Christmas in Kingsmarkham and the festivities become a nightmare for one young mother when her baby is taken from its pram… and another is left in its place. Meanwhile, Wexford is having trouble bonding with his first grandchild and a spate of burglaries threaten to ruin Christmas completely.

  • The Ruth Rendell Christmas Mystery is adapted from the short story Ginger and the Kingsmarkham Chalk Circle.
  • Romsey was decked out with Christmas decorations and locals wandered around the town with Christmas trees and presents for the filming of this episode in July 1988.

Cast + Credits

  • DCI Wexford

    George Baker

  • DI Burden

    Christopher Ravenscroft

  • Dora Wexford

    Louie Ramsay

  • Jean Burden

    Ann Penfold

  • Pippa Bond

    Jane Horrocks

  • Tony Jasper

    Clive Wood

  • Leila Jasper

    Christine Kavanagh

  • Sylvia Fairfax

    Charon Bourke

  • Trevor Bond

    Jonathan Lacey

  • Susan Baines

    Alison Rose

  • Mrs Carter

    Dorothy Vernon

  • Julie

    Natasha Williams

  • Peter Jasper

    Ashley Barker

  • DS Martin

    Ken Kitson

  • Matron

    Meera Syal

  • Pat Burden

    Emma Smith

  • John Burden

    Noah Huntley

  • Mr Henderson

    Kenneth Midwood

  • Mrs Henderson

    Julia Lang

  • Mr Hunter

    Richard Haddon-Haines

  • Mrs Hunter

    Karen Archer

  • Mandy

    Shirley-Anne Selby

  • Katherine Freeman

    Barbara Marten

  • Mr Franklin

    Ian Bleasdale

  • Mrs Franklin

    Karen Gledhill

  • Senior Nursing Officer

    Rosalind Thomas

  • Man in Police Station

    Tom Knight

  • Woman in Newsagents

    Peggy Ann Wood

  • Kingsmarkham Choir

    The Romsey Abbey Choir

  • Production Manager

    Judy Hunt

  • 1st Assistant Director

    Jon Older

  • 2nd Assistant Director

    Vaughn Watkins

  • Location Manager

    Tony Clarkson

  • P.A./Continuity

    Nicky Cooney

  • Stage Manager

    Tiggi Trethowan

  • Production Secretary

    Ellie Constad

  • Music by

    Brian Bennett

  • Script Executive

    Corinne Cartier

  • Casting Director

    Doreen Jones

  • Dialect Coach

    Joan Washington

  • Stunt Co-ordinator

    Denise Ryan

  • Costume Designer

    Rita Angell

  • Make Up

    Marian Durnford

  • Graphic Design

    Freddie Triccas

  • Design

    Christine Ruscoe
    Wallace Heim

  • Production Buyer

    Ray Warwick

  • Technical Supervisor

    Roger Chambers

  • Chief Electrician

    Ken White

  • Camera Grip

    Alan Imeson

  • Sound Recordist

    A. Graham Fitzgerald

  • Dubbing Mixer

    Danny Curtis

  • Dubbing Editor

    Mark Thomas

  • Editor

    Christopher Wentzell

  • Camera Operator

    Mike Hatton

  • Lighting Director

    Brian Turner

  • Executive Producer

    Graham Benson

  • Producer

    Neil Zeiger

  • Directed by

    Mary McMurray

  • A Television South Production