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Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford (Character)
from "Ruth Rendell Mysteries" (1987)

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"Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Harm Done (#12.1)" (2000)
Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: Stephen Devenish is the most faithful husband on earth. He loves his wife - she's the one woman he can beat to a pulp.

[quoting from a poison-pen letter]
Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: "Dear Mr Devenish. I wonder if you know what a monster you are. A psychopath, not a human being at all. Evil like yours is, in fact, quite rare. Thank God. But God won't have his revenge on you till after you have died. So he has appointed me to carry out retribution. I shall kill you! I will make your wife a widow and your children orphans, and laugh for joy." No signature. Funny, isn't it, how even the writers of hate mail use a term of endearment: *Dear* Mr Devenish.

D.I. Burden: It doesn't matter what a girl looks like or how simple she is... Yes, all right, don't look at me like that. You know what I mean... or shy... or whatever. The instinct in young human beings to reproduce is so powerful, the most unlikely ones get it together. It's like magnets.
Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: [Wryly] Well, I wouldn't remember.

Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: [Angrily, to Burden] Don't teach me how to suck eggs, Mike!

Tommy Smith: Why can't they just leave us be?
Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: [Dryly] I think you know the answer to that.


"Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Simisola: Part One (#9.3)" (1996)
[looking at a run-down block of flats]
Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: Half of them are empty. The council's saving up to blow them up.
Det. Insp. Mike Burden: If Mrs Khoori gets elected they're going to have an explosion sponsored by the Crescent supermarket.
Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: If the BNP get in they're going to leave the people in and then blow it up.

Det. Insp. Mike Burden: Dr. Akand telephoned
Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: Akand-e
Det. Insp. Mike Burden: I like doctors best when they're called Finlay and Cameron
Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: I think that may be racist
Det. Insp. Mike Burden: What?
Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: Preferring your doctors Scottish to Nigerian
Det. Insp. Mike Burden: I'm not racist. All Scotsmen look the same to me

Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: What did you think of our chairperson?
DS Karen Malahyde: The more she tries to impress, the less I'm impressed.

Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: If I was having an affair, how long would it take you to guess?
Sylvia Wexford: Ten minutes... fifteen if you were clever. Let's say ten.


"Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Simisola: Part Two (#9.4)" (1996)
Robin: I've decided that all European languages are really, really boring.
Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: [Tongue in cheek] Oh, I'll inform Tolstoy, Balzac, and Shakespeare immediately.

Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: May I remind you this conversation's being recorded.
Carolyn Snow: [Contemptuously] Bring out the album!

Ingrid Pamber: [looking in awe at the interior of the Khoori mansion] Isn't it a wonderful house?
Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: Yes, beautiful! Built by the poor for the rich. Maintained by the poor for the rich. It says money and privilege. Absolutely demands respect!
Ingrid Pamber: What's the use of having money if you don't flaunt it?


"Ruth Rendell Mysteries: The Best Man to Die: Part One (#4.4)" (1990)
Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: My God, I've been a fool!
Dr. Len Crocker: I've been telling you that for years Reg

Det. Insp. Mike Burden: He's lying isn't he.
Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: The lies are queueing up behind his teeth!


"Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Simisola: Part Three (#9.5)" (1996)
Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: Where have I seen that car before?
Det. Insp. Mike Burden: In your worst nightmare.

Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: [to Burden] Right. well now, it's 90% investigation and 10% intuition. I rely on my 10%.


"Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Some Lie and Some Die: Part One (#4.1)" (1990)
Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: Who was it that said everyone has their 15 minutes of fame in their life?
DS Martin: I don't know, sir. Bob Monkhouse?


"Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Road Rage: Part One (#11.4)" (1998)
D.C.I. Reg Wexford: [Distraught over Dora's disappearance] She must be dead!