Thirty years ago, Herbert Painter was hanged for the brutal murder of his ninety-year-old employer. The chief investigating officer was Reg Wexford, then a young detective sergeant in charge of his first murder case. Now, thirty years later, the Reverend Henry Archery—a friend of the Chief Constable—arrives in Kingsmarkham determined to prove that Painter was innocent…

  • The Reverend Archery’s son is played by Robin Lermitte who went on to play the pathologist, Mr Mavrikiev, in Simisola and Road Rage.
  • George Baker shed more than years when asked to play a young Wexford in the first part. George lost nearly 20lbs before filming began in February. After writing my cookbook and testing the recipes, I put on nearly a stone. When I knew I was going to play Wexford as he was 30 years ago I decided it was time to diet.

Cast + Credits

  • DCI Wexford

    George Baker

  • DI Burden

    Christopher Ravenscroft

  • Dora Wexford

    Louie Ramsay

  • Jenny Burden

    Diane Keen

  • Rev Henry Archery

    Peter Egan

  • Imogen Ide

    Sharon Maughan

  • Roger Primero

    Denis Lill

  • Elizabeth Crilling

    Suzanna Hamilton

  • Mrs Crilling

    Dorothy Tutin

  • Alice Flower

    Maggie Jones

  • Tessa Kershaw

    Jenny Quayle

  • Charles Archery

    Robin Lermitte

  • Young Elizabeth Crilling

    Kristy Bruce

  • Mrs Crilling (1959)

    Amanda Waring

  • Irene Painter (1959)

    Sarah Webb

  • Herbert Painter

    Trevor Sellers

  • Prosecuting Counsel

    Sean Scanlon

  • Justice Brompton

    Graham Rowe

  • Sgt Willoughby

    Colin Campbell

  • DS Martin

    Ken Kitson

  • Irene Kershaw

    Anna Cropper

  • Mr Kershaw

    Michael Turner

  • Angela Primero

    Cissy Collins

  • Magistrate

    Ruth Trouncer

  • Sister

    Kate Lansbury

  • Colonel Plashet

    John Horsley

  • Waitress

    Eileen Davies

  • Priest

    John Evitts

  • Pub Landlord

    Robert Oats

  • Court Clerk

    Richard Cubison

  • Estate Agent

    Reuben Purchase

  • Script Executive

    Corinne Cartier

  • Original music composed by

    Brian Bennett

  • Casting Director

    Doreen Jones

  • Stunt Co-ordinator

    Tip Tipping

  • Production Manager

    Graeme MacArthur

  • Location Manager

    Ian Strachan

  • 1st Assistant Director

    Francesco Reidy

  • Continuity

    Sian Prosser

  • Production Secretaries

    Sue Bailey
    Cathie Willcocks

  • Stage Manager

    Mike Fisher

  • Production Buyer

    Graham Curtis

  • Graphic Designer

    John Hamon

  • Costume Designer

    Jan Collins

  • Make Up Supervisor

    Toni Holmes

  • Camera Grip

    Alan Imeson

  • Designer

    Christine Ruscoe

  • Dubbing Mixer

    Tony Cunningham

  • Dubbing Editor

    Peter Dansie

  • Sound Recordist

    Maurice Hillier

  • Lighting Cameraman

    Michael D Smith

  • Film Editor

    Christopher Wentzell

  • Executive Producer

    Graham Benson

  • Producer

    Neil Zeiger

  • Directed by

    Herbert Wise

  • A Television South Production