Emily Mortimer is rebooting her father's television show 'Rumpole of the Bailey'.

Emily Mortimer

Emily Mortimer

The 'Mary Poppins Returns' star is the daughter of late screenwriter John Mortimer, and she - through production company King Bee, which she runs with her husband Alessandro Nivola - is currently penning a comeback show alongside her sister Rosie.

The original legal drama - which aired on Thames Television with seven series between 1978 and 1992 - starred Leo McKern and told the story of Horace Rumpole, an ageing barrister who defended a mix of eccentric people in his time.

EOne will co-produce the project and Polly Williams, who is head of UK scripted development at the company, is "very excited" for the upcoming modern take on the show.

She also insisted there will be lots to look forward to, as Emily has a range of "great connections" and "a network of talent" she can access for the show.

She said: "Emily is quite rare, as is Alessandro, because although they're actors, they're both producers and have made some good indie films and she wrote 'Doll & Em' for Sky and HBO.

"She's got great connections and a network of talent that they can access. They wanted to grow their business so we partnered with them.

"The way we work with producers is if there's someone that we're excited about, a writer that we love, or a director coming in with a piece that they really want to do, we're willing to go out there and develop at a very early stage."

Currently, development is in early stages and there is no information as to who will star in the rebooted version of the show.

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