Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987–2000)
4 user 1 critic

May and June: Part One 

After a lifetime of sibling rivalry, mousy May accepts an invitation from her recently-widowed younger sister June, to live with her in her elegant home.


James Cellan Jones


Ken Blakeson (adaptation), Ruth Rendell (novel) | 1 more credit »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Kavanagh Christine Kavanagh ... June Symonds
Michael Nardone ... Mortuary Attendant
Phoebe Nicholls ... May Thrace
Tina Hobley Tina Hobley ... Woman on train
Albert Welling ... Mr. Thrace
Charlotte Mason-Apps ... May (aged 3)
Gabrielle Reidy Gabrielle Reidy ... Mrs. Thrace
Lloyd McGuire ... Man on train
Jessica Fox ... May (aged 13)
Claire Szekeres Claire Szekeres ... June (aged 10)
John Moreno John Moreno ... Taxi driver
Lalita Ahmed ... Asian Mother
Anisha Gangotra Anisha Gangotra ... Asian Girl
Dhrupal Goldman Dhrupal Goldman ... Asian Girl (as Dhupral Patel)
Sally Sanders Sally Sanders ... Landlady


When her brother-in-law William Symonds dies, May Thrace returns to her home town after a 20 year absence to attend his funeral. She is not there, as she makes quite plain, to visit her now widowed sister June. The two have been estranged for a long-time and have not seen or spoke to one another since their mother's funeral 7 years before. Even as children, they bickered constantly and May always felt that June was her parents', especially her father's, favorite. May and William were once engaged but that soon came to an end when William met and eventually married June. May attempted suicide as a result of her broken heart. June would very much like to reconcile with May and asks her to come and live with her. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


Did You Know?


June Symonds: [Gazing at her husband's corpse in the morgue] He looks just like a waxwork.
Mortuary Attendant: A lot of people say that.
See more »

User Reviews

A slow start, but a commendable middle and ending.
22 December 2001 | by Andrew HopperSee all my reviews

This film had a reasonably slow start, but soon developed into a thriller that of commendable quality. The acting is very good and the story line is excellent, proving to be exceptional. Having two sisters in the film gives it a mild twist.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

7 February 1997 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed