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Rumpole: The Golden Thread & Other Stories

Three BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations
Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
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Three thrilling full-cast dramas starring Julian Rhind-Tutt as the irrepressible Horace Rumpole.

'Rumpole and the Golden Thread' - In Africa defending an old pupil in a murder trial, Rumpole is arrested. When Phillida arrives to bail him out, a spark between them is rekindled....  

'Rumpole and the Official Secret' - Rumpole defends a civil servant accused of selling secrets and is embroiled in a wine fraud. Meanwhile, Phillida tells Rumpole she plans to leave her husband and asks him to keep it a secret, and Horace considers what that might mean.

'Rumpole and the Quality of Life' - Ballard’s wedding looms and Rumpole faces a life-changing decision about his own marriage. Hilda expects him to join her in Cornwall, but Phillida hopes he will leave to be with her at last....

For 15 years, Rumpole has fought, won and occasionally lost myriad cases - and fallen in and out of love with both wife Hilda and ‘the Portia of our Chambers’, Phillida Erskine-Brown. These three episodes leave us guessing until the very end - will Rumpole finally leave ‘She Who Must be Obeyed’ for Phillida?

Julian Rhind-Tutt stars as Rumpole, with Jasmine Hyde as Hilda, Nigel Anthony as Claude Erskine-Brown and Cathy Sara as Phillida.

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TOTALLY ENJOYABLE

SUCH A LIGHT HEARTED LISTEN, WELL CONSTRUCTED SHORT STORIES, WITH GREAT CHARACTERISATION AND LOTS OF HUMOUR. I RARELY GIVE A FULL STAR RATING, BUT OTHER THAN BEING OVER TOO QUICKLY, WHAT IS NOT TO LIKE.

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