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John Mortimer

Sir John Clifford Mortimer (born 1923) is an English barrister turned prolific writer and dramatist. His oeuvre includes over fifty books, plays, and scripts. The play, A Voyage Round My Father[?] (1971) is autobiographical, recounting his experiences as a young barrister and his relationship with his blind father.

Mortimer's most famous creation is a character named Horace Rumpole[?], a barrister whose specialty is defending those accused of crime in London's redoutable hall of justice, the Old Bailey. Mortimer created Rumpole for "Rumpole of the Bailey", a 1975 episode of Play For Today[?]; Played with gusto by Leo McKern, the character proved popular, and was spun off into a Rumpole of the Bailey[?] television series for Thames Television and a series of books (all written by Mortimer).



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