Rumpole And The Portia Of Our Chambers

Ep 1/4

Friday 3 July



Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch returns to Radio 4 in the first of a new four-part series of Rumpole stories. Written by John Mortimer, adapted by Richard Stoneman and directed by Marilyn Imrie.

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 Phyllida, an unsettling case involving an Irish terrorist and a devoted father and son – as well as a visit from an old flame of Hilda’s. But the love shown by a client’s son for his father convinces Rumpole that he can’t simply quit as husband, parent or Old Bailey hack. The question of what makes a good parent runs through the episode, with Rumpole asking himself if he is turning into a bad father, especially in comparison to his client.

With Benedict Cumberbatch as Horace Rumpole; Jasmine Hyde as Hilda Rumpole; Cathy Sara as Phyllida Trant; Stephen Critchlow as Boxey Horne; and Samuel Reader as Matthew Culp.

Producer/Catherine Bailey for the BBC

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