Birkett, Birkett And The Blind Soldier



By Caroline and David Stafford.

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A blind WW1 veteran, accused of murdering his wife, is defended by Norman Birkett, the most celebrated advocate of the inter-war years. 1 of 4

Norman Birkett....Neil Dudgeon

Billie....Bonnie Engstrom

Edgar....Alun Raglan

Lady Pearson....Adjoa Andoh

Arthur....Carl Prekopp

MacCormac....Paul Moriarty

Frazer/Warder....Adam Billington

Humphreys....James Lailey

Sgt Waller....Gerard McDermott

Randall/Clerk....Rikki Lawton

Grace/Margaret....Alex Rivers

Woman....Victoria Inez Hardy

The casebook of Norman Birkett KC (1883-1962) covers pretty much every story that entertained the readers of News of the World between the wars. Birkett was a busy man who, in those days before legal specialisation, could at any one time be dealing simultaneously with a juicy murder, a society divorce or a livid libel action. The four stories in this series cover some of Birkett's most famous cases, including the dramatic trial of Buck Ruxton, the doctor accused of murdering and dismembering his wife and maid; the scandalous Dennistoun affair; and the very peculiar events surrounding the mysterious cyclist Ronald Light. In many ways, these stories represent an abridged history of those inter-war years and reflect, in their parade of moral confusions, hypocrisies, panics and vanities, our own not dissimilar age.

A blind WWI veteran is accused of murdering his wife.