Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987–2000)
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Shake Hands Forever: Part One 

Robert Hathall brings his mother home for a visit, and she finds her daughter-in-law murdered. Inspector Wexford ]is puzzled and annoyed by the attitude of both Hathall and his mother and some oddities in the physical evidence.

Director:

Don Leaver

Writers:

Clive Exton (dramatisation) (as J.E.M. Brooks), Ruth Rendell (novel)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Baker ... Chief Insp. Wexford
Christopher Ravenscroft ... Inspector Burden
Tom Wilkinson ... Robert Hathall
Margery Mason Margery Mason ... Mrs. Hathall
Patrick Drury Patrick Drury ... Chief Supt. Howard Fortune
June Ritchie ... Nancy Lake
Louie Ramsay Louie Ramsay ... Dora Wexford
Michael Byrne ... DCC Charles Griswold
Fred Pearson ... Chief Insp. Jack 'Brock' Lovat
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Mr. Aveney
Julian Firth ... John Oldbury
Anthony Douse Anthony Douse ... Flat Landlord
Sheila Ruskin Sheila Ruskin ... Denise Fortune
Ken Kitson ... Sgt. Martin
Robert Swann Robert Swann ... Airport Inspector
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Robert Hathall brings his mother home for a visit, and she finds her daughter-in-law murdered. Inspector Wexford ]is puzzled and annoyed by the attitude of both Hathall and his mother and some oddities in the physical evidence.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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The title is taken from a sonnet 'The Parting' by the Elizabethan poet Michael Drayton. See more »

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A kind of loving
27 February 2021 | by xmasdaybaby1966See all my reviews

It's not probably. 10 in reality but it is the final screen appearances by one of my favourites actresses, June Ritchie. I watched the 3 episodes as an omnibus so I am not sure where each part ends. In my opinion, it is the best story yet and a bit different to before as Wexford believes he has his man from the outset and nearly loses his job tracking him down. A good twist in the tail in part 3. I do feel that if made now then it would be tighter and less wordy and shown as a one of two hour show but a good watch even if it is just to save off our Ingrid Rothwell from A Kind Of Loving.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1988 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Romsey, Hampshire, England, UK

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TVS Television See more »
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Runtime:

| (3 episodes)

Color:

Color
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