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The Best Man to Die

We’ve had a lot of fun with Wexford’s clothes. I persuaded the wardrobe department to let me use one of my old suits because all Wexford’s suits are supposed to be rumpled, and he always keeps a book in his pocket. So, I threw one of my suits on the floor and walked over it for the next month. Now it looks just right.

George Baker

A man is murdered on the eve of his best friend’s wedding, and a young woman is found dead at the scene of a fatal road accident in which a wealthy businessman is also killed. Wexford and Burden discover a possible connection between the deaths in this tale of adultery, blackmail and greed.


DCI Wexford
George Baker
DI Burden
Christopher Ravenscroft
Dora Wexford
Louie Ramsay
Jenny Ireland
Diane Keen
Maurice Cullam
Tony Haygarth 4
Dr Crane
John Vine
Dr Crocker
John Burgess 5
Nurse Rose
Clara Salaman
Mrs Fanshawe
Barbara Leigh-Hunt
Nora Fanshawe
Julia Ormond
DS Martin
Ken Kitson
Sheila Wexford
Deborah Poplett
David Michaels
Nurse Lewis
Nina March
Lillian Hatton
Shirin Taylor
Jack Pertwee
Jonathan Barlow
Marilyn Thompson
Tracie Bennett
Mr Pertwee
John Carter
George Carter
John Bleasdale
Jolyon Virgo
Stephen Boxer
Paul Kynman
Charlie Hatton
Richard Graham
John Burden
Noah Huntley
Pat Burden
Emma Smith
Script Executive
Corinne Cartier 6
Music composed by
Brian Bennett
Casting Director
Doreen Jones 7
Production Manager
Graeme MacArthur
Location Manager
Ian Strachan
1st Assistant Director
James Greville
Alison Black
Stage Manager
Mike Fisher
Production Secretary
Debra Tomlinson
Production Buyer
Graham Curtis
Costume Designer
Rita Angell
Makeup Supervisor
Toni Holmes
Dubbing Mixer
Tony Cunningham
Dubbing Editor
Peter Dansie
Sound Recordist
Maurice Hillier
Camera Operator
Julian Barber
Lighting Cameraman
Michael D Smith
Mark Ward
Film Editor
Christopher Wentzell
Executive Producer
Graham Benson
Neil Zeiger




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  2. Herbert Wise 1931-2016: obituary by Philip Purser, The Guardian. ↩︎

  3. Television South, Wikipedia. ↩︎

  4. Tony Haygarth 1945-2017: obituary by Michael Coveney, The Guardian. ↩︎

  5. John Burgess 1933-2010: obituary by Mike Leigh, The Guardian. ↩︎

  6. Corinne Cartier 1955-2015, NFTS. ↩︎

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

Christopher Ravenscroft as Burden with Diane Keen as Jenny