Friday, 16 January 2009
Rumpole creator dies.
After the sad news of the death of Patrick "The Prisoner" McGoohan comes the demise of an unlikely hero of mine, Sir John Mortimer. I say unlikely because if ever anyone deserved to be described as a champagne socialist it was Mortimer. Although an unashamed member of the upper middle class he was a thorn in the side of the establishment and as a barrister always seemed to be defending cases that interested me; most famously Lady Chatterley's Lover, Oz and the Sex Pistols. As a writer he will probably be best remembered for Rumpole of the Bailey.
We can be consoled by the possibility of The Prisoner and Rumpole reruns on the box.