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  • Rumpole: The Penge Bungalow Murders and other stories: 4 BBC Radio 4 dramatisations

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Benedict Cumberbatch, Timothy West
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    Benedict Cumberbatch plays the young, feisty, devastatingly acute Horace Rumpole in this collection of cracking cases, also starring Timothy West as the older Rumpole. Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders: It is the 50s, and two war heroes have been shot dead. Defending the suspect is deemed hopeless, so the case is handed to a novice. But the novice's superiors didn't count on the tenacity and wit of the young and hungry Horace Rumpole.

  • Rumpole of the Bailey [AudioGo] | John Mortimer

    Rumpole of the Bailey [AudioGo]

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    In these witty and comic stories, Horace Rumpole takes on a variety of clients and activities. He, of course, brings each case to a successful end, all the while quoting poetry and drinking claret.

    Ian C Robertson says: "Wordsworth in a Wig"
  • Mr Luby's Fear of Heaven (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play) | John Mortimer

    Mr Luby's Fear of Heaven (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
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    When Lewis Luby (Jeremy Irons) comes to, late at night in an Italian hospital, he finds himself lying under the monstrous big toe of God. Surely there has been some mistake: Luby, who has never for one moment believed in the immortality of the soul, cannot possibly be in heaven! John Mortimer had the idea for Mr Luby's Fear of Heaven when he first visited the Santa Maria della Scala hospital in Siena and saw patients lying in beds under ceilings decorated with 15th-Century frescoes depicting Heaven and Hell.

  • Rumpole Rests His Case | John Mortimer

    Rumpole Rests His Case

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
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    There's a new wind blowing in this dazzling collection of new Rumpole stories: for the first time Rumpole finds himself appearing for an asylum-seeker at the Appeals Tribunal and, worst of all, his chambers have become a smoke-free zone.

  • The Trials of Rumpole | John Mortimer

    The Trials of Rumpole

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole whose court scenes are proverbial, and whose home is ruled by Mrs Rumpole, is back in these short stories by John Mortimer. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

    Angus says: "I love Rumpole"
  • Rumpole of the Bailey [Recorded Books] | John Mortimer

    Rumpole of the Bailey [Recorded Books]

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
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    In the first of six witty short stories, 60s-something English barrister, Horace Rumpole, takes on the younger generation both at home and in the hallowed courtroom—while offending his esteemed colleagues and his draconian wife, Hilda.

    Amazon Customer says: "great fun"
  • Rumpole and the Man of God | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Man of God

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Leo McKern
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    Known as the Bailey hack for his chain smoking, the irrepressible Rumpole is engaged to defend a priest who is accused of theft. Meeting up with old friend George for after-work drinks, Rumpole can't help but notice that George's female companion looks suspiciously familiar.

    fussyreader says: "The inimitable Leo McKern does Rumpole"
  • Rumpole and the Reign of Terror | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Reign of Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the dark days of the war on terror, only one man can be counted on to fight injustice, defend the innocent, and insist on a fair and decent trial for all, contrary to New Labour's new anti-terrorism laws. Rumpole's wig may be yellowing at the roots, his gown might be in tatters, but the oldest inhabitant of 4 Equity Court has no use for the word 'retirement'.

    David Share says: "Reign of Terror"
  • Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Horace Rumpole - cigar-smoking, claret-drinking, Wordsworth-spouting defender of some unlikely clients - often speaks of the great murder trial which revealed his talents as an advocate and made his reputation down at the Bailey when he was still a young man. Now, for the first time, the sensational story of the Penge Bungalow Murders case is told in full: how, shortly after the war, Rumpole took on the seemingly impossible task of defending young Simon Jerold.

    Septimus MacGhilleglas says: "Finally, the infamous Penge Bungalow Murder!!"
  • Rumpole and the Golden Thread | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Golden Thread

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
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    Back in the harness after his abortive retirement to Florida, Rumpole glories in the mushroom pie, rainy day life of the Old Bailey. Here he spars with some old familiars like the venomous Judge Bullingham, and makes the acquaintance of some fresh foes. Six stories.

  • Rumpole and the Angel of Death | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Angel of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson, Wanda McCaddon
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    Horace Rumpole, the comic, courageous, and corpulent “great defender of muddled and sinful humanity”, is joined by a winning cast of villains and victims in this collection of six tales in which wry humor and sparkling wit deftly send up the British legal system. In Rumpole and the Angel of Death, our hero achieves new, resounding triumphs over the forces of prejudice and mean-mindedness.

  • Rumpole and the Judge's Elbow | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Judge's Elbow

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Leo McKern
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    Rumpole defends the smarmy owner of a string of massage parlors on the charge of running "disorderly houses" (i.e. bordellos).

    MillenniumMike says: "Excellent Rumpole, very enjoyable and entertaining"
  • Rumpole and the Alternative Society | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Alternative Society

    • ABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Leo McKern
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    Rumpole defends a hippie-type school teacher on a narcotics charge and finds himself attracted to her - and her lifestyle.

    C. Graham says: "Uneventful"
  • The Sound of Trumpets | John Mortimer

    The Sound of Trumpets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
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    Lord Titmuss is still a figure with formidable influence in his constituency, but now the Conservatives face a difficult by-election after the strange death of the sitting Tory MP. Terry Flitton, the New Labour candidate, is confident of victory. But Titmuss seems to know a great deal about Terry, and quite a lot about the late and unmourned MP.... The Sound of Trumpets represents the triumphant completion of a political trilogy that began with Paradise Postponed and Titmuss Regained.

  • The Anti-Social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole | John Mortimer

    The Anti-Social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    ASBOs may be the pride and joy of New Labour, but they don't cut much ice with Horace Rumpole - he takes the old-fashioned view that if anyone is going to be threatened with a restriction of their liberty then some form of legal proceeding ought to be gone through first. When one of the Timson children is given an ASBO for playing football in the street, Rumpole soon realizes something fishy is going on.

    Linda Rasmussen says: "Rumpole at His Finest"
  • Rumpole and the Age for Retirement | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Age for Retirement

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Leo McKern
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    Horace Rumpole is back! Leo McKern reads from John Mortimer's second volume about the life and trials of the eccentric barrister famous for his infinite knowledge of blood stains, blood groups and forgery by typewriter. Witty and cynical as ever, Rumpole will once again delight listeners with his irreverent behavior and legal triumphs in Rumpole and the Age for Retirement.

  • Rumpole's Return | John Mortimer

    Rumpole's Return

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Leo McKern
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    Where is Rumpole, that eccentric barrister famous for his knowledge of bloodstains, blood groups, and forgery by typewriter? He is supposed by one and all to be enjoying his well-earned retirement in the Florida sunshine with his son, Nick; daughter-in-law, Erica; and, of course, She Who Must Be Obeyed. But Rumpole is made of sterner stuff, and the nearest whiff of a tricky blood case and he abandons the pleasure of Florida orange juice and descends on the dear old Chambers to take command once again.

    John Bull US says: "Rumpole Forever"
  • Rumpole | John Mortimer

    Rumpole

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Margot Boyd, Maurice Denham
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    Maurice Denham stars as John Mortimer's famous comic creation Rumpole of the Bailey. Defender of the underdog, friend of South London villains and scourge of QCs, much-loved barrister Horace Rumpole was first brought to life on television, and in 1980 BBC Radio 4 introduced him to the airwaves for a 13-episode series.

  • Rumpole for the Defense | John Mortimer

    Rumpole for the Defense

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Whether he’s quoting Wordsworth or having words with a particularly obtuse judge, Horace Rumpole always knows what he’s doing––even if no one else does. In this delightful collection of stories, Rumpole straightens everyone out in the shocking case of a “bent copper,” gallantly teaches a professor of moral philosophy about blackmail, consults with the dear departed when a will is contested, traces the path of true love when a doctor is accused of murder, and more.

  • The Trials of Rumpole | John Mortimer

    The Trials of Rumpole

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Horace Rumpole—who never prosecutes, whose fame rests on an infinite knowledge of blood and typewriters, whose court scenes are proverbial, whose home is ruled by Mrs. Rumpole (“She Who Must Be Obeyed”)—is back on the defense, as irreverent, as iconoclastic, as claret-swilling, poetry-spouting, impudent, witty, and cynical as ever.

    Ellis says: "I like the Rumpole stories..."
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