Caroline Stafford

Birkett
  • Birkett

  • Five tales of murder, mayhem and political intrigue from the casebook of Norman Birkett

    Norman Birkett KC (1883-1962) was a real-life Rumpole - a distinguished and highly skilled lawyer who had numerous successes in the courtroom during his long career. This collection covers some of his most famous cases of the inter-war years, including the dramatic trial of Buck Ruxton; the notorious Dennistoun affair; and the peculiar events surrounding the mysterious cyclist Ronald Light.

    Norman Birkett and the Case of the Coleford Poisoner - The celebrated advocate defends a woman accused of murdering her husband with arsenic.

    Birkett and the Blind Soldier - When a blind First World War veteran is charged with killing his wife, Birkett takes on his defence.

    Birkett and the Green Bicycle - Appearing for the prosecution, the brilliant barrister deals with a case involving death by gunshot, pacifism and chocolate...

    Birkett and the Red Stains on the Carpet - The renowned KC defends a doctor accused of murdering and dismembering his wife and maid.

    Birkett and the Naked Toreador - Norman Birkett takes on the case that made his name in this extraordinary saga of blackmail, snobbery, society scandal and bullfighting...

    David Haig and Neil Dudgeon star as Birkett, with Alison Pettitt and Bonnie Engstrom as his wife, Billie, and Alun Raglan as his clerk, Edgar.

    Written by Caroline and David Stafford
    Directed by Marc Beeby

    Norman Birkett and the Case of the Coleford Poisoner
    Birkett - David Haig
    Edgar Bowker - Trystan Gravelle
    Billie - Alison Pettitt
    Elton Pace - Michael Shelford
    Annie Pace/Leslie Pace - Clare Corbett
    Dr du Pre - Sam Dale
    Judge Horridge/Vicar - Bruce Alexander
    Mrs Elizabeth Porter - Joanna Monro
    Other parts were played by John Biggins and Nigel Hastings
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 1 June 2010

    Birkett and the Blind Soldier
    Norman Birkett - Neil Dudgeon
    Billie - Bonnie Engstrom
    Edgar - Alun Raglan
    Lady Pearson - Adjoa Andoh
    Arthur - Carl Prekopp
    MacCormac - Paul Moriarty
    Frazer/Warder - Adam Billington
    Humphreys - James Lailey
    Sgt Waller - Gerard McDermott
    Randall/Clerk - Rikki Lawton
    Grace/Margaret - Alex Rivers
    Woman - Victoria Inez Hardy
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 3 January 2012

    Birkett and the Green Bicycle
    Norman Birkett - Neil Dudgeon
    Billie - Bonnie Engstrom
    Edgar - Alun Raglan
    Sir Edward - Nicholas Jones
    Cadbury - James Lailey
    Cox/Enoch - Adam Billington
    Judge - Gerard McDermott
    Lily/Muriel - Francine Chamberlain
    Ronald - Christopher Webster
    Graham - Simon Bubb
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 10 January 2012

    Birkett and the Red Stains on the Carpet
    Norman Birkett - Neil Dudgeon
    Billie - Bonnie Engstrom
    Edgar - Alun Raglan
    Jackson - Adam Billington
    Buck Ruxton - Sagar Arya
    Shaw - Gerard McDermott
    Glaister - James Lailey
    Bennett - Rikki Lawton
    Alfred - Christopher Webster
    Susan/Gracie - Victoria Inez Hardy
    Mary - Alex Rivers
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 17 January 2012

    Birkett and the Naked Toreador
    Norman Birkett - Neil Dudgeon
    Billie - Bonnie Engstrom
    Edgar - Alun Raglan
    Lady Caernarvon - Joanna Monro
    Sir Edward - Nicholas Jones
    Dennistoun - Carl Prekopp
    Mlle Cina - Victoria Inez Hardy
    Dorothy - Adjoa Andoh
    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 24 January 2012

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Caroline and David Stafford are award-winning screenwriters who have collaborated on numerous comedies and dramas including Man of Soup, The Brothers, Hazelbeach, The True and Inspirational Life Of St. Nicholas, The Day The Planes Came, The Year They Invented Sex, Feminine Forever and a series of legal dramas based on the true-life cases of Norman Birkett. Their biography of the composer Lionel Bart, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be, was chosen as BBC Radio 4’s Book of The Week and shortlisted for the Sheridan Morley award.

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