- Rumpole: The Penge Bungalow Murders and other stories
- Three BBC Radio 4 dramatisations
- Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch, Timothy West, Jasmine Hyde, Cathy Sara
- Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
- Original Recording
- Release date: 01-04-18
- Language: English
- Publisher: BBC Digital Audio
- source: Audible
Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders: It is the '50s, and two war heroes have been shot dead. Defending the suspect is deemed hopeless, so the case is handed to a novice. But the novice's superiors didn't count on the tenacity and wit of the young and hungry Horace Rumpole as he defends the accused alone and without a leader for the very first time. This two-part adaptation of the novel by John Mortimer also marks the beginning of Rumpole's lifelong liaison with Hilda ("She Who Must Be Obeyed").
Rumpole and the Family Pride: We rejoin Rumpole and Hilda in the late 1950s, when they have been married for a year or two. Hilda's cousin lives with her husband, the 17th Baron Sackbut, in Sackbut Castle on the Yorkshire Moors. Hilda and Rumpole are invited to the castle when a body is found in the grounds. Meanwhile, in London, Rumpole defends a tramp who has confessed to a triple murder.
Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle: When Rumpole and Hilda attend a concert performed by The Casterini Trio, Rumpole is surprised to be approached by Elizabeth Casterini - the trio's beautiful violinist. But then, the trio's cellist, Tom Randall, is murdered. Elizabeth's husband is arrested, and Rumpole agrees to defend him at the Old Bailey.
These radio plays capture the spirit of the Rumpole stories, with Timothy West and Benedict Cumberbatch blending beautifully as the older and young Rumpole.
If you are looking for a good item to listen to during your commute then maybe this is it.
My rating: 4.5
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