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Rumpole: On Trial & Other Stories

Four BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Summary

Julian Rhind-Tutt takes on the role of Rumpole in this fifth collection of cracking court cases.

'Rumpole on Trial'
Suffering from toothache, Rumpole is in no mood for his client’s boring testimony or Justice Gwent-Evans’ impatience. But when he argues with the judge, he is warned in no uncertain terms about his future conduct. Soon, Rumpole finds himself on trial and facing the end of his career....

'Rumpole and Hilda'
Rumpole’s long-suffering wife, Hilda (‘She Who Must Be Obeyed’), narrates a fascinating tale of murder and romance that Horace would prefer to remain untold and gives Rumpole - and us - a glimpse of her true passionate nature.

'Rumpole and Memories of Christmas Past'
Rumpole spends an unexpectedly rewarding Christmas in Norfolk, discusses the spirit of Christmas with the Mad Monk and learns that the season of goodwill is shared by barristers and criminals alike.

'Rumpole and the New Year’s Resolutions'
Rumpole has an interesting encounter with Santa Claus at a Chambers Christmas party, finds himself on babysitting duty after a blackmail trial and attends a traditional British panto - where he recognises a familiar face.

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.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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Great listen

Excellent light entertainment ! Very good casting and I would thoroughly recommend to new Rumpole listeners as well as to regulars

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Rumpole: On Trial and Other Stories

Lovely story with Rumpole’s wife Hilda narrating from her perspective- and nice twists in some simple Christmas tales.

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Much better

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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