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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 Old Boy Net: With the help of his new pupil, Miss Phillida Trant, Rumpole must defend Mr Napier Lee, who is charged with blackmail. But the alleged victim of the blackmail went to public school with Mr Lee, and so Mr Lee won't sneak on his old school chum....

Rumpole and the Sleeping Partners: After a legal ball in the Savoy Hotel, Rumpole and Hilda argue about Rumpole's drunken behaviour, and Rumpole decides to sleep the night on his sofa in chambers - strictly against the rules. But there he finds his colleague Erskine-Brown with Phillida Trant, 'working late'....

Rumpole and the Portia of Our Chambers: 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 visit from an old flame of Hilda's.

©2018 John Mortimer (P)2018 BBC Digital Audio

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  • Terry McAuliffe
  • 07-05-18

An Unnecessary Sexing Up of the Originals

John Mortimer's Rumpole stories are little gems written by a master storyteller. Why then have they been rewritten, setting them some twenty five years later than the originals? Just to accomodate the young voice of Dominic Cumberbatch, whose performance is, by the way, very good? The idea of Rumpole fathering a child with Phylida Trant is crude; the relationship between Rumpole and Trant in the original was more interesting and amusing.
Mortimer's work doesn't need to be sexed up for the twenty-first century.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-18

Simply awful

As above. Dreadful story lines seemingly unrelated to the actual books.
Awful, awful, awful, awful!