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An Unwanted Woman

You know Mike. I didn’t take it seriously because it was old Arthur who’d been pushed off his bicycle. Now, if a young chap like you had told me that he’d been pushed off his bicycle, I would’ve believed him. But because it was old Arthur, I didn’t, and I should’ve.

Chief Inspector Wexford

Myland Castle has stood for more than 900 years. Now someone—or something—is maliciously pushing cyclists as they ride along the path close to the castle walls. When one of the victims dies, Wexford employs Sgt Martin as bait to catch the killer.

In nearby Castle Road, ninety-two-year-old Ivy Wrangton dies of apparently natural causes. However, district nurse Judith Radcliffe has her doubts. She tells Wexford that she has an instinct for death and that—despite her age—there was no sign of death in Ivy Wrangton.

This case at first seems as innocuous as the suicide of Ann Waterton, an older woman befriended by lonely teenager Sophie Grant. What can be the dark side of this sweet story? When both cases turn out to be murder, Wexford and Burden discover the real stakes of human feeling involved.


DCI Wexford
George Baker
DI Burden
Christopher Ravenscroft
Dora Wexford
Louie Ramsay
Jenny Burden
Diane Keen
Claire Woodgate
Ann Waterton
Eileen Page
Hilary Stacey
Susan Wooldridge
Ivy Wrangton
Madeleine Christie 4
Elsie Parish
Marjorie Summerville 5
Car Salesman
Terry John
Desmond Stacey
John Conroy
Tilly Tremayne
Doreen Betts
Maggie Holland
Harry Betts
Peter Copley6
Barrie Shore
Peter Renton
Ian Gelder
Roy Smith
Roger Griffiths
DS Martin
Ken Kitson
Dr Crocker
John Burgess 7
Dr Moss
Vincent Regan
Basil Moss 8
Original music composed by
Brian Bennett
Casting Director
Doreen Jones 9
Stunt Arranger
Terry Forrestal
Production Manager
Graeme MacArthur
1st Assistant Director
Phil Hartley
Production Secretary
Susan Irish
Producer’s Secretary
Catherine Bolwell
Graphic Designer
Tim Bernard
Costume Designer
Jan Collins
Makeup Supervisor
Deborah McKinlay
Production Buyer
Graham Curtis
Christine Ruscoe
Camera Grip
Alan Imeson
Sound Recordist
Maurice Hillier
Camera Operator
Julian Barber
Dubbing Editor
Peter Dansie
Dubbing Mixer
Dave Fallon
Film Editor
Nigel Bate
Lighting Cameraman
Graham Geddes
Executive Producer
Graham Benson
Neil Zeiger




  1. Rosemary Anne Sisson 1923-2017: obituary by Anthony Hayward, The Guardian. ↩︎

  2. Jenny Wilkes 1941-2017: obituary by Susan Joekes, The Guardian. ↩︎

  3. Television South, Wikipedia. ↩︎

  4. Madeleine Christie 1904-1996, Wikipedia. ↩︎

  5. Marjorie Summerville 1912-2006, IMDb. ↩︎

  6. Peter Copley 1915-2008, Wikipedia. ↩︎

  7. John Burgess 1933-2010: obituary by Mike Leigh, The Guardian. ↩︎

  8. Basil Moss 1935-2020: obituary by Anthony Hayward, The Guardian. ↩︎

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

Susan Wooldridge as Hilary Stacey with George Baker as Wexford