- Originally transmitted in two parts in 1991
- Episode fourteen / series four
- Last on: Tue, 16th September 2008 at 9:05pm on ITV3
- Adapted from the Ruth Rendell novel by George Baker
- Directed by Mary McMurray
- Not currently available on DVD
- Wexford and Me: Most Difficult Subject
- Filming Locations
Margaret Parsons was a shy, unexceptional woman who lived a Spartan existence with her dour husband in a decrepit Victorian house. So why was she murdered in such a vicious and passionate attack? A search of the Parsons’ attic uncovers a collection of expensive books – all dedicated to Minna and signed with love from Doon. Wexford’s search to uncover the identity of the mysterious Doon takes him back to Margaret’s school days and her friendship with a group of girls who have now all become successful figures in Kingsmarkham society…
- From Doon with Death is the first Wexford title adapted by George Baker and was nominated for a Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award.
- George Baker:
I’d always wanted to write a screenplay for the Rendell Mysteries, so I was delighted to get the opportunity. I don’t thing it was easier for me to write From Doon with Death because I was in it. I just tried to think of how Wexford and Burden would act in certain situations. In fact, I never thought of myself as Wexford when I was writing, although I don’t suppose anyone is as well qualified as me—apart from Ruth herself—to know how Wexford thinks by now. I was very pleased with the way it turned out. Mary McMurray and I worked well together. We never had to worry about having the writer on call because I was there all the time!
- It took George Baker eight weeks to write the screenplay for From Doon with Death. He started work at 5.30am each day, writing before taking a daily six-mile walk, then returning to his study for several hours after breakfast.
I get a lot of my ideas when I’m walking, it’s the ideas that are the hard part. Once I’ve done the thinking and got an idea for a scene, the writing isn’t difficult. I discipline myself to sit down in my study and work for a certain number go hours each day, even if I only manage to write a page some days.
Cast + Credits
Original music composed by
1st Assistant Director
Make up Supervisior
Michael D Smith
A Television South Production