Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Season 10, Episode 2

Bribery & Corruption: Part One (17 Jan. 1997)

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A recent college graduate believes he loves the wife of his father's former friend, but young Nicholas does not know that she's having an affair with his father.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Nicholas Hawthorne (Aged 22)
Fiona Mollison ...
Emma Sorensen
Damian Zuk ...
Nicholas Hawthorne (Aged 16 / 17) (as Damien Zuk)
Nick Hawthorne
Janet Dale ...
Delia Myerson
Abigail Cruttenden ...
Annabel Lynes
Hugh Simon ...
Hotel Maitre D'
Julius Sorensen
Cara Konig ...
Tony Spooner ...
Lawrence Mullin ...
Det. Sgt. Khan
William Chubb ...
Det. Insp. Macarthy
Des McAleer ...
Robert Oates ...
Fishmonger (as Bob Oates)


Nicholas Hawthorne is a young engineering graduate looking for a job in boat building. Then job-hunting becomes the least of his concerns when a family friend is murdered and it becomes aparent that his father has a secret. Written by Simon Shearn <>

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Det. Sgt. Khan: [Referring to the murder] It doesn't look random, does it?
Det. Insp. Macarthy: Not in a million years!
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28 December 2007 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

The detective story is a miraculous thing. It allows for a game of wits between the reader and writer which perhaps on screen (or onpage) surrogates. It is, I think the root of noir, and hence a huge family of narrative folding and similar devices.

But somewhere along the line, writers abandoned it. Writers in the genre today call themselves "mystery" writers and are as apt to engage in "psychological" fiction as in the shape of the storytelling. Rendell is one of these.

I think this because of TeeVee and the growing laziness of viewers, plus the trend in cinematic writing to focus on characters and particularly characters that drive situations. Its anti-noir. It sells. I find it profoundly pedestrian.

This edition is probably typical of the series. It features one actor, James D'Arcy who we would see later as a reimagined Holmes. And one other actor, the husband of the murdered woman, who does an uncharacteristically fine job. Otherwise, a waste. When you rely on the psychological interplay, it had better be interesting. It isn't here.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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