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"Ruth Rendell Mysteries" Simisola: Part One (1996)

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Original Air Date:
26 January 1996 (Season 9, Episode 3)
Chief inspector Wexford and a darkly intelligent, deeply troubling labyrinth of sex, murder, and race.
The 22 year old daughter of Wexford's new Nigerian doctor reports his 22 year old daughter missing and the last person known to have seen her is found murdered. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Baker ... Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford
Christopher Ravenscroft ... Det. Insp. Mike Burden

Jane Lapotaire ... Anouk Khoori

George Harris ... Dr. Raymond Akande
Charon Bourke ... Sylvia Wexford / Fairfax
Philip Bird ... Neil
Louie Ramsay ... Dora Wexford
Adrian Martin ... Robin
Tom Donaldson ... Ben
Ellen Thomas ... Laurette Akande
Sasha Mitchell ... DS Karen Malahyde
Robin Kermode ... Sgt. Vine

Idris Elba ... Raffy
Daniel Ilsley ... Gary
David Doyle ... Dean
Barrie Shore ... Mrs. Stowlap
Trevor Byfield ... Leyton

Razaaq Adoti ... Patrick Akande
Alison Fielding ... Ingrid Pamber
Charles Simon ... Percy Hammond
Pauline Munro ... Mrs. Harris
Jane Wyatt ... Newsreader
Naomi Buch ... Susan Riding

Emily Hamilton ... Sophie Riding

Michael Cochrane ... Swithun Riding
Shaughan Seymour ... Bruce Snow
Meg Davies ... Carolyn Snow
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joanna Jeffrees ... Fortune Teller (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jim Goddard 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alan Plater  writer
Ruth Rendell  novel

Produced by
Graham Benson .... executive producer
Colin Rogers .... executive producer: Meridian
Neil Zeiger .... producer
Original Music by
Brian Bennett 
Cinematography by
Walter McGill (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Christopher Wentzell 
Casting by
Doreen Jones 
Production Design by
Christine Ruscoe 
Art Direction by
Paul Cowell 
Costume Design by
Rita Angell 
Makeup Department
Toni Holmes .... makeup designer
Production Management
Peter Hider .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leon Coole .... third assistant director
Luc Etienne .... first assistant director
Art Department
Graham Curtis .... production buyer
John Hamon .... graphic designer
Kenny Palmer .... props
Fleur Whitlock .... stand-by art director
Sound Department
Dave Fallon .... dubbing mixer
Paul Guiver .... dubbing editor
John Paine .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
John Donoghue .... gaffer
Lewis Foster .... camera operator
Jamie Hicks .... assistant camera
Jon Stephen .... clapper loader
William Tracey .... best boy
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sheryl Brittain .... wardrobe mistress
Other crew
Marissa Cowell .... continuity
Peter Harvey .... production accountant
Dawn Mortimer .... production coordinator
Georgina True-May .... location manager

Series Crew
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Marc Cass .... stunts
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Additional Details

103 min | UK:120 min (including commercials)
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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.
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Simisola, 30 October 2005
Author: johnwdonaldson from United States

Reg Wexford is looking a lot older. This made for TV movie is another of Ruth Rendell's excellent Inspector Wexford mysteries. This plot emphasizes some of the racial as opposed to racist problems that exist in the UK. The story hinges on the disappearance of the daughter of a Nigerian doctor and his wife. When the body of a black female is discovered Wexford assumes immediately that it is the missing girl because she is black. It is not and the doctors wife, a nurse, tells Wexford that you think we all look alike and you cannot see beyond the color of our skin. Despite this Wexford soldiers on and works very diligently to solve the murder.It also shows how depressing it is to be a job seeker in the UK and the bureaucracy involved.

It is a well plotted murder story and in a previous Wexford, Reg says that" There is no such thing as a coincidence in a murder case" The same is true here . If you liked Reg Wexford mysteries in the past you will enjoy this one.

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