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Rumpole and the Sleeping Partners

Afternoon Drama, Rumpole Episode 2 of 2

By John Mortimer
Adapted by Richard Stoneman
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

After a legal ball in the Savoy Hotel, Rumpole and Hilda argue about Rumpole's drunken behaviour in front of Mr Justice Gwent-Evans. Rumpole can take no more of his wife and jumps out of their taxi. He intends to spend the night in chambers but finds Erskine-Brown in Equity Court, with Phillida Trant, "working late". Rumpole asks Phillida to help him with the defence of Hugo Lutterworth, who's accused of trying to kill the husband of his lover.

Phillida goes home with Erskine-Brown, leaving Rumpole to sleep on his sofa - strictly against the rules of chambers. And this is pointed out to him by Erskine-Brown when he arrives early next morning with Phillida. Did they spend the night together? Rumpole's feelings for his pupil are confusing, so he concentrates on his client.

Rumpole discusses the case again with Phillida, who seems out of sorts. She tells Rumpole to go home to Hilda but he ignores her advice and is caught having supper at his desk by Erskine-Brown, who accidentally invites Rumpole to stay at his flat - which does not go well.

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

Release date:

45 minutes

Last on

Fri 22 Sep 2017 21:15


Role Contributor
RumpoleBenedict Cumberbatch
HildaJasmine Hyde
Erskine-BrownNigel Anthony
Judge Gwent-EvansNigel Anthony
Phillida TrantCathy Sara
Hugo LutterworthStephen Critchlow
Captain GleasonStephen Critchlow
DirectorMarilyn Imrie
ProducerCatherine Bailey
AdaptorRichard Stoneman
AuthorJohn Mortimer