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A New Lease of Death

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.

George Baker

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


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 Lilley
Elizabeth Crilling
Suzanna Hamilton
Mrs Crilling
Dorothy Tutin 3
Alice Flower
Maggie Jones 4
Tessa Kershaw
Jenny Quayle
Charles Archery
Robin McCallum
Young Elizabeth Crilling
Kristy Bruce
Mrs Crilling (1959)
Amanda Waring
Irene Painter (1959)
Sarah Webb
Herbert Painter
Trevor Sellers
Prosecuting Counsel
Sean Scanlon 5
Justice Brompton
Graham Rowe 6
Sgt Willoughby
Colin Campbell 7
DS Martin
Ken Kitson
Irene Kershaw
Anna Cropper 8
Mr Kershaw
Michael Turner 9
Angela Primero
Cissy Collins
Isabel Primero
Tina Marian
Ruth Trouncer
Kate Lansbury 10
Colonel Plashet
John Horsley 11
Eileen Davies
John Evitts
Pub Landlord
Robert Oates
Court Clerk
Richard Cubison
Estate Agent
Reuben Purchase
Script Executive
Corinne Cartier 12
Original music composed by
Brian Bennett
Casting Director
Doreen Jones 13
Stunt Co-ordinator
Tip Tipping 14
Production Manager
Graeme MacArthur
Location Manager
Ian Strachan
1st Assistant Director
Francesco Reidy
Sian Prosser
Production Secretaries
Sue Bailey, Cathie Willcocks
Stage Manager
Mike Fisher
Production Buyer
Graham Curtis
Graphic Designer
John Hamon
Costume Designer
Jan Collins
Makeup Supervisor
Toni Holmes
Camera Grip
Alan Imeson
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
Neil Zeiger




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Sharon Maughan as Imogen Ide with George Baker as Wexford.