Irene Shubik enjoyed proving television executives wrong. As a BBC producer she commissioned John Mortimer to write six scripts for what was intended to be the first series of Rumpole of the Bailey.

When the BBC put the project on hold, she left for ITV and took Rumpole with her. The result was one of Thames Television’s most popular productions, running to 44 episodes over seven series between 1978 and 1992, with Leo McKern starring as the raffish barrister Horace Rumpole.

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