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Rumpole and the Man of God

Rumpole defends a shoplifting clergyman with a kleptomaniac sister, exposes a former arsonist to her besotted fiance and appeases a very unhappy Hilda.

By John Mortimer
Adapted by Richard Stoneman

The text for this episode of Rumpole is 'we shouldn't drop bombs of information which might cause ruin and havoc.'

It's 1959, and Rumpole is faced with defending a clergyman accused of shoplifting who although he clearly did not commit the crime, is curiously reluctant to be cross examined under oath, where he would have to tell the truth, but save himself from being defrocked.

Meanwhile Rumpole's fellow barrister and friend Frobisher, a confirmed bachelor, announces his engagement to a very merry widow, whom Rumpole seems to remember he has met somewhere before...

And finally, Hilda, she who must be obeyed, drops a bomb of information which will have a profound effect on their marriage.

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

45 minutes


Role Contributor
Writer John Mortimer
Adaptor Richard Stoneman
Rumpole Timothy West
Younger Rumpole Benedict Cumberbatch
Hilda Jasmine Hyde
Mr Pratt Stephen Critchlow
George Frobisher Stephen Critchlow
Reverend Mordred Skinner Adrian Scarborough
Evelyn Skinner Cathy Sara
Ida Tempest Cathy Sara
Mr Justice Vosper Nigel Anthony
Claude Erskine-Brown Nigel Anthony
Director Marilyn Imrie