Clinging To The Wreckage

Rumpole creator Sir John Mortimer begins a ten part reading of his autobiography.

Episodes

EpisodeTitleRepeatedComments
01Is Execution Done On Cawdor?20040705 (BBC7)
20040706 (BBC7)
20050307 (BBC7)
20050308 (BBC7)
20060123 (BBC7)
20060124 (BBC7)
20090406 (BBC7)
20090407 (BBC7)

John Mortimer reads extracts from his autobiography.

The prolific dramatist and author recalls his parents.

John Mortimer reads extracts from his autobiography, recalling his parents.

John Mortimer reads extracts from his autobiography.

01Is Execution Done On Cawdor?20040705 (BBC7)
20040706 (BBC7)
20050307 BT=1130 (BBC7)
20050307 (BBC7)
20050308 (BBC7)
20060123 BT=1130 (BBC7)
20060123 (BBC7)
20060124 (BBC7)
20090406 BT=1430 (BBC7)
20090407 BT=0430 (BBC7)

John Mortimer reads extracts from his autobiography.

The prolific dramatist and author recalls his parents.

John Mortimer reads extracts from his autobiography, recalling his parents.

John Mortimer reads extracts from his autobiography.

02Turkish This Side And Virginian The Other20040706 (BBC7)
20040707 (BBC7)
20050308 BT=1130 (BBC7)
20050308 (BBC7)
20050309 (BBC7)
20060124 BT=1130 (BBC7)
20060124 (BBC7)
20060125 (BBC7)
20090407 BT=1430 (BBC7)
20090408 BT=0430 (BBC7)

Adventures at prep school where the head 'looked very much like God'.

John Mortimer reads extracts from his autobiography.

The prolific dramatist and author recalls his school day adventures.

John Mortimer recalls his school day adventures.

02Turkish This Side And Virginian The Other20040706 (BBC7)
20040707 (BBC7)
20050308 (BBC7)
20050309 (BBC7)
20060124 (BBC7)
20060125 (BBC7)
20090407 (BBC7)
20090408 (BBC7)

Adventures at prep school where the head 'looked very much like God'.

John Mortimer reads extracts from his autobiography.

The prolific dramatist and author recalls his school day adventures.

John Mortimer recalls his school day adventures.

03Lord Byron's Slippers20040707 (BBC7)
20040708 (BBC7)
20050309 (BBC7)
20050310 (BBC7)
20060125 (BBC7)
20060126 (BBC7)
20090408 (BBC7)
20090409 (BBC7)

John Mortimer reads extracts from his autobiography.

The prolific writer recalls his Harrow School days, plus the advent of war.

John Mortimer recalls his Harrow School days, plus the advent of war.

Harrow - a mysterious best friend and a violent room-mate, plus the advent of war.

03Lord Byron's Slippers20040707 (BBC7)
20040708 (BBC7)
20050309 (BBC7)
20050310 (BBC7)
20060125 (BBC7)
20060126 (BBC7)
20090408 (BBC7)
20090409 (BBC7)

John Mortimer reads extracts from his autobiography.

The prolific writer recalls his Harrow School days, plus the advent of war.

John Mortimer recalls his Harrow School days, plus the advent of war.

Harrow - a mysterious best friend and a violent room-mate, plus the advent of war.

04Blacked Out Spires20040708 (BBC7)
20040709 (BBC7)
20050310 (BBC7)
20050311 (BBC7)
20060126 (BBC7)
20060127 (BBC7)
20090409 (BBC7)
20090410 (BBC7)

John Mortimer reads his autobiography.

The prolific writer recalls Oxford, Brahms, wartime, pacifism and disgusting cocktails.

John Mortimer recalls Oxford, Brahms, wartime, pacifism and disgusting cocktails.

Memories of Oxford, Brahms, wartime, pacifism and disgusting cocktails.

04Blacked Out Spires20040708 (BBC7)
20040709 (BBC7)
20050310 (BBC7)
20050311 (BBC7)
20060126 (BBC7)
20060127 (BBC7)
20090409 (BBC7)
20090410 (BBC7)

John Mortimer reads his autobiography.

The prolific writer recalls Oxford, Brahms, wartime, pacifism and disgusting cocktails.

John Mortimer recalls Oxford, Brahms, wartime, pacifism and disgusting cocktails.

Memories of Oxford, Brahms, wartime, pacifism and disgusting cocktails.

05Writing Between Takes20040709 (BBC7)
20040710 (BBC7)
20050311 (BBC7)
20050312 (BBC7)
20060127 (BBC7)
20060128 (BBC7)
20090410 (BBC7)
20090411 (BBC7)

John Mortimer reads his autobiography.

The author recalls working at the Crown Film Unit and his first 'proper' writing job.

John Mortimer recalls working at the Crown Film Unit and his first 'proper' writing job.

John Mortimer reads extracts from his autobiography.

Sir John Mortimer barrister, playwright and creator of Rumpole continues to read from his autobiography.

Working at the Crown Film Unit and his first 'proper' writing job.

05Writing Between Takes20040709 (BBC7)
20040710 (BBC7)
20050311 BT=1130 (BBC7)
20050311 (BBC7)
20050312 (BBC7)
20060127 BT=1130 (BBC7)
20060127 (BBC7)
20060128 (BBC7)
20090410 BT=1430 (BBC7)
20090411 BT=0430 (BBC7)

John Mortimer reads his autobiography.

The author recalls working at the Crown Film Unit and his first 'proper' writing job.

John Mortimer recalls working at the Crown Film Unit and his first 'proper' writing job.

John Mortimer reads extracts from his autobiography.

Sir John Mortimer barrister, playwright and creator of Rumpole continues to read from his autobiography.

Working at the Crown Film Unit and his first 'proper' writing job.

06The Barrister's Set20040712 (BBC7)
20040713 (BBC7)
20050314 BT=1130 (BBC7)
20050314 (BBC7)
20050315 (BBC7)
20060130 BT=1130 (BBC7)
20060130 (BBC7)
20060131 (BBC7)
20090413 BT=1430 (BBC7)
20090414 BT=0430 (BBC7)

John Mortimer reads his autobiography.

The author recalls how life as a newly wed started with divorce cases.

John Mortimer recalls how life as a newly wed started with divorce cases.

John Mortimer reads his autobiography: life as a newly wed starts with divorce cases.

Episode 6 of 10.

"But isn't it very dangerous, your sport of yachting?" "Not dangerous at all, provided you don't learn to swim."

The autobiography of John Mortimer, creator of Rumpole, barrister and playwright continues.

Read by the author himself.

06The Barrister's Set20040712 (BBC7)
20040713 (BBC7)
20050314 (BBC7)
20050315 (BBC7)
20060130 (BBC7)
20060131 (BBC7)
20090413 (BBC7)
20090414 (BBC7)

John Mortimer reads his autobiography.

The author recalls how life as a newly wed started with divorce cases.

John Mortimer recalls how life as a newly wed started with divorce cases.

John Mortimer reads his autobiography: life as a newly wed starts with divorce cases.

Episode 6 of 10.

"But isn't it very dangerous, your sport of yachting?" "Not dangerous at all, provided you don't learn to swim."

The autobiography of John Mortimer, creator of Rumpole, barrister and playwright continues.

Read by the author himself.

07A Dependence On The Criminal Classes20040713 (BBC7)
20040714 (BBC7)
20050315 (BBC7)
20050316 (BBC7)
20060131 (BBC7)
20060201 (BBC7)
20090414 (BBC7)
20090415 (BBC7)

John Mortimer reads his autobiography.

The author recalls writing books and his failing father's final years.

John Mortimer recalls writing books and his failing father's final years.

The autobiography of John Mortimer, creator of Rumpole, barrister and playwright continues.

Read by the author.

John Mortimer continues reading from his own book.

His father is failing and John recalls his final years.

07A Dependence On The Criminal Classes20040713 (BBC7)
20040714 (BBC7)
20050315 BT=1130 (BBC7)
20050315 (BBC7)
20050316 (BBC7)
20060131 BT=1130 (BBC7)
20060131 (BBC7)
20060201 (BBC7)
20090414 BT=1430 (BBC7)
20090415 BT=0430 (BBC7)

John Mortimer reads his autobiography.

The author recalls writing books and his failing father's final years.

John Mortimer recalls writing books and his failing father's final years.

The autobiography of John Mortimer, creator of Rumpole, barrister and playwright continues.

Read by the author.

John Mortimer continues reading from his own book.

His father is failing and John recalls his final years.

08Murderers And Other Friends20040714 (BBC7)
20040715 (BBC7)
20050316 (BBC7)
20050317 (BBC7)
20060201 (BBC7)
20060202 (BBC7)
20090415 (BBC7)
20090416 (BBC7)

John Mortimer recalls dealing with clients accused of killing - and his confused home life

John Mortimer reads his autobiography.

The author recalls dealing with clients accused of killing - and his confused home life.

John Mortimer continues reading from his own book.

The autobiography of John Mortimer, creator of Rumpole, barrister and playwright continues.

Read by the author himself.

For him, murder clients were the easiest to deal with.

08Murderers And Other Friends20040714 (BBC7)
20040715 (BBC7)
20050316 (BBC7)
20050317 (BBC7)
20060201 (BBC7)
20060202 (BBC7)
20090415 (BBC7)
20090416 (BBC7)

John Mortimer recalls dealing with clients accused of killing - and his confused home life

John Mortimer reads his autobiography.

The author recalls dealing with clients accused of killing - and his confused home life.

John Mortimer continues reading from his own book.

The autobiography of John Mortimer, creator of Rumpole, barrister and playwright continues.

Read by the author himself.

For him, murder clients were the easiest to deal with.

09Depravity And Corruption20040715 (BBC7)
20040716 (BBC7)
20050317 (BBC7)
20050318 (BBC7)
20060202 (BBC7)
20060203 (BBC7)
20090416 (BBC7)
20090417 (BBC7)

John Mortimer recalls dealing with his divorce whilst tackling obscenity laws in court.

John Mortimer reads his autobiography.

The author recalls dealing with his divorce whilst tackling obscenity laws in court.

John Mortimer continues reading from his own book.

The autobiography of John Mortimer, creator of Rumpole, barrister and playwright, continues.

Read by the author himself.

In his private life he arranges divorce, in the courts writers face obscenity laws.

09Depravity And Corruption20040715 (BBC7)
20040716 (BBC7)
20050317 (BBC7)
20050318 (BBC7)
20060202 (BBC7)
20060203 (BBC7)
20090416 (BBC7)
20090417 (BBC7)

John Mortimer recalls dealing with his divorce whilst tackling obscenity laws in court.

John Mortimer reads his autobiography.

The author recalls dealing with his divorce whilst tackling obscenity laws in court.

John Mortimer continues reading from his own book.

The autobiography of John Mortimer, creator of Rumpole, barrister and playwright, continues.

Read by the author himself.

In his private life he arranges divorce, in the courts writers face obscenity laws.

10 LASTThe Verdict Postponed20040716 (BBC7)
20040717 (BBC7)
20050318 (BBC7)
20050319 (BBC7)
20060203 (BBC7)
20060204 (BBC7)
20090417 (BBC7)
20090418 (BBC7)

John Mortimer recalls meeting his new wife and making peace with his mother.

John Mortimer concludes his autobiography.

The prolific author meets his new wife and makes peace with his mother.

10 LASTThe Verdict Postponed20040716 (BBC7)
20040717 (BBC7)
20050318 (BBC7)
20050319 (BBC7)
20060203 (BBC7)
20060204 (BBC7)
20090417 (BBC7)
20090418 (BBC7)

John Mortimer recalls meeting his new wife and making peace with his mother.

John Mortimer concludes his autobiography.

The prolific author meets his new wife and makes peace with his mother.