Rupert Margolis, a rising star in the art world and Kingsmarkham resident, reports the disappearance of his wealthy socialite sister. An anonymous note leads Wexford to believe that she has been murdered by a mysterious “Mr Smith”…

  • George Baker stars as Wexford with Christopher Ravenscroft in his first major TV role as Wexford’s assistant, Detective Inspector Burden. George—who is married to the actress Sally Home— has just sold his London house and is currently looking for a new home in Hampshire. He has five daughters and one granddaughter. Christopher lives in Stockport with his wife Caroline and their 13-year-old son Jack…
  • Wolf to the Slaughter was produced and directed by John Davies who cast George Baker in the role of Wexford after hearing the actor’s voice being edited at Ealing Studios: I was playing in Bertram’s Hotel, the Miss Marple TV series. Mary McMurray was editing it when John Davies stepped into the studio and said, ‘Who is that?’ He called up my agent and offered me the job. It was extraordinary. At that moment, she happened to have my scene on screen, he happened to be passing and my director happened to have asked me to play the part in a country accent.
  • George Baker: When our wardrobe lady, Rita, brought a collection of hats for me, I just went straight for the trilby. It is my clue to the character. In it, I become Wexford.
  • Christopher Ravenscroft: Burden plays things by the book. He’s rather scientific, rather unimaginative and has a great deal of respect for Wexford.
  • Wolf to the Slaughter was shot on video in the Hampshire market town of Romsey. George Baker: Wolf to the Slaughter was not the best of the Wexfords and it was filmed on tape. Two cameras, both shooting the scene from different angles. It was a quick way to work but not a way that produced the best results….

Cast + Credits

  • DCI Wexford

    George Baker

  • DI Burden

    Christopher Ravenscroft

  • Dora Wexford

    Louie Ramsay

  • DC Mark Drayton

    Robert Reynolds

  • Rupert Margolis

    Nicholas Gecks

  • Ruby Branch

    Carmel McSherry

  • Monkey Matthews

    Russell Hunter

  • Kirkpatrick

    Christopher Ellison

  • Linda Grover

    Kim Thomson

  • Mrs Penistan

    Jean Heywood

  • Mrs Anstey

    Mitzi Rogers

  • Russell Cawthorne

    Donald Hewlett

  • Mrs Cawthorne

    Hal Dyer

  • Mr Grover

    Arthur Cox

  • Mrs Grover

    Pamela Buckle

  • Mrs Kirkpatrick

    Stephanie Fayerman

  • Jean Burden

    Ann Penfold

  • John Burden

    Noah Huntley

  • Pat Burden

    Emma Smith

  • Sheila Wexford

    Deborah Poplett

  • Sgt Martin

    Ken Kitson

  • Sgt Camb

    Michael Stainton

  • Anita Margolis

    Harriet Thorpe

  • Ray Anstey

    Peter Slade

  • Jan Winters

    Kate Eaton

  • Knobby Clark

    Jim Dunk

  • Cons. Bryant

    Rupert Bates

  • Cons. Gates

    Daniel O'Brien

  • Lady Customer

    Barbara Ashcroft

  • Mrs Benson

    Eliza Buckingham

  • Mrs Lorrimer

    Yvonne D'Alpra

  • Richard Fairfax

    Marc Sinden

  • TV Commentator

    Christopher Robbie

  • Demolition Man

    Martin Fisk

  • Edna

    Jo Warne

  • Harold

    Fred Tregear

  • Shop Assistant

    Neville Philips

  • Mr Scatcherd

    Raymond Francis

  • Music composed by

    Marc Wilkinson

  • Orchestrated & arranged by

    John Coleman

  • Casting

    Sheila McIntosh

  • Costume

    Rita Angell

  • Make up

    Marion Durnfiled

  • Stunts

    Marc Cass

  • Graphics

    John Austin

  • Production Buyer

    Ray Warwick

  • Design Assistant

    Wallace Heim

  • Vision Control

    Peter Mills
    Bernard Sullivan
    Brian Young

  • OB Planner

    Charles Lewry

  • Technical Co-ordinator

    Colin Denahy

  • Vision Mixer

    Neil Guy

  • Stage Manager

    Mike Fisher

  • Floor Manager

    James Greville

  • Unit Manager

    Bill Slark

  • Location Manager

    Mark Cooper

  • Production Manager

    Sian Prosser

  • Videotape Editor

    Christopher Wentzell

  • Senior Cameramen

    Michael Hutton
    Jon Baverstock

  • Sound Director

    Paul Birch

  • Lighting Director

    Greg Gower

  • Designer

    Christine Ruscoe

  • Executive Producer

    Graham Benson

  • Produced and Directed by

    John Davies

  • A Television South Production