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Rumpole and the Golden Thread

In Africa for a murder trial, Rumpole is wrongfully arrested and Phillida is sent out to rescue him. A spark of love between them is rekindled - and there's trouble ahead.

In Africa defending an old pupil in a murder trial, Rumpole is arrested and Phillida arrives to bail him out. A spark between them is rekindled and burns throughout the final episodes of this long running Radio 4 series.

For fifteen years and 33 episodes, Rumpole has fought, won and, very rarely, lost myriad cases - and fallen in and out of love with his wife Hilda and
"the Portia of our Chambers", Phillida Trant, who adores him, and probably always will. These three final episodes leave us guessing until the very end - will Rumpole finally leave his wife Hilda, "She who must be obeyed", for Phillida?

Adapted by Richard Stoneman
Directed by Marilyn Imrie

A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

45 minutes


Role Contributor
Horace Rumpole Julian Rhind-Tutt
Hilda Rumpole Jasmine Hyde
Sam Ballard Michael Cochrane
Claude Erskine-Brown Nigel Anthony
Phillida Erskine-Brown Cathy Sara
Sir Worthington Banzana Joseph Mydell
Prison Guard Joseph Mydell
Arthur Remnant Adrian Scarborough
Charles Pinkerton Adrian Scarborough
David Mazenze Okorie Chukwu
Christopher Cuazango Okorie Chukwu
Mabel Mazenze Nadine Marshall
Alice Ruingo Nadine Marshall
Director Marilyn Imrie
Author John Mortimer
Adaptor Richard Stoneman


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