In-demand star Benedict Cumberbatch has revived his role as fictional barrister Rumpole Of The Bailey to return in further BBC Radio 4 dramas.
The Sherlock star slotted the recordings of the stories, by late author John Mortimer, into his busy filming schedule during a flying visit to the UK last month
The 37-year-old, who has voiced the character on previous occasions, recorded two new episodes alongside Jasmine Hyde, who plays his wife Hilda, with the stories to be broadcast next week.
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The stories, which also feature Nigel Anthony and Stephen Critchlow, are set in 1964 when Rumpole's new pupil, Phillida Trant causes trouble.
The claret-drinking lawyer is given the task of defending a man accused of blackmail, but Trant risks a charge of contempt of court by helping her journalist friend to publish the name of the victim.
In a further episode Rumpole represents a defendant accused of attempted murder, and leaves his wife.
:: Rumpole And The Old Boy Net will be broadcast by Radio 4 on Thursday at 2.15pm, with Rumpole And The Sleeping Partners on the next day.