Wexford knows who killed Angela Hathall but a lack of tangible evidence leaves the Chief Inspector open to accusations of harassment when he pursues the suspect. Undeterred, he embarks on his own, unofficial investigation, desperate to find the proof he needs before the murderer escapes justice.

  • George Baker: “Wexford is a bit susceptible to female allure. In Shake hands for Ever there’s a character called Nancy Lake who rather fancied him—and he seemed to reciprocate. I had letters from people wanting to know if they went to bed together. I had to reply that I just didn’t know because Ruth Rendell leaves the question unanswered. But, personally, I don’t think he’d ever be unfaithful to Dora…”
  • The success of the Wexford series led to George Baker being invited onto the Southampton General Hospital MRI scanner fund-raising committee. The committee went on to raise £2.5 million in eighteen months.

Cast + Credits

  • DCI Wexford

    George Baker

  • DI Burden

    Christopher Ravenscroft

  • Dora Wexford

    Louie Ramsay

  • Robert Hathall

    Tom Wilkinson

  • Chief Supt Howard Fortune

    Patrick Drury

  • Nancy Lake

    June Ritchie

  • Chief Constable Griswold

    Michael Byrne

  • Fred Pearson

    Chief Insp. Jack 'Brock' Lovat

  • Mr Aveney

    Geoffrey Beevers

  • John Oldsbury

    Julian Firth

  • Flat Landlord

    Anthony Douse

  • Denise Fortune

    Sheila Ruskin

  • DS Martin

    Ken Kitson

  • Airport Inspector

    Robert Swann

  • Mrs Hathall

    Margery Mason

  • Mark Somerset

    Bernard Holley

  • Valerie Snyder

    Marie Stillin

  • Coroner

    Peter Baldwin

  • Barman

    Bunny May

  • Angela Hathall

    Sur Derrick

  • Solicitor

    Peter Penry-Jones

  • Mrs Letherbridge

    Doreen Andrew

  • Bernard

    Gertan Klauber

  • Production Manager

    Ian Scaife

  • 1st Assistant Director

    James Greville

  • 2nd Assistant Director

    Stephanie Sullivan

  • Location Manager

    Bill Slark

  • Stage Manager

    Mike Fisher

  • P.A./Continuity

    Anne Craft

  • Production Secretary

    Jill Partington

  • Music composed by

    Brian Bennett

  • Script Executive

    Corinne Cartier

  • Costume Designer

    Serena Brown

  • Make Up

    Anne Townley

  • Graphic Designer

    Freddie Triccas

  • Designer

    Christine Ruscoe

  • Production Buyer

    Ray Warwick

  • Sound Recordist

    Mike Sale

  • Dubbing Mixer

    Tony Cunningham

  • Dubbing Editor

    Mark Thomas

  • Chargehand Electrician

    Mike Hopley

  • Camera Grip

    Alan Imeson

  • Focus Puller

    Mike Spragg

  • Camera Operator

    Julian Barber

  • Lighting Cameraman

    Mike Smith

  • Videotape Editor

    Christopher Wentzell

  • Executive Producer

    Graham Benson

  • Producer

    Neil Zeiger

  • Directed by

    Don Leaver

  • A Television South Production