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Some Lie and Some Die: Part One 

During a massive outdoor music festival, a girl is murdered. Could the enigmatic rock star Zeno be involved in any way?


Sandy Johnson


Matthew Jacobs (adaptation), John Davies (originally developed for television by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Baker ... Det. Chief Insp. Wexford
Christopher Ravenscroft Christopher Ravenscroft ... Det. Insp. Burden
Louie Ramsay Louie Ramsay ... Dora Wexford
Diane Keen ... Jenny Ireland
Peter Capaldi ... Zeno Vedast
David Lyon David Lyon ... Leonard Dunsand
Susie Ann Watkins Susie Ann Watkins ... Nell Tate (as Susan Watkins)
Joseph Long ... Godfrey Tate
Dave Hill Dave Hill ... Det. Chief Constable Freeborn
Gemma Jones ... Mrs. Peveril
Donald Sumpter ... Edward Peveril
Mary MacLeod Mary MacLeod ... Mrs. Stoner
Joan White Joan White ... Granny Peckham
Bella Enahoro Bella Enahoro ... Joan Miall
Q ... Louis Mbowele (as Kwabena Manso)


During a massive outdoor music festival, a girl is murdered. Could the enigmatic rock star Zeno be involved in any way?

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murder | based on novel | See All (2) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

30 September 1990 (UK) See more »

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TVS Television See more »
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(3 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford: Who was it that said everyone has their 15 minutes of fame in their life?
DS Martin: I don't know, sir. Bob Monkhouse?
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Let Me Believe
Lyrics by Michael Richards
Music by Brian Bennett and Warren Bennett
Performed by Warren Bennett (vocals), Ray Minhinnett (guitar), Mark Griffiths (keyboards) and Brian Bennett (drums)
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One of the best in the Wexford series.
8 February 2018 | by Paul EvansSee all my reviews

A major music event in Kingsmarkham sees Zeno arrive and perform, a famous star with true charisma. The gig is forced to stop when the body of a young woman is found nearby on a green. Wexford has to tackle the case without his home back up, he and Dora had a holiday booked, she's opted to go alone.

This is one of the best offerings in the Wexford series, I've always loved the story, but the way in which it's brought to life here is quite something. I've been a bit critical of the odd episode for drawing things out, not so here, it's very sharp, gripping and loaded with intrigue. It's a layered story, with plenty of suspects, and enough blind alleys to keep you intrigued.

The success of this story rested on the shoulders of Peter Capaldi, Zeno was very much the star attraction in this mystery, the talisman, and fortunately Capaldi gives a standout performance, he is quite brilliant, and as always has real star quality. Great performances from Donald Sumpter, Gemma Jones and of course the introduction of the lovely Diane Keen. I have also been a little picky with Chris Ravenscroft in the past, this by a mile was his best performance as Mike, he has empathy, showing a very human side, which was too often absent in later episodes, he was excellent here.

Once again, I'm very greatful to the German company that's released several mysteries on DVD.

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