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Sir John Mortimer dies,aged 85 by bIG bLOGGER on 16 January 2009 3:05pm
 
The much-loved left-wing British playwright,author,writer,satirist,former barrister and creator of TV's:"Rumpole Of The Bailey",Sir John Mortimer has died today,aged 85,it has been announced,after battling a long illness.

He was highly-literate,witty,and also something of an eccentric,but there was much affection for him and his work in Britain.RIP.
 
Re: Sir John Mortimer dies,aged 85 by mrsteabag on 16 January 2009 7:10pm
 
I wasn't acquainted with much of Mr. Mortimer's work, but I so loved Rumpole. Blessings on the old darling's ears and whiskers!
 
Re: Sir John Mortimer dies,aged 85 by tucsonmike on 16 January 2009 7:44pm
 
Sorry to hear that, no more Rumpoles!
 
Re: Sir John Mortimer dies,aged 85 by perfectbitch on 16 January 2009 9:56pm
 
A great loss.

Linz
 
Re: Sir John Mortimer dies,aged 85 by sighthound on 16 January 2009 11:23pm
 
I hope BBC America or PBS will re-run some "Rumpole" episodes again in tribute to a wonderful writer. I'd love to see them again.
 
Re: Sir John Mortimer dies,aged 85 by mrsthing on 17 January 2009 2:25am
 
I used to love watching Rumpole! Apparently, he continued writing Rumpole until just a couple of years ago. I suppose he'd been doing it so long, Horatio (right?) had become like an old friend.
 
Re: Sir John Mortimer dies,aged 85 by bIG bLOGGER on 17 January 2009 2:48pm
 
It's good to hear you have seen 'Rumpole'
in America. I suppose the TV series was sold around the world.

As a barrister,John Mortimer became famous early on in the 1970's for his passion in defending (in court) various advocates of 'free speech'....
He defended the publishers of D.H.Lawrence's novel "Lady Chatterley's Lover";he defended the 'Oz Three' (Richard Neville,Felix Dennis,and James Anderson) in their 'Oz' magazine obscenity trial;he defended 'Gay News' editor Denis Lemon,and he defended in the case of the Sex Pistols and the right to call their album :"Never Mind The Bo**ocks"....and so it went on....many of these cases he won for the defence ;so it gives you a good idea of his willingnesss to put his reputation on the line to uphold certain libertarian values.

 
Re: Sir John Mortimer dies,aged 85 by johnnythemonkey on 18 January 2009 7:44pm
 
BBC 4 has a 'John Mortimer night', starting at 8pm (i.e. shortly) with the first episode of 'Rumpole Of The Bailey'.
Since this was planned before his death, you could say the the Beeb had it's finger on his pulse !
 
Re: Sir John Mortimer dies,aged 85 by geordiegirl on 19 January 2009 2:16pm
 
His RUMPOLE work certainly is classy, and he's regarded as a National Treasure, certainly.I did admire & respect the man, largely for his civil-libertarian values.

I believe he was all set to defend for 'Life of Brian' should that have ever come to a blasphemy trial (the likes of Mary Whitehouse certainly wanted it).
 



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