Chief Superintendent Howard Fortune sends his Uncle Reg on an official police visit to China. On his return to England, the Chief Inspector is called to the scene of a murder—a local woman—whom he met in China has been found shot in her own home. The killing forces Wexford to relive his experiences in China and eventually the memory of one particular event helps solve the case…

  • The Speaker of Mandarin was filmed on location in Hong Kong. Firm friendships were forged between the British and Chinese crew who worked together on the production and a farewell dinner was held on a boat which sailed to a nearby island.
  • Neil Zeiger: The main difficulty in filming was the sheer number of people. We ended up hiding the camera to avoid attracting anymore. The weather hampered filming too; the crew clambered to the top of the Hong Kong Sheraton Hotel for fabulous views over Victoria Harbour. But within seconds the fog came down and we just couldn’t see a thing.

Cast + Credits

  • DCI Wexford

    George Baker

  • DI Burden

    Christopher Ravenscroft

  • Dora Wexford

    Louie Ramsay

  • Milborough Lang

    Virginia McKenna

  • Chief Supt Howard Fortune

    Howard Drury

  • Adam Knighton

    Norman Rodway

  • Adela Knighton

    Denyse Alexander

  • Irene Bell

    Annette Crosbie

  • Sung Lao Zhong

    Kay Tong Lim

  • Lewis Fanning

    Michael Carter

  • Hilda Avery

    Marjorie Yates

  • Janine

    Maggie Stead

  • Lois Knox

    Frances Cuka

  • Gordon Vinald

    Dominic Jephcott

  • Pandora

    Helena Mitchell

  • Margery Bauman

    Fiona Walker

  • Angus Norris

    Matthew Marsh

  • Jennifer Norris

    Olivia Williams

  • CID Officer

    Stephen Jameson

  • Burnett

    David Conville

  • Shop Assistant

    Christine Collins

  • Jack Heyward

    Ian East

  • Mrs Fanning

    Arbel Jones

  • DS Martin

    Ken Kitson

  • Dr Len Crocker

    John Burgess

  • Kevin Smith

    Alex Leppard

  • Silver Perry

    Barry Lowe

  • Bingley

    Dave Atkins

  • Sgt Willoughby

    Colin Campbell

  • Miss Elf

    Annabelle Lanyon

  • Bank Manager

    Ian Barritt

  • Mrs Thompson

    Mary Jo Randle

  • Dobson Flint

    Frederick Treves

  • Original music composed by

    Brian Bennett

  • Production Associate

    George Baker

  • Casting Director

    Marilyn Johnson

  • Production Manager

    Graeme MacArthur

  • Location Manager

    Ian Strachan

  • 1st Assistant Director

    Phil Hartley

  • 2nd Assistant Director

    Stephanie Sullivan

  • 3rd Assistant Director

    Sarah Baker

  • Production Co-ordinator

    Catherine Bolwell

  • Producer's Secretary

    Lesley Courley

  • Costume Design

    Rita Angell

  • Wardrobe Mistress

    Sheryl Brittain

  • Wardrobe Assistant

    Erika Pharoah

  • Make Up

    Toni Holmes
    Deborah McKinlay

  • Production Buyer

    Graham Curtis

  • Art Director

    Peter Bull

  • Design Assistant

    Heather Gibson

  • Graphics

    John Hamon

  • Camera Operator

    Julian Barber

  • Focus Puller

    Bruce Barraclough

  • Camera Grip

    Alan Imeson

  • Sound Recordist

    Maurice Hillier

  • Boom Swinger

    Liam Ryan

  • Gaffer Electrician

    John Donoghue

  • Best Boy

    Steve philps

  • Electricians

    Mick Lay
    Roy Robberts

  • Prop Master

    Paul Kearney

  • Construction

    Colin Bradbury
    Mike Swanston

  • Standby Prop men

    Kenny Palmer
    Lee Rogers

  • Standby Craftsman

    Max Grant

  • Assistant Film Editors

    Jim Lownie
    Steve Crabb

  • Dubbing Editor

    Peter Dansie

  • Assistant Dubbing Editor

    Mark Newson

  • Dubbing Mixer

    Dave Fallon

  • Production Accountant

    Peter Harvey

  • Assistant Accountant

    Gay Huse

  • Music recorded by

    Dick Plant at Honeywell Studios

  • Film shot on

    16mm Eastmancolor

  • Processed by

    Rank Film Labs

  • Lighting equipment supplied by

    Michael Samuelson Lighting Limited

  • Grip Equipment supplied by

    Snowdonia Films

  • Film Editor

    Christopher Wentzell

  • Production Designer

    Mark Ward

  • Director of Photography

    Ken Brinsley BSC

  • Executive Producer

    Graham Benson

  • Producer

    Neil Zeiger

  • Directed by

    Herbert Wise

  • A Blue Heaven Production for TVS