Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Season 8, Episode 1

Vanity Dies Hard: Part 1 (24 Mar. 1995)

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When wealthy middle-aged divorcée Alice Fielding, marries a handsome younger man, her best friend Nesta, who has fallen on hard times, begins to resent her.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Gurnett ...
Nesta Drage
Justin Whittaker
Leonard Preston ...
Hugo Whittaker
Arthur White ...
Mr. Snow
David Hargreaves ...
Mr. Feast
Daphne Feast
Harry Blunden
Eleanor David ...
Alice Fielding
Melanie Kilburn ...
Damian Hunt ...
Mark Whittaker
William Holmes ...
Chris Whittaker
Shirley Cain ...
Doctor's receptionist
Mark Frankel ...
Andrew Fielding
Anne Jameson ...
Mrs. Johnson
Michael Parkhouse ...


Wealthy but barren orphan Alice,raised by her uncle Justin, marries younger teacher Andrew Fielding, raising him up the social ladder. Her best friend, Nesta Drage, a widowed florist, hits financial hardship but refuses Alice's offer of help, planning to sell up and move. The night before the move she dines with the Fieldings and Andrew drives her home, past the graveyard being dug up to make way for a new by-pass. Next morning she has gone without any word of farewell, yet she has left behind a trunk with all her clothes in . Written by don @ minifie-1

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9 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As is my custom with favorite actors or actresses, I select titles at times in which they have contributed. This time it was Peter Egan. Saw him first in "Lillie" with Francesca Annis, and it looks like there's nothing comparable to that marvelous part and portrayal as Oscar Wilde. I heartily agree with the reviewer who warns one off this dull-as-ditch-water vehicle. In my experience, one can satisfy curiosity and interest in a poor adaptation if one has enjoyed the author and the source material. I have managed to at least watch with interest mediocre films of favorite authors just to see what they did with it, however just that one time. Nothing here invites a re-visit of this series.

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