Rumpole And The Family Pride

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By John Mortimer.

Dramatised by Richard Stoneman.

We rejoin Rumpole and Hilda in the late 1950s, when they have been married for a year or two.

Rumpole mingles with a branch of Yorkshire aristocracy remotely connected to Hilda's family when he represents a Lord in the Coroner's Court.

Hilda's first cousin (once removed), Rosemary, lives with her husband, Richard, the 17th Baron Sackbut, in Sackbut Castle and Hilda and Rumpole are invited to Yorkshire when a body is found in the grounds of the castle.

Older Rumpole/Mr Cursitor - Timothy West

Young Rumpole - Benedict Cumberbatch

Hilda - Cathy Sara

Liz Probert/Helen Yarrowby - Elaine Claxton

Lord Richard Sackbut - Julian Wadham

Rosemary Sackbut/Pippa Bastion - Sophie Thompson

Jonathan Sackbut/Young Man - Joshua McGuire

"Plunger" Plumstead/Tarquin Yarrowby/Mr Saggers - Stephen Critchlow

Mrs Percier - Susan Wooldridge

Dr Malkin/Castle Guide/Policeman - Geoffrey Whitehead

Dr Swabey/Gavin Bastion - Adrian Scarborough

Music: The sax quartet version of Gershwin's "They Can't Take That Away From Me" was arranged by Julie Hodge and performed by "Sax" who are Luiza Beddoes, Kate Mylnar, Janine Ng and Julie Hodge.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie.

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

Rumpole mixes with the Yorkshire aristocracy when he represents a lord.