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  • Rumpole: On Trial & Other Stories

  • Four BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
  • By: John Mortimer
  • Narrated by: full cast, Jasmine Hyde, Julian Rhind-Tutt, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Julian Rhind-Tutt takes on the role of Rumpole in this fifth collection of cracking court cases. Starring Julian Rhind-Tutt as Rumpole, Jasmine Hyde as Hilda and Nigel Anthony as Claude Erskine-Brown. A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much better

  • By pat neville on 07-01-19

Much better

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

A very enjoyable listen. Much better than other seasons of this BBC Rumpole in that they seem to have abandoned the awful Rumpole / Portia love story and are treating the Rumpole / Hilda relationship more positively - not a love story for the ages but a practical partnership like it was in the books. The chapter from Hilda's point of view is particularly good.

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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

Don't fix what isn't broken

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

Excellent performances, and the plots were good as always, but I really wish this adaptation didn't insist on introducing romance between Rumpole and Portia/Phyllida. It's not remotely necessary and it takes away from the production in my opinion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Six BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julie McKenzie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606

A collection of BBC radio full-cast dramatisations of Jane Austen's six major novels. Jane Austen is one of the finest writers in the English language, and this volume includes all six of her classic novels. Mansfield Park: on a quest to find a position in society, Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle. Northanger Abbey: young, naïve Catherine Morland receives an invitation to stay at the isolated Gothic mansion Northanger Abbey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good

  • By Helen on 24-03-16

Some adaptations better than others

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

Reviewed: 18-05-17

I enjoyed these overall. The performances were good by and large, but some of the adaptations were better than others. Mansfield Park was probably the best but I have to say that the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was terrible. It completely lost the beautiful language of the book and even left out some of the most iconic lines, especially in the famous proposal scene. It was disappointing, but the others were good.

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