Sir John Mortimer's legendary lawyer Rumpole is given a sex change by daughter ...

Sir John Mortimer's legendary lawyer Rumpole is given a sex change by daughter ...
Sir John Mortimer's legendary lawyer Rumpole is given a sex change by daughter ...
Rumpole's back – and has SHE got news for you! Sir John Mortimer's legendary lawyer is given a sex change by daughter Emily with rumours Lily James will be approached for the part Emily Mortimer and sister Rosie said to be behind new female-led Rumpole story Number of female lawyers overtook the number of men for first time in 2018 Insiders say new drama will reflect the current state of the sexes in the courts

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It's almost 30 years since bon viveur TV barrister Horace Rumpole summed up for the last time at the Old Bailey.

But now there’s a new Rumpole on the case – one sure to be very different from the hard-drinking, cigar-chomping lawyer famously played by Leo McKern.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the daughters of Rumpole creator Sir John Mortimer are writing fresh scripts with a woman taking the starring role.

Acclaimed actress Emily Mortimer has spent the past two years working on the project with her journalist sister Rosie, and sources say the drama will reflect the current state of the sexes in the courts, where there are now more female lawyers than male.

Rumpole entertained millions of viewers with his caustic wit and brave defence of the underdog, but his portly bearing and eccentric manner reflected the male-dominated legal world of the time. 

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