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Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV Series 1987– )

  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 160 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery
  • Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Louie Ramsay | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Brian Bennett (47 episodes, 1988-1999) 
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Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV Series 1987– )


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  • IMDb page: Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV Series 1987– )
  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 160 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Mystery
  • Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Louie Ramsay | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Brian Bennett (47 episodes, 1988-1999) 
  • Sound Mix: Mono
  • Plot Keyword: Three Word Title

Writing Credits By:

  • Ruth Rendell (77 episodes, 1987-2000)
  • John Davies (13 episodes, 1988-1992)
  • Julian Bond (7 episodes, 1992-1998)
  • Trevor Preston (6 episodes, 1989-1994)
  • George Baker (5 episodes, 1991-1998)
  • Clive Exton (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
  • Geoffrey Case (3 episodes, 1989-1996)
  • Roger Marshall (3 episodes, 1989)
  • Matthew Jacobs (3 episodes, 1990-1992)
  • Peter Berry (3 episodes, 1991)
  • Guy Meredith (3 episodes, 1996-1997)
  • Rosemary Anne Sisson (2 episodes, 1992)
  • John Harvey (2 episodes, 1996)
  • Ken Blakeson (2 episodes, 1997)

Known Trivia

    Plot: 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. Full summary »

    Story: 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 byBye

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Graham Benson known as executive producer (53 episodes, 1987-2000)
    • Neil Zeiger known as producer (53 episodes, 1988-2000)
    • Colin Rogers known as executive producer: Meridian (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
    • Peter Hider known as associate producer (9 episodes, 1998-1999)
    • Tim Vaughan known as executive producer (3 episodes, 1998-2000)

    FullCast & Crew:

    • George Baker known as Det. Chief Insp. Reg Wexford / known as (49 episodes, 1987-2000)
    • Christopher Ravenscroft known as Det. Insp. Burden / known as (49 episodes, 1987-2000)
    • Louie Ramsay known as Dora Wexford (46 episodes, 1987-2000)
    • Ken Kitson known as Det. Sgt. Martin / known as (35 episodes, 1987-1992)
    • Diane Keen known as Jenny Burden / known as (29 episodes, 1990-2000)
    • John Burgess known as Dr. Len Crocker / known as (21 episodes, 1988-1992)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:

    • Claire Matthews known as makeup artist (23 episodes, 1988-1992)
    • Debbie McKinlay known as makeup designer / makeup supervisor / … (20 episodes, 1991-2000)
    • Toni Holmes known as makeup supervisor / makeup artist / … (16 episodes, 1990-1997)
    • Toni Lee known as makeup designer / makeup artist / … (7 episodes, 1996-2000)
    • Marian Durnford known as makeup artist (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
    • Anne Townley known as makeup artist / makeup supervisor (3 episodes, 1988-1989)

    Art Department:

    • Graham Curtis known as production buyer (36 episodes, 1989-2000)
    • John Hamon known as graphic designer / graphics / … (35 episodes, 1990-1999)
    • Kenny Palmer known as props / stand-by propman / … (28 episodes, 1990-1999)
    • Paul Kearney known as property master (6 episodes, 1987-1999)
    • Fred Triccas known as graphic designer (6 episodes, 1988-1989)
    • Alan Bates known as production buyer (5 episodes, 1989-1991)
    • Paul Booth known as stand-by art director / assistant art director (5 episodes, 1998-1999)
    • Ray Warwick known as production buyer (3 episodes, 1988)
    • Max Grant known as stand-by craftsman / construction crew (3 episodes, 1989-1992)
    • Lee Rogers known as stand-by propman / stand-by painter (3 episodes, 1989-1992)
    • Mike Swanston known as construction coordinator / dressing props (3 episodes, 1992-1999)
    • Fleur Whitlock known as stand-by art director (3 episodes, 1996)
    • Colin Bradbury known as construction coordinator (2 episodes, 1992)




    Production Companies:

    • Blue Heaven Productions

    Other Companies:

    • Compuhire  computer playback

    Additional Details


    • Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. Sulla-2 from United Kingdom
      01 Dec 2014, 10:57 am

      Why no cast list for this very popular TV programme of the 90’s. Itshould really have been called ‘ Wexford ‘ The star, Detective ChiefInspector Reg Wexford is played by George Baker a very experienced andaccomplished UK actor. The programme is set in rural England, probablyHampshire. Wexford is a good old fashioned reliable solid BritishPoliceman. We are not talking here about gruesome murders or carchases. We are talking about traditional detection methods and aPolicemen who has integrity and the trust of the public. In truth Bakerlooks that he is old enough to retire for the whole of the series. Heis assisted by a younger Inspector Burden ( Christopher Ravenscroft)andhis attractive wife played by Diane Keen.

    2. tedg ( from Virginia Beach
      01 Dec 2014, 10:57 am

      Nearly all of my viewing is set up by recommendations from viewers, orseparate, established agendas.

      But sometimes I watch something completely random, or nearly so. Thereare many failures, of course, which makes the successful surprises somuch sweeter. This is billed as a Ruth Rendell mystery. It must bebased on a story by her, but it is hardly a mystery. In fact it is sortof a parody of the genre, and not at all unsubtle.

      It is in fact rather bizarre. I usually do not mention the story incomments, but I see this is not well populated in IMDb. It is not goodenough for me to ask you to seek it out.

      An elderly couple come back to the town they left 35 years previously.The wife is bonkers, both characters drawn very cleverly and unusually.They meet an eccentric old man, the wife's former lover. For reasonsthat are not easily synopsized, the wife and the former lover decide toreinvestigate an old murder. They do this over the objections of thehusband.

      Its quite clever how it is set up initially, with many of the trappingsof a classic British mystery with our capering Tommy and Tuppance likecouple snooping around. But the thing slowly devolves into somethingclose to Lynch. The husband tries to poison his wife to stop her. Theold boyfriend takes over. There's a bench-burning. It really is odd,but very well done. Very well, in the way it creeps into throwing backat you what you expected.

      The story revolves around images: visions, art and misinterpretation.

      And the actors! The wife was the screwee in "Draughtsmans' Contract"and again in "Singing Detective," both remarkable characters. Thehusband was the long time Dr. Watson. The screwy old man played asimilar role in a 1967 (!) movie with Anthony Quinn. The "woman fromthe past" was the sexual object in "Tom Jones." Someone was thinkinghere.

      Ted's Evaluation — 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

    3. ctyankee1 from United States
      01 Dec 2014, 10:57 am

      I watched many of the series. They are long and dreary. Most crimemysteries have anger, sadness humor etc. These have no humor and onlythe bad qualities of humanity, cheating spouses, perverts, no moralsand no conscience. There is a lot of gore and sexual suggestion in thethe Ruth Rendell episodes. I don't know if that is the way the storieswere written but that is how they are in the movies. One particularepisode I did not watch all the way through had 2 men kissing which Ifind offensive. In general there are too many topics, too manysubjects, too many people who have reasonable guilt to do the crime.The crimes ending leaves the person thinking "Couldn't they come upwith a better ending?" I would prefer Agatha Christie any day. Rudellmovies are nor for kids they have very violent content along with allof the above.

      Wexford is a slightly better series by Rendell

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