Drama20160328

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.

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

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.

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.

01Drama20150703

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.

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.

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.

02Drama20150710

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.

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.

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.

03Drama20150717

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.

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.

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.

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.

04Drama20150724

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.

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.

04The Rotten Apple20110421 (BBC7)

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

Written by John Mortimer and starring Maurice Denham.

04The Rotten Apple20110421 (BBC7)

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 God

06Rumpole And The Defence Of Guthrie Featherstone

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.

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.

07Rumpole And The Show Folk

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.

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.

08Rumpole And The Fascist Beast

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.

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.

09Rumpole And The Case Of Identity

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.

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.

10Rumpole And The Expert Witness

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.

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.

11Rumpole And The Course Of True Love

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.

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.

12Rumpole And The Perils Of The Sea

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.

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.

13Rumpole And The Age Of Retirement

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.

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.

AD0120121218

By John Mortimer.

Adapted for radio by Richard Stoneman.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy West star as the younger and elder Rumpole in this new story.

In 1964, Rumpole returns to Oxford, where he studied law, to defend a young gardener, Peter Vernon, accused of blackmailing the Master of St Joseph's College, Sir Michael Tuffnell.

Peter and Sir Michael had enjoyed a friendship that provoked rumours of homosexuality - still illegal in those days. Sir Michael has gone to the police alleging Peter was about to accuse him publicly of sodomy. Peter denies the charge and, indeed, is engaged to be married to his solicitor - a young woman by the name of Sue Galton. Rumpole sees through a plot to depose the Master and, sensing Peter's underlying honesty, he defends his client. But, in doing so, he's forced to re-assess the choices he's made in his career and his marriage to She Who Must Be Obeyed.

Director: Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

AD0120121218

By John Mortimer.

Adapted for radio by Richard Stoneman.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy West star as the younger and elder Rumpole in this new story.

In 1964, Rumpole returns to Oxford, where he studied law, to defend a young gardener, Peter Vernon, accused of blackmailing the Master of St Joseph's College, Sir Michael Tuffnell.

Peter and Sir Michael had enjoyed a friendship that provoked rumours of homosexuality - still illegal in those days. Sir Michael has gone to the police alleging Peter was about to accuse him publicly of sodomy. Peter denies the charge and, indeed, is engaged to be married to his solicitor - a young woman by the name of Sue Galton. Rumpole sees through a plot to depose the Master and, sensing Peter's underlying honesty, he defends his client. But, in doing so, he's forced to re-assess the choices he's made in his career and his marriage to She Who Must Be Obeyed.

Director: Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

AD0120121218

By John Mortimer.

Adapted for radio by Richard Stoneman.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy West star as the younger and elder Rumpole in this new story.

In 1964, Rumpole returns to Oxford, where he studied law, to defend a young gardener, Peter Vernon, accused of blackmailing the Master of St Joseph's College, Sir Michael Tuffnell.

Peter and Sir Michael had enjoyed a friendship that provoked rumours of homosexuality - still illegal in those days. Sir Michael has gone to the police alleging Peter was about to accuse him publicly of sodomy. Peter denies the charge and, indeed, is engaged to be married to his solicitor - a young woman by the name of Sue Galton. Rumpole sees through a plot to depose the Master and, sensing Peter's underlying honesty, he defends his client. But, in doing so, he's forced to re-assess the choices he's made in his career and his marriage to She Who Must Be Obeyed.

Director: Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

AD01Rumpole and the Old Boy Net20140320

AD01Rumpole And The Old Boy Net20140320

By John Mortimer

Adapted by Richard Stoneman

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

We rejoin Rumpole and Hilda in 1964. Hilda is worried about the choice of school for their son, Nicholas. Hilda wants Rumpole to become a Q.C. in order to afford a decent education for Nicholas. Claude Erskine-Brown is also trying to take silk but he's distracted by the arrival in chambers of Rumpole's new pupil, Miss Phillida Trant.

Phillida assists Rumpole in the defence of Mr Napier Lee, who's charged with running a disorderly house near Victoria Station, and with the more serious accusation of blackmail. Mr Lee admits his customers all went to public school. And the alleged victim of the blackmail was at Lawnhurst College with Mr Lee, which is why Lee won't break the unwritten law and sneak on his old school chum.

Erskine-Brown is prosecuting at the Old Bailey, where Phillida recognises a familiar face in the press box. Isobel Vincent was at Bennenden with Phillida, and now works for the Evening Standard. With help from Phillida, Isobel publishes the name of the alleged victim. This public identification leads to Rumpole's successful defence on the charge of blackmail, but also puts Phillida in danger of prosecution for contempt of court.

Phillida works hard to get out of trouble with the law but, instead, finds herself drawn towards Rumpole - and into trouble of a more personal kind.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie.

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

AD01Rumpole and the Old Boy Net20140320

By John Mortimer

Adapted by Richard Stoneman

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

We rejoin Rumpole and Hilda in 1964. Hilda is worried about the choice of school for their son, Nicholas. Hilda wants Rumpole to become a Q.C. in order to afford a decent education for Nicholas. Claude Erskine-Brown is also trying to take silk but he's distracted by the arrival in chambers of Rumpole's new pupil, Miss Phillida Trant.

Phillida assists Rumpole in the defence of Mr Napier Lee, who's charged with running a disorderly house near Victoria Station, and with the more serious accusation of blackmail. Mr Lee admits his customers all went to public school. And the alleged victim of the blackmail was at Lawnhurst College with Mr Lee, which is why Lee won't break the unwritten law and sneak on his old school chum.

Erskine-Brown is prosecuting at the Old Bailey, where Phillida recognises a familiar face in the press box. Isobel Vincent was at Bennenden with Phillida, and now works for the Evening Standard. With help from Phillida, Isobel publishes the name of the alleged victim. This public identification leads to Rumpole's successful defence on the charge of blackmail, but also puts Phillida in danger of prosecution for contempt of court.

Phillida works hard to get out of trouble with the law but, instead, finds herself drawn towards Rumpole - and into trouble of a more personal kind.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie.

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

AD02 LASTRumpole and the Expert Witness20121225

Rumpole defends a doctor accused of murdering his wife.

AD02 LASTRumpole And The Expert Witness20121225

Rumpole defends a doctor accused of murdering his wife.

Written by by John Mortimer. Adapted for radio by Richard Stoneman.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy West star in this new Rumpole story.

It's 1964. Rumpole is asked to defend a GP, Dr Ned Dacre, who is accused of murdering his wife, Sally. Dr Ned Dacre's father is also a GP, Dr Henry Dacre, and it is he who asks Rumpole to take on the case.

Dr Henry met Rumpole during the Penge Bungalow Murder trial and believes Rumpole's the man to get his son off this trumped-up charge. The plot thickens when the local pathologist, Pamela Gall, turns out to be an old flame of Dr Ned's. It seems that Pamela never forgave Dr Ned for dumping her and marrying Sally instead.

Director: Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

AD02 LASTRumpole And The Expert Witness20121225

Rumpole defends a doctor accused of murdering his wife.

Written by by John Mortimer. Adapted for radio by Richard Stoneman.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy West star in this new Rumpole story.

It's 1964. Rumpole is asked to defend a GP, Dr Ned Dacre, who is accused of murdering his wife, Sally. Dr Ned Dacre's father is also a GP, Dr Henry Dacre, and it is he who asks Rumpole to take on the case.

Dr Henry met Rumpole during the Penge Bungalow Murder trial and believes Rumpole's the man to get his son off this trumped-up charge. The plot thickens when the local pathologist, Pamela Gall, turns out to be an old flame of Dr Ned's. It seems that Pamela never forgave Dr Ned for dumping her and marrying Sally instead.

Director: Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

AD02 LASTRumpole and the Expert Witness20121225

Written by by John Mortimer. Adapted for radio by Richard Stoneman.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy West star in this new Rumpole story.

It's 1964. Rumpole is asked to defend a GP, Dr Ned Dacre, who is accused of murdering his wife, Sally. Dr Ned Dacre's father is also a GP, Dr Henry Dacre, and it is he who asks Rumpole to take on the case.

Dr Henry met Rumpole during the Penge Bungalow Murder trial and believes Rumpole's the man to get his son off this trumped-up charge. The plot thickens when the local pathologist, Pamela Gall, turns out to be an old flame of Dr Ned's. It seems that Pamela never forgave Dr Ned for dumping her and marrying Sally instead.

Director: Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

AD02 LASTRumpole and the Sleeping Partners20140321

AD02 LASTRumpole And The Sleeping Partners20140321

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.

AD02 LASTRumpole and the Sleeping Partners20140321

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.