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Harm Done

The story is really about abuse, not only the abuse of children but also the abuse of a wife by her husband and the hurt caused to children and families. It also addresses the prejudice caused by misunderstanding the nature of an abuser. It’s a very cleverly interwoven plot, and I believe Ruth Rendell is making something of a political statement. She’s bringing up something that should be addressed by society as a whole, even though some people might prefer to push it under the carpet.

George Baker

Wexford is investigating the disappearance of a teenage girl when she suddenly turns up unharmed. Meanwhile, news that a convicted paedophile is being released into the community causes unrest among the residents of Kingsmarkham. Then when the three-year-old daughter of a local businessman vanishes, the crowd takes matters into its own hands.

As tension mounts, Wexford’s long-held views about family loyalties and the nature of abuse are challenged, and he finds himself—for the first time—questioning the law that he is bound to uphold. 1


DCI Wexford
George Baker
DI Burden
Christopher Ravenscroft
Dora Wexford
Louie Ramsay
Jenny Burden
Diane Keen
Colin Crowne
Russell Mabey 2
Debbie Crowne
Annette Bentley
Stephen Devenish
Simon Shepherd
Fay Devenish
Clare Holman
Sanchia Devenish
Scarlett Jenkins
Edward Devenish
Nick Robinson
Robert Devenish
Elliot Henderson-Boyle
DS Vine
Matthew Mills
Lizzie Crowne
Stacey Hart
Charon Bourke
Brenda Boswell
Eve Bland
Carl Meeks
Raymond Trickett
Trevor Ferry
Ian Bartholomew
Gillian Ferry
Susie Baxter
Suzanne Smith
Carol Harvey
DS Malahyde
Sasha Mitchell
Thomas Smith
Bryan Pringle 3
Moira Wingrave
Sarah Badel
Ruth Mitchell
Keith Newby
Jane Andrews
Sian Webber
Tracey Miller
Rebecca Manley
Bee Jaye
Casting Director
Doreen Jones 4
Casting Assistant
Helen Benger
Associate Producer
Graeme MacArthur
Script Supervisor
Marissa Cowell
1st AD
Paul Judges
Location Manager
Peter Chadwick
Art Directors
Paul Cowell, Victoria Nelson
Set Designer
Paul Crips
Production Buyer
Graham Curtis
Camera Operator
John Hembrough
Focus Puller
Ian Clark
Key Grip
Doug Newton
Gaffer Electrician
John Donoghue
Sound Recordist
Rudi Buckle
Boom Operator
John Cassali
Dubbing Editors
Mark Lawes, Jamie Capel
Dubbing Mixer
Billy Mahoney
Costume Designer
Jan Collins
Makeup Designers
Toni Holmes, Debbie McKinlay
Stunt Co-ordinator
Nick Powell
Production Designer
Christine Ruscoe
Director of Photography
Alan Trow
Film Editor
Christopher Wentzell
Executive Producer
Graham Benson
Neil Zeiger



  1. Wexford Returns, Meridian Broadcasting Ltd, 1 October 2000. ↩︎

  2. Russell Mabey 1970-2007, IMDb. ↩︎

  3. Bryan Pringle 1935-2002: obituary by Eric Shorter, The Guardian. ↩︎

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

  5. Press release, Meridian Broadcasting Ltd, 3 March 2000. ↩︎

  6. Wexford to hang up his trilby?, Frontline, 1 October 2000. ↩︎

  7. Families flee paedophile protests, BBC, 9 August 2000. ↩︎

Simon Shepherd as Stephen Devenish with Claire Holman as Fay Devenish