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A Sleeping Life: Part One 

Tired of dealing with his older daughter's domestic problems, Reg Wexford is not really unhappy when a sudden death calls him away from home. The investigation of the fatal stabbing of ... See full summary »

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... Det. Chief Insp. Wexford
Christopher Ravenscroft ... Det. Insp. Burden
... Polly Flinders
Louie Ramsay ... Dora Wexford
Dave Hill ... Dep. Chief Constable Freeborn
... Malina Patel
Patrick Drury ... Chief Supt. Howard Fortune
William Simons ... Det. Insp. Michael Baker
Olivier Pierre ... Commissaire Pierre Laquin
Charon Bourke ... Sylvia Fairfax
Niall Buggy ... Victor Vivian
... Sgt. Martin
John Burgess ... Dr. Len Crocker
Iain Mitchell ... Hetherington
... Sheila Wexford
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Tired of dealing with his older daughter's domestic problems, Reg Wexford is not really unhappy when a sudden death calls him away from home. The investigation of the fatal stabbing of Rhoda Comfrey soon takes Wexford and Mike Burden to London where they find out that there is more to the silent life of Rhoda Comfrey than it seemed. Written by Jasper P. Morgan

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12 November 1989 (UK)  »

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Also screened as 'The Ruth Rendall Mystery Movie: A Sleeping Life' with all three episode edited into one. See more »

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An excellent adaptation
8 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed all the Wexford novels and adaptations, A Sleeping Life stands out as being particularly clever and imaginative. It boasts a particularly explosive and loud opening, the scene where Roda is stabbed is certainly enough to grab the viewers attention. A complex plot unravels, a question of gender identity is asked, and answered. It compares very well to the novelisation, it's a very faithful work. Slow paced in parts some would argue, I find it an excellent drama, Baker's French scenes are particularly enjoyable. A young Imelda Staunton plays Polly Flinders, it's easy to see how she is manipulated by the beautiful Malina Patel, again exactly as in the novel. I hope I don't offend anyone when I say I'd love to see the Wexford serials remade, they could do so much with them by bringing them up to date.


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