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Achilles Heel

It was shown on Christmas Eve, and we burst the electrical grid. We’ve got 18 million viewers, and when they got up to make their tea, they all switched on, and boom! … the grid went up.

George Baker 2

Wexford and Burden are holidaying with their wives in Corsica when they encounter Philip and Iris Blackstock, a charismatic young couple from Hampshire. Wexford cuts his holiday short when Philip receives a ransom note from someone claiming to be his wife’s kidnapper.


DCI Wexford
George Baker
DI Burden
Christopher Ravenscroft
Dora Wexford
Louie Ramsay
Jenny Burden
Diane Keen
Philip Blackstock
Stephen Dillane
Iris Blackstock
Kim Barclay
André Oumansky
Julia Lane
PC Stevens
Robert Hands
Linda Blackstock
Charlotte Howard
Jon Walsh
Norman Eshley
Sadie Shimmin
Lucy Rieux
Saira Todd
Jane Conway
Katie O’Connell
Preston Lockwood 3
Mrs Penn
Anna Wayne
Forensic Scientist
Philip McGough
Richard Strange
Angie Hill
Hospital Porter
Mark Chapman
Script Executive
Corinne Cartier 4
Casting Director
Doreen Jones 5
Original music composed by
Brian Bennett
Corsican featured music
I Muvrini
Stunt Arranger (UK)
Mark Boyle
Stunt Arranger (Corsica)
Gareth Milne
Stunt Performers
Jim Dowdall, Andrew Bradford
Corsican facilities
Corsican Film Services
Production Manager
Graeme MacArthur
Location Manager (UK)
Barry Beckett
Location Manager (Corsica)
Noel Costa
1st Assistant Director
Francesco Reidy
Alison Black
Production Secretary
Susan Irish
Stage Manager
Mike Fisher
Graphic Design
The Original Graphics Company
Costume Designer
Rita Angell
Production Secretary
Theresa Smith
Producer’s Secretary
Cathie Willcocks
Toni Holmes
Production Buyer
Graham Curtis
Christine Ruscoe
Camera Grip
Alan Imeson
Sound Recordist
Maurice Hillier
Camera Operator
Julian Barber
Dubbing Editor
Peter Dansie
Dubbing Mixer
Tony Cunningham
Film Editor
Christopher Wentzell
Lighting Cameraman
Ken Brinsley BSC
Executive Producer
Graham Benson
Neil Zeiger




  1. Television South, Wikipedia. ↩︎

  2. Wexford and Me, ITV3 2008. ↩︎

  3. Preston Lockwood 1912-1996: obituary by Adam Benedick, independent. ↩︎

  4. Corinne Cartier 1955-2015, NFTS. ↩︎

  5. Doreen Jones 1940-2017: obituary by Derek Granger, The Guardian. ↩︎

  6. George Baker, The Way to Wexford (Headline, 2002), p.316. ↩︎

George Baker as Wexford with Christopher Ravenscroft as Burden