From cold, rock-strewn moors to comfortable suburban estates, award-winning writer Ruth Rendell explores the dark fissures between friends and family members that motivate murder.
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George Baker ...  Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford / ... 50 episodes, 1987-2000
Christopher Ravenscroft Christopher Ravenscroft ...  Det. Insp. Burden / ... 50 episodes, 1987-2000
Louie Ramsay Louie Ramsay ...  Dora Wexford 47 episodes, 1987-2000
Ken Kitson ...  Det. Sgt. Martin / ... 35 episodes, 1987-1992
Diane Keen ...  Jenny Burden / ... 30 episodes, 1990-2000
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The series comprises adaptations of the works of Ruth Rendell, many of which are based on her extensive range of short stories. In some cases, the stories were expanded from Rendell's original material or elements from a number of stories were woven together into one episode. A smaller number of episodes were based on Rendell's full-length novels, starring James Callis and Front seat, starring Janet Suzman. There were a total of 55 episodes centering on the Detective Inspector Wexford stories, starring George Baker, Louie Ramsay and Christopher Ravenscroft, and an additional 29 episodes did not feature Wexford. Written by Bye

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UK

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English

Release Date:

2 August 1987 (UK) See more »

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The Ruth Rendell Mysteries See more »

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Blue Heaven Productions See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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David Jason is a big fan of the show and other detective series, which inspired him to play a detective in A Touch of Frost (1992). See more »

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Referenced in One Foot in the Grave: Monday Morning Will Be Fine (1992) See more »

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They made 48 episodes???
22 September 2018 | by r_cantrell-56717See all my reviews

We read the reviews and thought it would be a great series. The first story was carried over 4 episodes. Could have been done in an hour and still not with it! After the first episode, we were stunned and underwhelmed. However, we continued to watch (and FF where possible) to get to the merciful conclusion of the storyline. The worst "police" we've seen in any series. No focus. No passion except when they overacted. We read that Ruth Rendell based Wexford on herself. Passionless (except when overacting), no real ability to reason or solve crimes - so how was she able to write if she's like her character??? We will not waste our time on the remaining 44 episodes.


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