Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Season 10, Episode 8

A Dark Blue Perfume (15 Aug. 1997)

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A middle-aged man is still haunted by a love affair from his youth which almost ended in murder.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Helmer ...
Removal Man
Sara Markland ...
Rowena Cooper ...
Charlotte Avery ...
Young Katherine
Mark Mordue ...
Young Mark
Tina Marian ...
Nick Marshall ...
1st Thug
William Oliver ...
2nd Thug
Helen Rimmer ...
Woman in Pub
Bridget Armstrong ...
Old Katherine


After living abroad for many years, Mark Roberts returns to his home town of Manchester. He's something of a recluse who apparently has little interest in socializing with anyone in the community. A few months after his arrival he forms a friendship with a neighbor, the recently widowed Liz. For her, the affair is a liberating experience but she can't bring Mark out of his shell. A local busybody decides to find out more about him and finds that he once tried to kill his fiancée and spent 8 years in jail as a result. In fact, Mark is haunted by the incident and can't bring himself to visit the woman h tried to kill. In fact, he keeps seeing her on the street, just as he remembered her a those years ago. Urged on by Liz, he finally goes to see the woman, with tragic results. Written by garykmcd

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Sheila: [to herself as she walks away from Mark] Lovely story but I don't believe a word of it! There's something not quite right about you, Mr. Roberts!
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Well worth seeing if you get the chance
18 May 2002 | by (Lincolnshire, England) – See all my reviews

This is a neat little story, beautifully acted by Susannah York and John Castle as the middle-aged couple who meet and fall in love. Unfortunately, the past returns to haunt them both and the ending comes as quite a shock. If it's shown again on TV, try and catch it.

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