EVER-RELIABLE COURTROOM sparring from JOHN MORTIMER, charting weaselish exploits of tetchy, defence-cases-only, cigar-toting, hangdog hero Horace Rumpole, aka LEO MCKERN. Resident of 38 Froxbury Mansions, the ‘pole blasted many a snide, snivelling prosecution brief into a thousand pieces, before retiring to Pomeroy’s Wine Bar and spouting pithy extracts from the Oxford Book Of English Verse. All of which narked legendary acid-tongued “she who must be obeyed” wife Hilda (PEGGY THORPE-BATES). Once memorably represented shifty 70s “drop-out” yoof accused of theft when he was actually at nearby Rolling Stones gig. Friends, foes and “old darlings” numbered PATRICIA “SHE DEVIL” HODGE, PETER “MANOR” BOWLES, BILL “CLAUDE SNUDGE” FRASER, RICHARD “MUCH BINDING” MURDOCH and JOANNA “DUTY FREE” VAN GYSEGHEM. Plotting, acting, direction all ultra-high vintage.