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John Mortimer (I) (1923–2009)

John Mortimer is a prolific writer for the theatre, films (starting during World War II, when he wrote scripts for the Crown Film Unit), television and radio. He also writes fiction and was a trial attorney for more than 30 years. Arguably his most famous creation is Horace Rumpole, "barrister at law, 68 next birthday, Old Bailey hack, husband to ... See full bio »

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 2001 In Love and War (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 2000 Don Quixote (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1999 Tea with Mussolini (writer)
 1998 Cider with Rosie (TV Movie)
 1994 Under the Hammer (TV Series) (writer - 7 episodes)
- Treasure Trove (1994) ... (writer)
- The Spectre at the Feast (1994) ... (writer)
- After Titian (1994) ... (writer)
- The Jolly Joker (1994) ... (writer)
- The Virgin of Vitebsk (1994) ... (writer)
  Rumpole of the Bailey (TV Series) (written by - 42 episodes, 1978 - 1992) (by - 11 episodes, 1991 - 1992)
- Rumpole on Trial (1992) ... (by) / (written by)
- Rumpole and the Family Pride (1992) ... (by) / (written by)
- Rumpole and the Reform of Joby Jonson (1992) ... (by) / (written by)
- Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle (1992) ... (by) / (written by)
- Rumpole and the Miscarriage of Justice (1992) ... (by) / (written by)
  Titmuss Regained (TV Mini-Series) (novel - 3 episodes, 1991) (script - 3 episodes, 1991)
- And the Next Day (1991) ... (novel) / (script)
- Tomorrow (1991) ... (novel) / (script)
- Today (1991) ... (novel) / (script)
 1990 Die Fledermaus (TV Movie) (English adaptation)
  Summer's Lease (TV Mini-Series) (novel - 4 episodes, 1989) (screenplay - 4 episodes, 1989)
- The Urbino Trail (1989) ... (novel) / (screenplay)
- A Battlefield (1989) ... (novel) / (screenplay)
- Where the Water Goes (1989) ... (novel) / (screenplay)
- Villa to Let (1989) ... (novel) / (screenplay)
 1989 Smith and Jones in Small Doses (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Waiting Room (1989) ... (writer)
 1987 Maschenka
 1986 Paradise Postponed (TV Mini-Series) (novel - 11 episodes)
- The Simcox Inheritance (1986) ... (novel)
- Faith Unfaithful (1986) ... (novel)
- The Gods of the Copy Book Headings (1986) ... (novel)
- Enigma Variations (1986) ... (novel)
- And a Happy New Year to You, Too! (1986) ... (novel)
 1984 Edwin (TV Movie)
 1984 The Ebony Tower (TV Movie)
 1984 A Voyage Round My Father (TV Movie) (play) / (screenplay)
 1981 Brideshead Revisited (TV Mini-Series) (adaptation - 11 episodes)
- Brideshead Revisited (1981) ... (adaptation)
- A Twitch Upon the Thread (1981) ... (adaptation)
- Orphans of the Storm (1981) ... (adaptation)
- Brideshead Deserted (1981) ... (adaptation)
- The Unseen Hook (1981) ... (adaptation)
 1981 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series) (script - 1 episode)
- Unity (1981) ... (script)
 1980 Comedy Tonight (TV Movie)
 1980 Rumpole's Return (TV Movie)
 1978 Life of Shakespeare (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 6 episodes)
- The Living Record (1978) ... (writer)
- Rebellion's Masterpiece (1978) ... (writer)
- The Loved Boy (1978) ... (writer)
- Of Comfort and Despair (1978) ... (writer)
- Alms for Oblivion (1978) ... (writer)
 1977 Two Stars for Comfort (TV Movie)
 1975-1976 Shades of Greene (TV Series) (adaptation - 8 episodes)
- Mortmain (1976) ... (adaptation)
- Chagrin in Three Parts (1976) ... (adaptation)
- The Case for the Defence (1976) ... (adaptation)
- The Destructors (1975) ... (adaptation)
- The Blue Film (1975) ... (adaptation)
 1975 Play for Today (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- Rumpole of the Bailey (1975) ... (written by)
 1973 Das Pflichtmandat (TV Movie) (play)
 1967-1972 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 5 episodes)
- Bermondsey (1972) ... (writer)
- Swiss Cottage (1972) ... (writer)
- King's Cross Lunch Hour (1972) ... (writer)
- Mill Hill (1972) ... (writer)
- The Other Side (1967) ... (writer)
 1971 Die Anarchisten (TV Movie)
 1970 Scheidung auf englisch (TV Movie) (play)
 1970 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Married Alive (1970) ... (writer)
 1969 John and Mary (screenplay)
 1969 Plays of Today (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Voyage Round My Father (1969) ... (writer)
 1968 A Flea in Her Ear (writer)
 1966-1968 The Wednesday Play (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Infidelity Took Place (1968) ... (writer)
- The Head Waiter (1966) ... (writer)
 1968 Beryl Reid Says Good Evening (TV Series) (additional material - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (1968) ... (additional material)
 1967 Podnevna pauza (TV Movie) (play)
 1967 Eerlijk en ongelogen (TV Movie) (play "Call Me a Liar")
 1967 A Flea in Her Ear (TV Movie) (translator)
 1967 Der Mann aus dem Bootshaus (TV Movie) (novel "The Narrowing Stream")
 1967 Armchair Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Exploding Azalea (1967) ... (writer)
 1966 Der Oberkellner (TV Movie) (play)
 1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- A Choice of Kings (1966) ... (writer)
 1965 Reci da sam lazov (TV Movie)
 1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing (screenplay)
 1965 BBC 3 (TV Series)
 1965 Konversationslexikon (TV Movie) (play)
 1965 Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.47 (1965) ... (writer)
 1964 Teatterituokio (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Merry Paysonin suuri tilaisuus (1964) ... (writer)
 1964 Der Fluggast (TV Movie) (play)
 1964 Wat vertellen we Caroline? (TV Movie)
 1963 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Collect Your Hand Baggage (1963) ... (writer)
 1963 The Running Man (screenplay)
 1963 Back to Back (TV Movie) (plays "What Shall We Tell Caroline?" and "The Dock Brief")
 1962 Ne éljek, ha nem igaz! (TV Movie) (play)
 1962 Trial and Error (play)
 1962 Ett svårt fall (TV Movie)
 1961 Branilac po sluzbenoj duznosti (TV Movie)
 1961 Lunch Hour (play) / (screenplay)
 1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- I Spy (1961) ... (play)
 1961 The Innocents (additional scenes & dialogue)
 1961 De beklaagde (TV Movie)
 1961 Mittagspause (TV Short) (play "Lunch Hour")
 1961 They Met in a City (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Encyclopaedist (1961) ... (writer)
 1961 Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1961 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Wrong Side of the Park (1961) ... (writer)
 1960 Sie können's mir glauben (TV Movie) (play)
 1960 David and Broccoli (TV Movie)
 1959 Play of the Week (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
 1959 Ferry to Hong Kong (additional dialogue)
 1958 Das Pflichtmandat (TV Movie) (play "The Dock Brief")
 1958 I Spy (TV Movie) (radio script)
 1947 Home and School (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

His play, "The Judge", was performed at the Theatre Royal in Brighton, Sussex, England with Patrick Wymark, Patience Collier, Michael Pennington and Ernest Clark in the cast. Stuart Burge was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 6 Interviews | 82 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir John Mortimer | John Mortimer QC
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on why he preferred defending murderers to handling divorce cases] Matrimonial clients hate each other so much and use their children to hurt each other in beastly ways. Murderers have usually killed the one person in the world that was bugging them and they're usually quite peaceful and agreeable. See more »

Trivia:

In September 2004 it was revealed that he had a second son, Ross Bentley, the result of a short affair with Wendy Craig. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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