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Simisola: Part One 

The 22 year old daughter of Wexford's new Nigerian doctor reports his 22 year old daughter missing and the last person known to have seen her is found murdered.


Jim Goddard


Alan Plater, Ruth Rendell (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Baker ... Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford
Christopher Ravenscroft ... Det. Insp. Mike Burden
Jane Lapotaire ... Anouk Khoori
George Harris ... Dr. Raymond Akande
Charon Bourke Charon Bourke ... Sylvia Wexford / Fairfax
Philip Bird Philip Bird ... Neil
Louie Ramsay Louie Ramsay ... Dora Wexford
Adrian Martin Adrian Martin ... Robin
Tom Donaldson Tom Donaldson ... Ben
Ellen Thomas ... Laurette Akande
Sasha Mitchell Sasha Mitchell ... DS Karen Malahyde
Robin Kermode ... Sgt. Vine
Idris Elba ... Raffy
Daniel Ilsley Daniel Ilsley ... Gary
David Doyle David Doyle ... Dean


Inspector Wexford is approached by his black doctor with the request to track down his daughter. Then the body of a young black girl who has been murdered turns up... Written by Hans Arentsen <arent@iname.com>

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Chief inspector Wexford and a darkly intelligent, deeply troubling labyrinth of sex, murder, and race.


Crime | Drama | Mystery







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26 January 1996 (UK) See more »

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Dr. Raymond Akande: [to Wexford] In my profession when people start to say it's nothing, it occasionally turns out to be something.
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Alternate Versions

Originally shown as three 1-hour parts in successive weeks. Subsequently shown both as a 2-hour movie and as a 90-minute movie. In the 90-minute version, the character of Cookie Dix (Julie Peasgood) is omitted although she still appears in the credits. See more »

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30 October 2005 | by johnwdonaldsonSee all my reviews

Reg Wexford is looking a lot older. This made for TV movie is another of Ruth Rendell's excellent Inspector Wexford mysteries. This plot emphasizes some of the racial as opposed to racist problems that exist in the UK. The story hinges on the disappearance of the daughter of a Nigerian doctor and his wife. When the body of a black female is discovered Wexford assumes immediately that it is the missing girl because she is black. It is not and the doctors wife, a nurse, tells Wexford that you think we all look alike and you cannot see beyond the color of our skin. Despite this Wexford soldiers on and works very diligently to solve the murder.It also shows how depressing it is to be a job seeker in the UK and the bureaucracy involved.

It is a well plotted murder story and in a previous Wexford, Reg says that" There is no such thing as a coincidence in a murder case" The same is true here . If you liked Reg Wexford mysteries in the past you will enjoy this one.

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