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The problem with television obits

By David Herman  

for those less good news stories

for those less good news stories

All credit to BBC4, the last of the smart channels. John Mortimer died on Friday and, two days later, on Sunday evening BBC4 had a whole evening dedicated to Rumpole’s creator. Of course, four of the five programmes were repeats, but nevertheless it made for four hours of good programming, including the two works Mortimer is best known for—”Rumpole” and “A Voyage Round My Father” (with Olivier and Alan Bates).

The one new programme was the least satisfactory.…

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