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Sojourn

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R. A. Salvatore's New York Times best-selling novel! Drizzt DoUrden has forsaken his subterranean home for the harsh unknown of the surface. The young warrior begins a sojourn through a world utterly unlike his own - and finds that acceptance among the surface-dwellers will only come at a great price....

©1991 TSR, Inc., c. 2004 Wizards of the Coast, Inc. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Around the Way Girl

38 ratings

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2017 Audie Award Finalist for Autobiography/Memoir  Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson reads her inspiring and funny book about family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth.  With a sensibility that recalls her beloved screen characters, including Yvette, Queenie, Shug, and the iconic Cookie from Empire, yet is all Taraji, the screen actress writes of her families - the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of her father, a Vietnam vet who was bowed but never broken by life's challenges, and of her mother, who survived violence both in the home and on DC's volatile streets. Here, too, she opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but she saw as a gift.  Around the Way Girl is also a classic actor's memoir in which Taraji reflects on the world-class instruction she received at Howard University and the pitfalls that come with being a black actress. With laugh-out-loud humor and candor, she shares the challenges and disappointments of the actor's journey and shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is ever authentic. She is at heart just a girl in pursuit of her dreams. 

©2016 On Top of the World, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Rumpole: The Penge Bungalow Murders and Other Stories

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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 as he defends the accused alone and without a leader for the very first time. This two-part adaptation of the novel by John Mortimer also marks the beginning of Rumpole's lifelong liaison with Hilda ("She Who Must Be Obeyed").  Rumpole and the Family Pride: We rejoin Rumpole and Hilda in the late 1950s, when they have been married for a year or two. Hilda's cousin lives with her husband, the 17th Baron Sackbut, in Sackbut Castle on the Yorkshire Moors. Hilda and Rumpole are invited to the castle when a body is found in the grounds. Meanwhile, in London, Rumpole defends a tramp who has confessed to a triple murder.  Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle: When Rumpole and Hilda attend a concert performed by The Casterini Trio, Rumpole is surprised to be approached by Elizabeth Casterini - the trio's beautiful violinist. But then, the trio's cellist, Tom Randall, is murdered. Elizabeth's husband is arrested, and Rumpole agrees to defend him at the Old Bailey. Duration: 3 hrs approx.

©2017 John Mortimer (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Rumpole: The Gentle Art of Blackmail & Other Stories

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays the young Horace Rumpole in this second stellar collection of court cases, also starring Timothy West as the older Rumpole. 'Rumpole and the Man of God': It is 1959, and Rumpole must defend a clergyman accused of shoplifting who, although he clearly did not commit the crime, is curiously reluctant to be cross-examined under oath. Meanwhile, Hilda (she who must be obeyed) has big news.... 'Rumpole and the Explosive Evidence': Rumpole defends a well-known safe blower and exposes the underhand behaviour of one Dirty Dickerson, a senior police officer who is quite prepared to tamper with evidence. 'Rumpole and the Gentle Art of Blackmail': In 1964 Rumpole returns to Oxford, where he studied law, to defend a young gardener who is accused of blackmailing the Master of St Joseph’s College. Their friendship had provoked rumours of homosexuality - still illegal in those days - and the Master says he has been threatened with a public accusation. 'Rumpole and the Expert Witness': Rumpole is asked to defend a GP, Dr Ned Dacre, who is accused of murdering his wife, Sally. The plot thickens when the local pathologist turns out to have history with Dr Ned....

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
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The Trials of Rumpole

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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.

©1979 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Bill Wallis
Length: 7 hrs
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Rumpole: The Age of Miracles & Other Stories

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays Horace Rumpole in this fourth collection of dramatic court cases. 'Rumpole and the Bubble Reputation' Erskine-Brown is working on a sordid ABH and affray case which allegedly occurred in a Soho night club. When he and Rumpole visit the disreputable scene of the crime, they meet Maurice Machin, the editor of the Daily Beacon, whose paper is being sued for libel. 'Rumpole and the Age of Miracles' 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. 'Rumpole and the Tap End' 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 finds he must protect Judge Guthrie Featherstone QC, who upsets women everywhere with sexist pronouncements about their proper place in the tub. 

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Rumpole of the Bailey

3 ratings

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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.

©1978 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Robert Hardy
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
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Rumpole for the Defence

3 ratings

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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.

©1981 Advanpress Ltd. (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

Narrator: Patrick Tull
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
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Rumpole: The Sleeping Partners & Other Stories

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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

Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
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Rumpole's Last Case

2 ratings

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The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole is back with seven marvelous stories by John Mortimer. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

©1987 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Bill Wallis
Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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Rumpole Rests His Case

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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 stories are: Rumpole and the Old Familiar Faces, Rumpole and the Remembrance of Things Past, Rumpole and the Asylum Seekers, Rumpole and the Camberwell Carrot, Rumpole and the Actor Laddie, Rumpole and the Teenage Werewolf, and Rumpole Rests His Case.

©2001 Advanpress Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc

Narrator: Tony Britton
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
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Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders

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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, accused of murdering his father and his father's friend with a German officer's gun. And how the inexperienced young brief was left alone to pursue the path of justice, in a case that was to echo through the Bailey for years to come.

©2004 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Bill Wallis
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
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Rumpole and the Golden Thread

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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.

©1993 Adavanpress, Ltd. (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
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Rumpole and the Golden Thread

2 ratings

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The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole continues to juggle the vagaries of the law, the ambiguities of crime, and the contradictions of the human heart. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

©1983 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Bill Wallis
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
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Rumpole's Return

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Has Rumpole hung up his wig for good? Can it be? Yes, the beloved barrister is now retired (though far from retiring) and gently ripening to a rosy hue in the Florida sunshine. But a colleague's casual request for advice on a difficult case sends him winging back across the Atlantic, and before he's through, our hero will come up against a fanatical religious cult and a mysterious letter written in blood.

©1979 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc

Narrator: Robert Hardy
Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
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Rumpole on Trial

2 ratings

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In this work, Horace Rumpole returns to delight us with seven new cases. We find our hero jousting with the Devil, being wooed by a beautiful violin player, and even up before the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Bar Council.

©1993 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Timothy West
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
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Rumpole: On Trial & Other Stories

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Julian Rhind-Tutt takes on the role of Rumpole in this fifth collection of cracking court cases. 'Rumpole on Trial' Suffering from toothache, Rumpole is in no mood for his client’s boring testimony or Justice Gwent-Evans’ impatience. But when he argues with the judge, he is warned in no uncertain terms about his future conduct. Soon, Rumpole finds himself on trial and facing the end of his career.... 'Rumpole and Hilda' 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 and gives Rumpole - and us - a glimpse of her true passionate nature. 'Rumpole and Memories of Christmas Past' Rumpole spends an unexpectedly rewarding Christmas in Norfolk, discusses the spirit of Christmas with the Mad Monk and learns that the season of goodwill is shared by barristers and criminals alike. 'Rumpole and the New Year’s Resolutions' Rumpole has an interesting encounter with Santa Claus at a Chambers Christmas party, finds himself on babysitting duty after a blackmail trial and attends a traditional British panto - where he recognises a familiar face. Starring Julian Rhind-Tutt as Rumpole, Jasmine Hyde as Hilda and Nigel Anthony as Claude Erskine-Brown. A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
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Rumpole for the Defense

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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 (in the name of duty, of course) drinks to excess with a teetotaling member of the prosecution. There is even a rare moment or two when Rumpole finds himself appreciative of “She Who Must Be Obeyed” (Mrs. Rumpole), when she inadvertently provides some essential clues that clinch his cases. Stories in this collection include “Rumpole for the Defense,” “Rumpole and the Gentle Art of Blackmail,” “Rumpole and the Dear Departed,” “Rumpole and the Rotten Apple,” “Rumpole and the Expert Witness,” “Rumpole and the Spirit of Christmas,” and “Rumpole and the Boat People.”

©1981 John Mortimer (P)1991 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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Rumpole for the Defence

1 rating

Summary

The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole continues to juggle the vagaries of the law, the ambiguities of crime, and the contradictions of the human heart. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

©1982 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Bill Wallis
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
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Rumpole at Christmas

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Rumpole isn't particularly fond of Christmas; he finds it has a horrible habit of dragging on as he and She Who Must Be Obeyed go through the usual rituals in Froxbury Mansions. After the exchange of presents (lavender water for her, a tie for him) they settle down to a supermarket turkey with all the trimmings, followed by a glass of port. The only excitement comes in deciding whether to stand for the national anthem after the Queen's Speech. But at least the criminal fraternity rarely takes a holiday, so over the years Rumpole has found his festive celebrations disturbed in the most welcome ways. Whether it's a Father Christmas who behaves suspiciously at Equity Court's Christmas party, or a high-profile murder trial that comes up at the Bailey just before the holiday season, or a body discovered at the health spa where Rumpole is gloomily trying to survive a not-so-festive Christmas diet of yak's milk and spinach, there's always something wonderfully unlawful to liven up the dull holiday plans. When Sir John Mortimer died in early 2009, it was widely agreed that Horace Rumpole was his greatest fictional creation. In these seven delightful stories, read by Bill Wallis and collected together for the first time, the great barrister lives on.

©2009 John Mortimer (P)2009 BBC Audio

Narrator: Bill Wallis
Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
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Rumpole and the Reign of Terror

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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'. There's the larcenous Timson family to defend, suicide bombers to dodge, Pommeroy's Wine Bar to frequent, and the financing of the Rumpole household - with Hilda's indulgence in luxury cleaning products - to look after. But when the beautiful Tiffany Timson's husband is arrested on suspicion of terrorism, Rumpole prepares to drop everything and take on his biggest challenge yet. Horrified to learn that the accused doesn't even know what he's charged with, he determines to insist upon a fair trial for the Pakistani doctor. But battling against the new legislation, and the slippery Home Secretary, proves a tricky task. And when She Who Must Be Obeyed starts locking herself in the box room, 'minding her own business', Rumpole finds himself losing the plot, clueless about the goings on, even in his own mansion flat. Is the Anglophile doctor really an Al Qaeda agent? Will Rumpole discover Hilda's secret before it's too late? Will the Timson family ever forgive him for defending a 'terrorist'?

©2007 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Bill Wallis
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
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Rumpole and the Primrose Path

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We last left Rumpole in his hospital bed after his sudden collapse in court. Now our hero finds himself in the Primrose Path nursing home - or a hospice as he persists in describing it. Things aren't looking good for Rumpole - until suddenly he begins to sense there's something wrong with the place, and all his intelligence and formidable insight into human behaviour come to the fore again. And once he has solved the mystery of the Primrose Path nursing home, Rumpole finds the briefs fly thick and fast again. This collection of six Rumpole stories shows the legendary advocate on top form.

©2002 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Bill Wallis
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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Rumpole of the Bailey

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Horace Rumpole, the irreverent, iconoclastic, claret-swilling, poetry-spouting barrister at law, is among the most beloved characters of English crime literature. He is not a particularly gifted attorney, nor is he particularly fond of the law by courts if it comes to that, but he’d rather be swinging at a case than bowing to his wife Hilda, She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed. In this first title of the popular series featuring Rumpole, all of the major characters who occupy the Rumpole stories make their introductions: the sneaky, slightly effeminate Erskine-Brown, the bumbling Guthrie Featherstone and various and sundry other lawyers and clerks whose lives weave in and out of these stories. These six stories include the "Younger Generation", the "Alternative Society", the "Honourable Member", the "Married Lady", the "Learned Friends", and the "Heavy Brigade".

©1978 Advanpress, Ltd (P)1991 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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Summer's Lease

Summary

It’s high summer when Molly Pargeter drags her amiably bickering family to a rented Tuscan villa for the holidays. Molly is sure that the house is the perfect setting for their three-week getaway, but soon she becomes fascinated by the lives of the absent owners and things start to go horribly wrong.

©1988 Advenpress Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Martin Jarvis
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
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Rumpole: The Way Through the Woods & Other Stories

Summary

A sixth collection of captivating courtroom dramas, starring Julian Rhind-Tutt as Horace Rumpole.

'Rumpole and the Way Through the Woods'

Rumpole makes friends with a dog named Sir Lancelot and finds himself defending a hunt saboteur who claims to be guilty of murder. But Horace is convinced that the true culprit is among the hunting fraternity.

'Rumpole for the Prosecution'

Rumpole’s personal commandment is ‘Thou Shalt Not Prosecute’ - but he breaks this rule to take on a private prosecution brought by a dead girl’s father. However, an obscure literary reference and a piece of evidence that doesn’t fit bring his defender’s instincts to the fore....

'Rumpole and the Quacks'

Temporarily indisposed, Rumpole consults a charming Indian doctor who later asks for Horace’s help when he is accused of molesting a patient. Meanwhile, Rumpole’s friendship with Phillida Erskine-Brown deepens as both their marriages hit a tricky patch.

Julian Rhind-Tutt stars as Rumpole, with Jasmine Hyde as Hilda, Nigel Anthony as Claude Erskine-Brown and Cathy Sara as Phillida.

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
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Rumpole: The Teenage Werewolf & Other Stories

Summary

Timothy West stars as Rumpole in these four fantastic radio dramas.

Rumpole and the Teenage Werewolf

Rumpole heads to the Home Counties to defend Ben, a teenager accused of sending emails deemed to be sexually harassing, and of an actual physical attack on a girl.

Rumpole and the Right to Privacy

Rumpole leaves the Old Bailey to defend a civil case: an editor of a local newspaper who is accused of breaching a successful businessman's right to privacy.

Truth Makes All Things Plain

If one man can be counted on to fight injustice and insist on a fair trial for everyone, whatever their circumstances, it is Horace Rumpole. So when the beautiful Tiffany Khan learns that her husband has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism, she calls for his help right away.

The Past Catches Up with Us All

As he struggles to win justice for his client, Rumpole finds that his marriage to She Who Must Be Obeyed is, rather like his waistcoat, straining at the seams.

Timothy West stars as Rumpole and Prunella Scales as Hilda, with Matt Smith as Ben, Nigel Anthony as Claude Erskine-Brown and Michael Cochrane as ‘Soapy Sam’ Ballard.

Cast and credits

Written by John Mortimer

Directed by Marilyn Imrie

Rumpole and the Teenage Werewolf

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 19 July 2006

Horace Rumpole - Timothy West

Hilda Rumpole - Prunella Scales

Hermione Swithin - Felicity Montagu

Mr Beazley - Nicholas Le Provost

Chris Swithin - Philip Jackson

Ben Swithin - Matt Smith

Judge Denis Wintergreen - Karl Johnson

Adrian Hodinott - Sean Baker

Felicity Halliday - Ellie Beaven

Rumpole and the Right to Privacy

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 26 July 2006

Horace Rumpole - Timothy West

Hilda Rumpole. - Prunella Scales

Mr Rankin - David Shaw-Parker

Claude Erskine-Brown - Nigel Anthony

Liz Probert - Elaine Claxton

Hugo Winterton - Anton Rogers

Gervase Johnson - Stephen Critchlow

Sir Mike Smedley - Kim Durham

Mrs Justice Erskine-Brown - Joanna David

Truth Makes All Things Plain

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 15 August 2007

Horace Rumpole - Timothy West

Hilda Rumpole - Prunella Scales

Judge Bullingham - Christopher Benjamin

Tiffany Khan - Lily Bevan

‘Soapy Sam’ Ballard - Michael Cochrane

Bonny Bernard - Bruce Alexander

Dr Mahmood Khan - Shiv Grewal

Barrington Whiteside - Geoffrey Whitehead

Will Timson - Ben Crowe

Peter Plaistow - Christopher Scott

Mrs Justice Templett - Joanna David

Fred Sugden - Kim Durham

Ian Antrim - Nigel Anthony

The Past Catches up with us All

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 22 August 2007

Horace Rumpole – Timothy West

Hilda Rumpole – Prunella Scales

Claude Erskine-Brown – Nigel Anthony

Fred Sugden – Kim Durham

Dr Mahmood Khan – Shiv Grewal

Will Timson – Ben Crowe

Judge Bullingham – Christopher Benjamin

Bonny Bernard – Bruce Alexander

Barrington Whiteside – Geoffrey Whitehead

Peter Plaistow – Christopher Scott

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
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Rumpole: The Primrose Path & Other Stories

Summary

Timothy West takes on the role of Rumpole in these four delightful dramas featuring the wily barrister.

Rumpole and the Primrose Path

Rumpole exposes criminal practices at the nursing home where he was sent to recuperate after a heart attack, leaving him in dire need of claret, cheroots and good company.

Rumpole and the Scales of Justice

When Rumpole defends a senior policeman in court, his love for Shakespeare’s Othello, and his old acquaintances in the south London criminal fraternity prove very useful.

Rumpole and the Vanishing Juror

Rumpole’s admiration for the integrity of the Old Bailey jury is legendary – but he is mystified when his most promising juror in a murder trial suddenly disappears....

Rumpole Redeemed

Invited to dinner at his local prison, Rumpole, solves the conundrum of whether an ex-con can be reformed – while also seeking redemption himself.

Timothy West stars as Rumpole, with Prunella Scales as Hilda, Michael Cochrane as Sam Ballard, Nigel Anthony as Claude Erskine-Brown, and Sophie Thompson as Luci Gribble.

©2019 BBC Studios (P)2019 BBC Studios

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Rumpole: The Golden Thread & Other Stories

Summary

Three thrilling full-cast dramas starring Julian Rhind-Tutt as the irrepressible Horace Rumpole. 'Rumpole and the Golden Thread' - In Africa defending an old pupil in a murder trial, Rumpole is arrested. When Phillida arrives to bail him out, a spark between them is rekindled....   'Rumpole and the Official Secret' - Rumpole defends a civil servant accused of selling secrets and is embroiled in a wine fraud. Meanwhile, Phillida tells Rumpole she plans to leave her husband and asks him to keep it a secret, and Horace considers what that might mean. 'Rumpole and the Quality of Life' - Ballard’s wedding looms and Rumpole faces a life-changing decision about his own marriage. Hilda expects him to join her in Cornwall, but Phillida hopes he will leave to be with her at last.... For 15 years, Rumpole has fought, won and occasionally lost myriad cases - and fallen in and out of love with both wife Hilda and ‘the Portia of our Chambers’, Phillida Erskine-Brown. These three episodes leave us guessing until the very end - will Rumpole finally leave ‘She Who Must be Obeyed’ for Phillida? Julian Rhind-Tutt stars as Rumpole, with Jasmine Hyde as Hilda, Nigel Anthony as Claude Erskine-Brown and Cathy Sara as Phillida.

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
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Rumpole's Last Case

Summary

Rumpole is on the job again, bringing along his taste for claret, his penchant for poetry, and his reputation for a good story. These seven irresistible stories run the gamut from simple thievery to murder and espionage. Rumpole recalls three delightful battles with his arch-enemy, the Mad Bull; indulges his knowledge of bloodstains and typewriters; and uses the refined taste of a garage mechanic to discover the reasons for the robbery of a case of wine. As usual, Rumpole's biting wit and benevolent ideas of justice push the Mad Bull to the edge of retaliation, and it is only through some last minute diplomatic intervention that Rumpole lives to argue another day.

©1987 Advanpress, Ltd (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
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Rumpole at Christmas

Summary

In 'Rumpole and the Millennium Bug', the loveable barrister is regretting the advent of the 21st century, and the arrival of a new, computer-literate clerk. But as Christmas approaches, can Bernard 'the Millennium Bug' prove to Rumpole that technology can be useful after all? Bill Wallis reads this special seasonal story starring Horace Rumpole, scourge of all QCs and friend of the criminal classes.

©2009 John Mortimer (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Bill Wallis
Length: 17 mins
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Rumpole and the Golden Thread

Summary

In this engaging collection of stories, Rumpole continues to deftly juggle the vagaries of law, the ambiguities of crime, and the contradictions of the human heart in his death-defying performances on behalf of justice. The irreverent, claret-swilling, poetry-spouting barrister takes on suspect connoisseurs in the art world, journeys deep into the throbbing heart of Africa, dabbles in some feminist politics, decides the countryside is a very dangerous place, and incurs the wrath of his wife, She Who Must Be Obeyed.

©1983 Advanpress, Ltd. (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
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Quite Honestly

Summary

Life couldn't be better for Lucinda Purefoy. Granted, it's a little embarrassing, her father being the Bishop of Aldershot, but she's got a steady boyfriend, a degree in social sciences from Manchester University, and the offer of a job in advertising. With all that, she felt she should "pay back her debt to society" and "do a little good in the world".That's why she joined SCRAP (short for "Social Careers, Reformers and Praeceptors"), an organization that trains girls like Lucy to become the "guide, philosopher and friend" to ex-convicts coming out of prison, to find them a job, a home, and to encourage them to kick the habit of stealing things. And so Lucy finds herself standing outside the gates of Wormwood Scrubs, on a windy March morning, waiting to greet her first SCRAP "client", a career burglar named Terry Keegan. What happens next confounds expectations and produces a story full of surprises. With a cast of characters that rivals anything in his famous Rumpole stories and a compulsive plot, Quite Honestly is a wonderfully comic novel, packed with John Mortimer's entertaining reflections on crime.

©2006 John Mortimer (P)2007 Penguin Audiobooks

Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
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Murderers and Other Friends

Summary

Throughout John Mortimer's career, he established profound friendships with people accused of various crimes. He also indulged his passion for writing, penning Paradise Postponed and a series of stories about Rumpole, for whom he was often mistaken. With wit, wisdom and tenderness, he has written the story of his life.

©1994 Advanpress Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Bill Wallis
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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Felix in the Underworld

Summary

Affectionately known as the Chekhov of Coldsands-on-Sea, Felix Morsom enjoys writing about the thwarted hopes of genteel lives. His own existence, he reflects, is comfortable if uneventful, except for the flirtatious moments he shares with his publicist, the delicious Brenda Bodkin. Until he meets Gavin and Miriam.Suddenly he is on the run from PROD, the Parental Rights and Obligations Department, as Miriam announces he is the father of her son Ian, the result of a long-forgotten drunken dalliance. And, as if that wasn't enough, he becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. Disappearing into the underworld of London's homeless, Felix finds friendship and humour and more drama than he has ever encountered - even in his wildest dreams...

©1997 Advanpress Ltd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Martin Jarvis
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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