MORTIMER, John

Rumpole Of The Bailey

Teddington: Thames Television, 1992



104 mimeographed script pp., unpaginated scene breakdown, unit list, and rehearsal room location, the whole secured with split pin to top left corner. McKern's numbered scene tags to leading edges. A well-preserved, near fine copy.



First edition. LEO 'RUMPOLE' McKERN'S WORKING SCRIPT FOR SERIES SEVEN, EPISODE THREE OF RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY. WITH HIS NOTES, AMENDMENTS AND UNDERLININGS THROUGHOUT.

Between 1978 and 1992, John Mortimer and Leo McKern collaborated on seven series of the television show Rumpole of the Bailey, adapted by Mortimer from his own books, and starring McKern in the title role. Although the show was a huge success, relations between its star and writer were often strained. McKern was frequently troubled by the growing realisation that he was going to be remembered for playing Rumpole on ITV rather than Iago at the RSC; Mortimer, while grateful to McKern for Rumpole's success, knew his star felt this way, and was understandably displeased. The relationship never became fond, but the two remained in touch after the series came to an end.

Although the title page of this script announces this story as episode four of the seventh series, it was broadcast as episode three, on 12 November 1992. The Rumpole stories were all written originally for television, and later adapted by Mortimer for publication in book form. The stories in this, the final series of Rumpole, were published by Mortimer as Rumpole On Trial [Viking, 1992].





Keywords: John MORTIMER Leo McKERN"

£750.00


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