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Rumpole and the Scales of Justice

Alternative title
Rumpole of the Bailey
Synopsis
Second of a four-part radio series featuring John Mortimer’s wine-imbibing defiant British criminal-lawyer. When Rumpole is called on to defend a senior member of the police force in court, his relish for Shakespeare’s Othello comes in very useful.
Series
Afternoon Play
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
1 Oct 2003 at 14:15 (Channel: BBC Radio 4)
Duration
45 mins

Credits

Director
Marilyn Imrie
Writer
John Mortimer
Cast
David Shaw-ParkerMarston
Ewan Bailey'Knuckles’ Huckersley
Geoffrey WhiteheadCommander Durden
Ian MastersJustice Graves
John RoweDr Wakefield
Michael CochraneSamuel
Prunella ScalesHilda
Timothy WestRumpole

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Mystery

Notes

Notes
A compilation of the four Rumpole radio plays broadcast on BBC 4 in 2003 is available on CD from www.bbcshop.com.
General
Rumpole of the Bailey is a popular British courtroom television series created and written by John Mortimer, QC. Leo McKern stars as Horace Rumpole, an ageing London barrister who defends any and all clients. The series had a seventeen-year run and inspired a sequence of short stories, novels, as well as two radio series.
History
Rumpole’s first appearance was on television on December 16, 1975 in a BBC 1 Play for Today episode (Series 6) with Leo McKern in the title role. In 1978 the play transferred to ITV where it was developed into an hour-long Thames Television production serial with McKern returning to the role.

The episode "Rumpole and the Scales of Justice" is part of a series of four new 45-minute radio adaptations broadcast by BBC Radio in 2003 starring Timothy West and Prunella Scales as Rumpole and Hilda.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Distributor

Name

bbcshop.com

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Phone
0870 241 5490
Fax
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Name

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