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Rumpole and the Portia of our Chambers

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4 Extra Debut. Back in Chambers, Old Bailey hack Horace Rumpole is still clearly smitten with his pupil Phillida. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch.

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 devoted father and son, and 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 as Old Bailey hack.

The question of what makes a good parent runs throughout the whole episode, with Rumpole asking himself if he’s turning into a bad father, especially in comparison with his client.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in four Rumpole stories. Written by John Mortimer and adapted by Richard Stoneman.

Cast
Horace Rumpole … Benedict Cumberbatch
Hilda Rumpole … Jasmine Hyde
Phillida Trant … Cathy Sara
Boxey Horne … Stephen Critchlow
Matthew Culp … Samuel Reader

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

45 minutes

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New Year's Day 2019 21:15

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Role Contributor
Horace Rumpole Benedict Cumberbatch
Hilda Rumpole Jasmine Hyde
Phillida Trant Cathy Sara
Boxey Horne Stephen Critchlow
Matthew Culp Samuel Reader
Author John Mortimer
Adaptor Richard Stoneman
Director Marilyn Imrie
Producer Catherine Bailey

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