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Publisher's Summary

Timothy West takes on the role of Rumpole in these two thrilling dramas featuring the wily magician of the Old Bailey at his implacable best.

Rumpole on Trial

Rumpole takes up the cause of young Bertie Timson, whose sole ‘crime’ seems to be playing football in the street. As he endeavours to defend our ancient freedoms, he becomes uneasy about exactly what his wife Hilda is up to in her continuing friendship with a high court judge.

Going for Silk

Having narrowly avoided an ASBO himself, Rumpole hopes to become a QC at last. But first he must turn his attention back to the Timson case, while also preparing to defend a young man charged with the murder of a prostitute.

Timothy West stars as Rumpole and Prunella Scales as Hilda, with Nigel Anthony as Claude Erskine-Brown and Michael Cochrane as ‘Soapy Sam’ Ballard.

Cast and production credits:

 Written by John Mortimer

 Directed by Marilyn Imrie

Rumpole on Trial

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 28 May 2008
Horace Rumpole – Timothy West
Hilda Rumpole – Prunella Scales

 ‘Soapy Sam’ Ballard – Michael Cochrane

 Bonny Bernard – Nicholas Le Provost

 Prosecutor Parkes – Roger May

 Madam Chair of Magistrates – Jillie Mears

 Graham Wetherby – David Holt

 Lars Bergman – Matthew Morgan

 Judge Bullingham – David Shaw-Parker

 Fig Newton – Geoffrey Whitehead

Going for Silk

First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 29 May 2008

 Horace Rumpole – Timothy West

 Hilda Rumpole – Prunella Scales

 Bonny Bernard – Nicholas Le Provost

 Anna McKinnon – Jillie Mears

 Prosecutor Noakes – Matthew Morgan

 Police Doctor – Roger May

 Judge Barnes – Geoffrey Whitehead

 Graham Wetherby – David Holt

 Det Insp Belfrage – David Shaw-Parker

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