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Play for Today – Rumpole of the Bailey

Another classic play, directed by John Gorrie: the very first appearance of John Mortimer's witty barrister Horace Rumpole, as played by Leo McKern. When the BBC dragged its heels over commissioning a series, producer Irene Shubik whisked the whole package off to Thames, and the rest is history. I adore this theme tune for the Play for Today titles, a jazzy number indeed! (Original tx: 16/12/1975; rpt BBC4 2003.)