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Cads and Bounders

Today - on the day James Hewitt appears before a bankruptcy hearing - we discussed cads, bounders and all-round bad eggs. Has the upper class dapper reprobate, for whom all is fair in love and war, been replaced by the modern 'love rat'? Is the rum cove a thing of the past? Is Mr Hewitt the last of the great rogues? And what does it take - apart from a smoking jacket and an arched eyebrow - to be a thoroughly bad sort?

Below you'll find the Today list of top rotters:

Terry Thomas

Terry Thomas

A bounder in the truest sense of the word, Thomas achieved honorary aristocratic status despite his origins in the lower social orders. But I say! His film characters knew how to charm the ladies

Brian Aldridge

Brian Aldridge

This chap's depravity knows no limits - a despicable cad who's broken hearts all over Borchester

Leslie Phillips

Leslie Phillips

With his charming grin and talent for innuendo, Phillips was the rogues's rogue. Look out matron! Ding-dong!

James Hewitt

James Hewitt

Variously described as 'cad', 'bounder' and 'love rat' by the British media.

Alan Clark

Alan Clark

This bad egg had a famously fine eye for the ladies. 'Girls have to be succulent, and that means under 25', he once said. Rather!


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