- Originally transmitted in four parts in 1987
- Episode one / pilot
- Adapted from the Ruth Rendell novel by Clive Exton
- Directed by John Davies
- Not currently available on DVD
- Filming Locations
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
DC Mark Drayton
Music composed by
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A Television South Production