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

  • DCI Wexford

    George Baker

  • DI Burden

    Christopher Ravenscroft

  • Dora Wexford

    Louie Ramsay

  • Jenny Burden

    Diane Keen

  • Douglas Quadrant

    Geoffrey Bateman

  • Helen Missal

    Amanda Redman

  • Fabia Quadrant

    Elizabeth Bennett

  • Mr Parsons

    Malcolm Storry

  • Miss Fowler

    Petra Davies

  • WPC

    Sasha Mitchell

  • Clare Clark

    Sally Grace

  • Di Stevens

    Amanda Mainard

  • Peter Missal

    John Salthouse

  • Dudley Drury

    Chris Fulford

  • Moira

    Sandy McDade

  • Margaret Parsons

    Julia Chambers

  • Drury Senior

    Norman Tyrrell

  • DS Martin

    Ken Kitson

  • Janet Tipping

    Bridget Brammall

  • Young Margaret

    Samantha Edmonds

  • Young Fabia

    Rachel Rogaly

  • Young Helen

    Eleanor Caird

  • Young Clare

    Sophie Thursfield

  • DCC Freeborn

    Dave Hill

  • Debbie Davidson

    Amanda Walker

  • Mr Burrow

    David Timson

  • Bysouth

    William Ilkley

  • Mrs Stibbs

    Jean Marlow

  • Newsagent

    Stanley Page

  • Script Executive

    Corinne Cartier

  • Casting Director

    Doreen Jones

  • Original music composed by

    Brian Bennett

  • Production Manager

    Lars MacFarlane

  • Location Manager

    Martin Robinson

  • 1st Assistant Director

    David Crabtree

  • Continuity

    Gwen Hughes

  • Production Secretary

    Sue Bailey

  • Producer's Secretary

    Cathie Willcocks

  • Stage Manager

    Kerry BIgnell

  • Graphic Designer

    Rita Angell

  • Make up Supervisior

    Debbie McKinley

  • Production Buyer

    Alan Bates

  • Camera Grip

    Alan IMeson

  • Dubbing Mixer

    Tony Cunningham

  • Dubbing Editor

    Peter Dansie

  • Sound Recordist

    Maurice Hillier

  • Camera Operator

    Julian Barber

  • Designer

    Mark Ward

  • Lighting Cameraman

    Michael D Smith

  • Film Editor

    Nigel Bate

  • Executive Producer

    Graham Benson

  • Producer

    Neil Zeiger

  • Directed by

    Mary McMurray

  • A Television South Production