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Put On by Cunning

All the Los Angeles dialogue scenes were shot in Southampton apart from the reverses of George in the doorways which were matched to the studio interiors. So he’s in LA and the other actors are back in the UK!

Sandy Johnson

Sir Manuel Camargue, the celebrated flautist, is discovered drowned in the grounds of his country estate. The death is believed to be a tragic accident but Wexford’s suspicions are aroused when Sir Manuel’s young fiancée claims that his estranged daughter—Natalie, who returned from Los Angeles to see her father shortly before his death—is an impostor.


DCI Wexford
George Baker
DI Burden
Christopher Ravenscroft
Dora Wexford
Louie Ramsay
Jenny Burden
Diane Keen
Sir Manuel Camargue
Rossano Brazzi 3
Dinah Sternhold
Janet Maws
Natalie Arno
Cherie Lunghi
Stephen Solloway
Tim Meats 4
Ted Hicks
Malcolm Raeburn
Muriel Hicks
Myra McFadyen
John Fassbender
Vincenzo Nicoli
Sylvia Fairfax
Charon Bourke
David Stoll 5
Mr Haq
Nathan Dambuza
Ivan Zoffany
Malcolm Tierney 6
Mrs Murray-Burgess
Sally Home 7
Jane Zoffany
Amanda Boxer
Phillip Cory
Michael Bilton 8
Mr Browning
Peter Penry-Jones 9
Ruth Trouncer
Kenneth Ames
Philip Locke 10
Mrs Mountnessing
Beryl Reid 11
Mavis Roland
Eileen Maciejewska
Mary Woodhouse
Helena McCarthy 12
Angus MacInnes
Mrs Romero
Carmen Gomez
Davina Ilbert
Beth Porter
Sheri Foxcroft
Tom Sessamy
Bob Sessions 13
Edith Sessamy
Valerie Colgan
Mrs Rochford
Ian Talbot
Thérèse Leramy
Amy Werbach
Script Executive
Corinne Cartier 14
Original music composed by
Brian Bennett
Casting Director
Doreen Jones 15
Stunt Arranger
Sean McCabe
Production Manager
Graeme MacArthur
Location Manager
Philip Hartley
French Location Co-ordinator
Mary Bennett
1st Assistant Director
Jon Older
Sian Prosser
Stage Manager
Mike Fisher
Production Secretary
Sue Bailey
Production Assistant
Jill Mumford
Graphic Designer
John Hamon
Costume Designer
Rita Angell
Makeup Supervisor
Toni Holmes
Production Buyer
Alan Bates
Dubbing Mixer
Tony Cunningham
Dubbing Editor
Peter Dansie
Camera Grip
Alan Imeson
Sound Recordist
Maurice Hillier
Camera Operator
Julian Barber
Film Editor
Christopher Wentzell
Lighting Cameraman
Ken Brinsley BSC
Director of Photography (Los Angeles)
Peter Smokler
Mark Ward
Executive Producer
Graham Benson
Neil Zeiger




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  2. Television South, Wikipedia. ↩︎

  3. Rosanno Brazzi 1916-1994, Wikipedia. ↩︎

  4. Tim Meats 1947-2019, IMDb. ↩︎

  5. David Stoll 1922-2012, IMDb. ↩︎

  6. Malcolm Tierney 1938-2014: obituary by Michael Coveney and Vanessa Redgrave, The Guardian. ↩︎

  7. Sally Home 1930-1992, Wikipedia. ↩︎

  8. Michael Bilton 1919-1993: obituary by Anthony Haywood, Independent. ↩︎

  9. Peter Penry-Jones 1938-2019, Wikipedia. ↩︎

  10. Philip Locke 1928-2004: obituary, The Scotsman. ↩︎

  11. Beryl Reid 1920-1996: obituary by Dennis Barker, The Guardian. ↩︎

  12. Helena McCarthy 1908-1998, IMDb. ↩︎

  13. Bob Sessions 1940-1998, IMDb. ↩︎

  14. Corinne Cartier 1955-2015, NFTS. ↩︎

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

Cheri Lunghi as Natalie Arno with George Baker as Wexford