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Terry McAuliffe

Sussex, UK
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  • Rumpole: The Sleeping Partners & Other Stories

  • Three BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jasmine Hyde, Timothy West, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the young, feisty, devastatingly acute Horace Rumpole in this collection of cracking cases, also starring Timothy West as the older Rumpole.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Unnecessary Sexing Up of the Originals

  • By Terry McAuliffe on 05-07-18

An Unnecessary Sexing Up of the Originals

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-18

John Mortimer's Rumpole stories are little gems written by a master storyteller. Why then have they been rewritten, setting them some twenty five years later than the originals? Just to accomodate the young voice of Dominic Cumberbatch, whose performance is, by the way, very good? The idea of Rumpole fathering a child with Phylida Trant is crude; the relationship between Rumpole and Trant in the original was more interesting and amusing.
Mortimer's work doesn't need to be sexed up for the twenty-first century.

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