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Ruth Rendell shows what happens in nice quarters. I think she’s produced a good balance, powerful and moving, without getting on a soap box. The effect is just right, and it will inform people as it goes on in a much more subtle way than shouting about issues in a heated debate.

George Harris

Melanie Akande, the daughter of Kingsmarkham’s new Nigerian doctor, is missing, and the last person to see her is found murdered in a tale that explores prejudice and racism in an English country town.


DCI Wexford
George Baker
DI Burden
Christopher Ravenscroft
Dora Wexford
Louie Ramsay
Jenny Burden
Dine Keen
Anouk Khoori
Jane Lapotaire
Dr Raymond Akande
George Harris
Laurette Akande
Ellen Thomas
Sylvia Fairfax
Charon Bourke
Neil Fairfax
Philip Bird
Robin Fairfax
Adrian Martin
Ben Fairfax
Tom Donaldson
DS Karen Malahyde
Sasha Mitchell
DS Barry Vine
Robin Kermode
Swithun Riding
Michael Cochrane
Idris Elba
Oni Johnson
Marcia Tucker
Daniel Ilsley
David Doyle
Patrick Akande
Razaaq Adoti
Mrs Stowlap
Barrie Shore
Trevor Byfield 3
Ingrid Pamber
Alison Fielding
Percy Hammond
Charles Simon 4
Mrs Harris
Pauline Munro
Jane Wyatt
Susan Riding
Naomi Buch 5
Sophie Riding
Emily Hamilton
Bruce Snow
Shaughan Seymour
Carolyn Snow
Meg Davies
Market Trader
Paul Trussell
Kelly Reilly
Zack Nelson
Guy Oliver-Watts
Peter Stanton
John Middleton
Cookie Dix
Julie Peasgood
Alexander Dix
Robert Fyfe 6
Christopher Riding
Robert Portal
Mr Mavrikiev
Robin McCallum
Loretta Parnell
Minister Fletcher
Tim Stern
Melanie Akande
Gracy Goldman
Rosenda Lopez
Jane Bautista
Original music composed by
Brian Bennett
Casting Director
Doreen Jones 7
Production Manager
Peter Hider
1st Assistant Director
Luc Etienne
2nd Assistant Director
Fay Selby
3rd Assistant Director
Leon Coole
Location Manager
Georgina True-May
Marissa Cowell
Production Co-ordinator
Dawn Mortimer
Production Secretary
Kim McKinty
Producer’s Assistant
Leslie Gourley
Costume Design
Rita Angell
Wardrobe Mistress
Sheryl Brittain
Wardrobe Assistant
Erika Pharoah
Makeup Supervisor
Toni Holmes
Chief Hairdresser
Maureen Freemantle
Production Accountant
Peter Harvey
Assistant Accountant
Gay Huse
Production Buyer
Graham Curtis
Prop Master
Paul Kearney
Standby Props
Kenny Palmer
Dressing Props
Mike Doherty, Mike Swanston
Standby Carpenter
Clive Weaver
Standby Painter
Tony Hand
Gaffer Electrician
John Donoghue
Alan Daniels, Roy Robberts
Floor Runner
Johnny Ludlow
Office Runner
Belinda Ray
Production Transport
S & S Transport
Unit Publicist
Shelagh Pym
Publicity stills
Tony Nutley
Art Director
Paul Cowell
Assistant Art Director
Victoria Nelson
Sound Recordist
John Paine
Boom Operator
Rosie Straker
Camera Operator
Lewis Foster
Focus Puller
Tom Harding
Clapper Loading
Jon Stephen
David Logan
Graphic Designer
John Hamon
Dubbing Editor
Paul Guiver
Dubbing Mixer
Dave Fallon
Executive Producer for Meridian
Colin Rogers
Production Designer
Christine Ruscoe
1st Assistant Editor
Jim Lownie
2nd Assistant Editor
Steve Crabb
Film Editor
Christopher Wentzell
Director of Photography
Walter McGill
Executive Producer
Graham Benson
Neil Zeiger




  1. Alan Plater 1935-2010: obituary by Michael Coveney, The Guardian. ↩︎

  2. Jim Goddard 1936-2013: obituary by Reg Gadney, The Guardian. ↩︎

  3. Trevor Byfield 1943-2007: obituary by Anthony Hayward, The Guardian. ↩︎

  4. Charles Simon 1909-2002: obituary by Nigel Fountain, The Guardian. ↩︎

  5. Naomi Buch 1944-1996, IMDb. ↩︎

  6. Robert Fyfe 1930-2021: obituary by Anthony Haywood, The Guardian. ↩︎

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

George Harris as Doctor Akande