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Rumpole And Memories Of Christmas Past2016122520181224 (R4)

Rumpole shares some of his favourite yuletide stories as he recounts seasonal legal cases.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

Rumpole shares some of his favourite yuletide poetry, carols, and pantomime stories as he recounts seasonal legal cases which reveal, as always, the true nature of men, women, children - and She Who Must Be Obeyed!

Cast:
Rumpole....Julian Rhind-tutt
Hilda / Peggy....Jasmine Hyde
Donald Compton /
Judge Bullingham /
Basil Wrigglesworth....Stephen Critchlow
Erskine-Brown /
Gwent-Evans....Nigel Anthony
Rev. Roger Longstaff /
D.I. Cartwright /
Campbell Forsyth....Ewan Bailey

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

Radio 4 drama

Cast:
Rumpole....Julian Rhind-Tutt
Hilda / Peggy....Jasmine Hyde
Donald Compton /
Judge Bullingham /
Basil Wrigglesworth....Stephen Critchlow
Erskine-Brown /
Gwent-Evans....Nigel Anthony
Rev. Roger Longstaff /
D.I. Cartwright /
Campbell Forsyth....Ewan Bailey

Rumpole And The Age Of Miracles2015071720200702 (R4)

Rumpole defends Hilda's relation in an Ecclesiastical court. With Benedict Cumberbatch.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

Rumpole And The Bubble Reputation2015071020200625 (R4)

Rumpole defends a tabloid editor accused of libelling an author. With Benedict Cumberbatch

Drama from BBC Radio 4

Rumpole And The Golden Thread2018050720190807 (R4)

In Africa defending an old pupil in a murder trial, Rumpole is arrested and Phillida arrives to bail him out. A spark between them is rekindled and burns throughout the final episodes of this long running Radio 4 series.

For fifteen years and 33 episodes, Rumpole has fought, won and, very rarely, lost myriad cases - and fallen in and out of love with his wife Hilda and
"the Portia of our Chambers", Phillida Trant, who adores him, and probably always will. These three final episodes leave us guessing until the very end - will Rumpole finally leave his wife Hilda, "She who must be obeyed", for Phillida?

Adapted by Richard Stoneman
Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

Rumpole's arrested in Africa. Phillida arrives to rescue him, and their love is rekindled.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

Rumpole And The New Year's Resolutions2016122720181231 (R4)

Rumpole shares some of his favourite yuletide poetry, carols, and pantomime stories as he recounts seasonal legal cases which reveal, as always, the true nature of men, women, children - and She Who Must Be Obeyed!

Cast:
Rumpole....Julian Rhind-tutt
Hilda....Jasmine Hyde
Erskine-Brown /
Gwent-Evans....Nigel Anthony
Skimpy Simpson /
Fred Timson....Stephen Critchlow
D.I. Grimble /
Eric Streeter....Ewan Bailey
Edmund....Adam Greaves-Neal

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

Rumpole shares some of his favourite yuletide stories as he recounts seasonal legal cases.

Radio 4 drama

Cast:
Rumpole....Julian Rhind-Tutt
Hilda....Jasmine Hyde
Erskine-Brown /
Gwent-Evans....Nigel Anthony
Skimpy Simpson /
Fred Timson....Stephen Critchlow
D.I. Grimble /
Eric Streeter....Ewan Bailey
Edmund....Adam Greaves-Neal

Drama from BBC Radio 4

Rumpole And The Official Secret2018050820190814 (R4)

Rumpole defends a civil servant accused of selling secrets and is embroiled in a wine fraud. Phillida tells Rumpole she plans to leave her husband and asks him to keep it a secret. Rumpole considers just what that might mean.

For fifteen years and 33 episodes, Rumpole has fought, won and, very rarely, lost myriad cases - and fallen in and out of love with his wife Hilda and
"the Portia of our Chambers", Phillida Trant, who adores him, and probably always will. These three final episodes leave us guessing until the very end - will Rumpole finally leave his wife Hilda, "She who must be obeyed", for Phillida?

Cast:
Horace Rumpole... Julian Rhind-Tutt
Hilda Rumpole... Jasmine Hyde
Sam Ballard... Michael Cochrane
Claude Erskine-Brown/Hugh Timson... Nigel Anthony
Phillida Erskine-Brown/Tina Bradbury... Cathy Sara
Oliver Bowling/Kenneth Eastham... Ben Crowe
Rosemary Tuttle/Honoria Bird... Deborah Findlay
Liz Probert... Amy Morgan
Judge Bullingham/Martyn Vanberry... Ewan Bailey

Adapted by Richard Stoneman
Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

Rumpole defends in a dubious espionage trial and gets embroiled in a dodgy wine fraud.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

Rumpole And The Portia Of Our Chambers2015070320200618 (R4)

Horace Rumpole is still clearly smitten by his pupil Phillida. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

Horace Rumpole is still clearly smitten by his pupil Phillida. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

Rumpole And The Quacks20170920

It is 1966, and Rumpole meets an admirable doctor who unexpectedly needs his help.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

Rumpole And The Quality Of Life2018050920190821 (R4)

Ballard's wedding looms and Rumpole faces a life changing decision about his own marriage. Hilda expects him to join her in Cornwall, and Phillida hopes he will leave to be with her at last.

For fifteen years and 33 episodes, Rumpole has fought, won and, very rarely, lost myriad cases - and fallen in and out of love with his wife Hilda and
"the Portia of our Chambers", Phillida Trant, who adores him, and probably always will. These final three episodes leave us guessing until the very end - will Rumpole finally leave his wife Hilda, "She who must be obeyed", for Phillida?

Adapted by Richard Stoneman
Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

Ballard's wedding looms as Rumpole faces a life-changing decision about his own marriage.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

Rumpole And The Way Through The Woods20170918

Rumpole discovers he is a dog lover at heart and defends a man who insists he is guilty.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

Rumpole For The Prosecution20170919

Horace Rumpole's client asks him to do something he has always sworn he will not do.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

Rumpole On Trial2016032820180222 (R4)

Horace Rumpole's toothache provokes an outburst in court that could end his career.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

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.

01Rumpole And The Old Boy Net2014032020170921 (BBC7)

Rumpole's new pupil creates trouble in a case of blackmail. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Radio dramas which delight and surprise.

01Rumpole And The Portia Of Our Chambers2015070320190101 (BBC7)

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.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in four Rumpole stories. Written by John Mortimer and adapted by Richard Stoneman.

Cast
Horace Rumpole … Benedict Cumberbatch
Hilda Rumpole … Jasmine Hyde
Phillida Trant … Cathy Sara
Boxey Horne … Stephen Critchlow
Matthew Culp … Samuel Reader

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

Old Bailey hack Horace Rumpole is still clearly smitten with his pupil Phillida.

Radio 4 drama

Drama from BBC Radio 4

02Rumpole And The Bubble Reputation2015071020190102 (BBC7)

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.

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

Cast:
Horace Rumpole … Benedict Cumberbatch
Hilda Rumpole … Jasmine Hyde
Phillida Erskine-Brown … Cathy Sara
Claude Erskine-Brown … Nigel Anthony
Maurice Machin … Ewan Bailey
Porky Peppiatt … Stephen Critchlow

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

Rumpole defends a tabloid editor accused of libelling an author.

Radio 4 drama

Drama from BBC Radio 4

02Rumpole And The Sleeping Partners2014032120170922 (BBC7)

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

Radio dramas which delight and surprise.

03Rumpole And The Age Of Miracles2015071720190103 (BBC7)

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.

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

Cast:
Horace Rumpole … Benedict Cumberbatch
Hilda Rumpole … Jasmine Hyde
Claude Esrkine-Brown … Nigel Anthony
Sam Ballard … Michael Cochrane
Rev. Tim Donkin.. Roger May

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

Rumpole defends Hilda's distant relation the Rev Timoth Donkin in an ecclesiastic court.

Radio 4 drama

Drama from BBC Radio 4

04Rumpole And The Tap End2015072420190108 (BBC7)

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.

Cast:
Horace Rumpole … Benedict Cumberbatch
Hilda Rumpole … Jasmine Hyde
Claude Erskine-Brown … Nigel Anthony
Tony Timson … Stephen Critchlow
Guthrie Featherstone … Julian Rhind-tutt
Charles Hearthstoke … David Shaw-Parker
Phillida Erskine-Brown … Cathy Sara

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

Rumpole defends Tony Timson, a man charged with the attempted drowning of his wife.

Radio 4 drama

Cast:
Horace Rumpole … Benedict Cumberbatch
Hilda Rumpole … Jasmine Hyde
Claude Erskine-Brown … Nigel Anthony
Tony Timson … Stephen Critchlow
Guthrie Featherstone … Julian Rhind-Tutt
Charles Hearthstoke … David Shaw-Parker
Phillida Erskine-Brown … Cathy Sara

Drama from BBC Radio 4

Rumpole And Hilda2016032920180223 (R4)

She Who Must Be Obeyed tells us the truth about a case her husband would prefer to forget.

Drama from BBC Radio 4

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.