Mike Burden has been seconded to the Met and is investigating the murder of a young woman found strangled in a London cemetery vault, when Reg Wexford - who is recuperating from a thrombosis - comes to stay. Burden's case is not going well and Wexford decides to go against doctor's orders and embark upon his own unofficial investigation…

  • Inspector Burden does not feature in Ruth Rendell's original story and it is Wexford’s high-flying nephew—Superintendent Howard Fortune—who takes the part of the chief investigating officer in the novel.

Cast + Credits

  • DCI Wexford

    George Baker

  • DI Burden

    Christopher Ravenscroft

  • Dora Wexford

    Louie Ramsay

  • Jenny Burden

    Diane Keen

  • Dr Len Crocker

    John Burgess

  • DI Baker

    John Forgeham

  • Brian Gregson

    Philip Glenister

  • Sgt Clemens

    George Sweeney

  • Ivan Teal

    Ian McNeice

  • Postman

    Derek Hicks

  • Elderly Man

    Hugh Dickson

  • Barman

    Nigel Gregory

  • Hannah Peters

    Valerie Whittington

  • Mrs Lyle

    Constance Chapman

  • Stephen Dearborn

    Michael Elwyn

  • Melanie Dearborn

    Polly Adams

  • Peggy Pope

    Lizzie McInnerny

  • Johnny Lamont

    Tom Radcliffe

  • Verity

    Charlotte Attenborough

  • Receptionist

    Colin Meredith

  • Script Executive

    Corinne Cartier

  • Original music composed by

    Brian Bennett

  • Casting Director

    Doreen Jones

  • Production Manager

    Mark Cooper

  • Location Managers

    Ian Strachan
    Dennis Firminger

  • 1st Assistant Director

    Francesco Reidy

  • Continuity

    Liz West

  • Production Secretary

    Cathie Willcocks

  • Stage Manager

    Mike Fisher

  • Production Buyer

    Geoff Burford

  • Graphic Design

    The Original Graphics Compnay

  • Costume Designer

    Wendy McCullagh

  • Make Up Supervisor

    Toni Holmes

  • Camera Grip

    Alan Imeson

  • Designer

    Christine Ruscoe

  • Dubbing Mixer

    Tony Cunningham

  • Dubbing Editor

    Peter Dansie

  • Sound Recordist

    Maurice Hillier

  • Film Editor

    Christopher Wentzell

  • Lighting Cameraman

    Ken Brinsley

  • Executive Producer

    Graham Benson

  • Producer

    Neil Zeiger

  • Directed by

    John Gorrie

  • A Television South Production