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Shake Hands for Ever

Wexford is a bit susceptible to the female allure. In Shake Hands for Ever, there is a character called Nancy Lake, who rather fancies him, and he seems to reciprocate. I had letters from people wanting to know if they went to bed together. I had to reply that I didn’t know, as Ruth Rendell leaves the question unanswered. But, personally, I don’t think he’d ever be unfaithful to Dora.

George Baker

Wexford knows who killed Angela Hathall, but a lack of tangible evidence leaves the Chief Inspector open to accusations of harassment as he pursues the suspect. Undeterred, he embarks on an unofficial investigation, desperate to find the proof he needs before the murderer escapes justice.


DCI Wexford
George Baker
DI Burden
Christopher Ravenscroft
Dora Wexford
Louie Ramsay
Robert Hathall
Tom Wilkinson 4
Chief Supt Howard Fortune
Patrick Drury
Nancy Lake
June Ritchie
Chief Constable Griswold
Michael Byrne
Chief Insp. Jack ‘Brock’ Lovat
Fred Pearson
Mr Aveney
Geoffrey Beevers
John Oldsbury
Julian Firth
Flat Landlord
Anthony Douse 5
Denise Fortune
Sheila Ruskin
DS Martin
Ken Kitson
Airport Inspector
Robert Swann 6
Mrs Hathall
Margery Mason 7
Eileen Hathall
Maggie Ollerenshaw
Rosemary Hathall
Joanne Robertson
Tommy Matthews
Barry James
Linda Kipling
Sandra Butterworth
Marie Marcovitch
Magdalena Buznea
William Butler
Hugh Cross 8
Mark Somerset
Bernard Holley 9
Valerie Snyder
Marie Stillin
Peter Baldwin 10
Bunny Maynard 11
Angela Hathall
Susan Derrick
Peter Penry-Jones 12
Mrs Letherbridge
Doreen Andrew 13
Gertan Klauber 14
Production Manager
Ian Scaife
1st Assistant Director
James Greville
2nd Assistant Director
Stephanie Sullivan
Location Manager
Bill Slark
Stage Manager
Mike Fisher
Anne Craft
Production Secretary
Jill Partington
Music composed by
Brian Bennett
Script Executive
Corinne Cartier 15
Costume Designer
Serena Brown
Anne Townley
Graphic Designer
Freddie Triccas
Christine Ruscoe
Production Buyer
Ray Warwick
Sound Recordist
Mike Sale
Dubbing Mixer
Tony Cunningham
Dubbing Editor
Mark Thomas
Chargehand Electrician
Mike Hopley
Camera Grip
Alan Imeson
Focus Puller
Mike Spragg
Camera Operator
Julian Barber
Lighting Cameraman
Mike Smith
Videotape Editor
Christopher Wentzell
Executive Producer
Graham Benson
Neil Zeiger




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George Baker as Wexford with June Ritchie as Nancy Lake