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No Crying He Makes

You think I’m a plodder. Right? Good old Mike. Slow and steady, but he gets there in the end. Well, it’s because of plodders like me that someone like you can take your leaps in the dark because we provide the safety net.

Detective Inspector Burden

It’s Christmas time in Kingsmarkham, and Wexford and Burden are preparing for family celebrations when a young woman reports that her baby daughter has been taken and replaced with another child. A Spate of local burglaries is an extra headache for Wexford, who begins to wonder whether true happiness exists in any family - not least his own.


DCI Wexford
George Baker
DI Burden
Christopher Ravenscroft
Dora Wexford
Louie Ramsay
Jean Burden
Ann Penfold
Pippa Bond
Jane Horrocks
Tony Jasper
Clive Wood
Leila Jasper
Christine Kavanagh
Sylvia Fairfax
Charon Bourke
Trevor Bond
Jonathan Lacey
Susan Baines
Alison Rose
Mrs Carter
Dorothy Vernon 2
Natasha Williams
Peter Jasper
Ashley Barker
DS Martin
Ken Kitson
Meera Syal
Pat Burden
Emma Smith
John Burden
Noah Huntley
Mr Henderson
Kenneth Midwood 3
Mrs Henderson
Julia Lang 4
Mr Hunter
Richard Haddon Haines 5
Mrs Hunter
Karen Archer
Shirley Anne Selby
Katherine Freeman
Barbara Marten
Mr Franklin
Ian Bleasdale
Mrs Franklin
Karen Gledhill
Gavin Fletcher
Karl Magee
Senior Nursing Officer
Rosalind Thomas
Man in Police Station
Tom Knight
Woman in Newsagents
Peggy Ann Wood 6
Father Christmas
Fred Bryant
Kingsmarkham Choir
The Romsey Abbey Choir
Production Manager
Judy Hunt
1st Assistant Director
Jon Older
2nd Assistant Director
Vaughan Watkins
Location Manager
Tony Clarkson
Nicky Cooney
Stage Manager
Tiggi Trethowan
Production Secretary
Ellie Constad
Music by
Brian Bennett
Script Executive
Corinne Cartier 7
Casting Director
Doreen Jones 8
Dialect Coach
Joan Washington 9
Stunt Co-ordinator
Denise Ryan
Costume Designer
Rita Angell
Marion Durnford
Graphic Design
Freddie Triccas
Christine Ruscoe, Wallace Heim
Production Buyer
Ray Warwick
Technical Supervisor
Roger Chambers
Chief Electrician
Ken White
Camera Grip
Alan Imeson
Sound Recordist
A. Graham Fitzgerald
Dubbing Mixer
Danny Curtis
Dubbing Editor
Mark Thomas
Christopher Wentzell
Camera Operator
Mike Hatton
Lighting Director
Brian Turner
Executive Producer
Graham Benson
Neil Zeiger




  1. Television South, Wikipedia. ↩︎

  2. Dorothy Vernon 1939-2014, IMDb. ↩︎

  3. Kenneth Midwood 1921-2007, IMDb. ↩︎

  4. Julia Lang 1921-2010, IMDb. ↩︎

  5. Richard Haddon Haines 1948-1990, IMDb. ↩︎

  6. Peggy Ann Wood 1912-1998, Wikipedia. ↩︎

  7. Corinne Cartier 1955-2015, NFTS. ↩︎

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

  9. Joan Washington 1946-2021, BBC. ↩︎

Jane Horrocks as Pippa Bond