John Mortimer

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Jacqueline Davis obituary
Television producer who, with her friend and collaborator John Mortimer, had a string of hits that included Rumpole of the Bailey

Eleanor Sax

23, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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‘What next, Del Girl Trotter’: has genderswap TV gone too far?
After Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes, Rumpole of the Bailey is the latest character to switch from male to female. However, for many series such a flip seems inconceivable

Mark Lawson

26, Jul, 2021 @1:46 PM

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Book clinic: Can you recommend a replacement for Rumpole of the Bailey?
From courtroom dramas to the Just William stories, a barrister and crime writer recommends novels about the quest for justice

Harriet Tyce

28, Mar, 2020 @6:00 PM

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Top 10 books about growing old
While ageing can all too easily leave some frightened, the likes of Alec Guinness, Nora Ephron and Julian Barnes have produced wry and positive takes on old age

Christopher Matthew

13, Dec, 2017 @4:21 PM

Penelope Mortimer – return of the original angry young woman
As her 1962 novel The Pumpkin Eater becomes a Penguin Classic, we re-examine the life of Penelope Mortimer, who tackled difficult subjects in a style that still sounds vital today

Rachel Cooke

28, Jun, 2015 @7:00 AM

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Dolly Wells on her father, John: ‘Why didn’t he tell me? I’d like to tap on his grave and ask’
As season two of the sitcom Doll & Em begins, Dolly Wells talks about her best friend on and off screen, Emily Mortimer, and her tangled relationship with her father, the satirist John Wells

Tim Teeman

31, May, 2015 @7:00 AM

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Reading group webchat: Valerie Grove

How did Laurie Lee feel about being a legend in his own lifetime? How much of Cider with Rosie is 'true'? What was his relationship with other writers? Lee's biographer answered your questions

Sam Jordison

21, Jul, 2014 @1:42 PM

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Paradise Postponed - box set review
Toby Manning: John Mortimer's socialist riposte to Thatcherism is beautifully acted and simply oozes nostalgia for a bygone Britain

Toby Manning

27, Feb, 2014 @4:20 PM

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The Pride; A Little Hotel on the Side – review
A drama about sexual liberation since the 50s leaves theatregoers giggling and wriggling, writes Susannah Clapp

Susannah Clapp

24, Aug, 2013 @11:06 PM

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Collected Stories of Rumpole by John Mortimer – review
Rumpole was conceived for the screen, but John Mortimer's enduring comic creation is a joy on the page, too, writed Natasha Tripney

Natasha Tripney

14, Jul, 2013 @11:00 AM

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Lost short plays by Harold Pinter and John Mortimer to be revived
Nottingham Playhouse celebrates its 50th aniversary with a night of little-known works

Vanessa Thorpe

11, May, 2013 @11:06 PM

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Forever Rumpole by John Mortimer – review
The writing might not be of the highest order, but Nicholas Lezard submits that the case for the Rumpole stories is indisputable

Nicholas Lezard

05, Feb, 2013 @12:01 PM

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