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The Mouse in the Corner

I was asked by Southampton police to go to a dinner night. The inspector sitting next to me told me this story about a case where he was very concerned for one of the protagonists, who was a young woman. Now you give somebody like Ruth a story, and she kept about an infinitesimal part of it. All the rest was Ruth Rendell.

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A local farmer is found beaten to death in his kitchen. Wexford believes that the prime suspects include the man’s family: three generations of women who all appear to have alibis at the time of death.


DCI Wexford
George Baker
DI Burden
Christopher Ravenscroft
Dora Wexford
Louie Ramsay
Jenny Burden
Diane Keen
Eva Peterlee
Elizabeth Spriggs 3
DS Martin
Ken Kitson
Dr Crocker
John Burgess 4
Heather Peterlee
Victoria Fairbrother
Pat Burden
Emma Smith
Arlene Heddon
Katrina Levon
PC Malahyde
Sasha Mitchell
Sgt Willoughby
Colin Campbell 5
Gary Wyatt
Che Walker
Mr Hughes
Raymond Mason
Mercedes owner
Nicholas Hutchinson
Mr Tool
Michael Stroud
Joe Peterlee
George Innes
Monica Peterlee
Lyn Farleigh
Carol Fox
Belinda Sinclair
Max Fox
Michael Irving
Forensic Officer
Philip McGough
Tom Peterlee
Pip Donaghy
Original music composed by
Brian Bennett
Production Associate
George Baker
Casting Director
Doreen Jones 6
Stunt Arranger
Peter Brayman
Production Manager
Peter Hider
Location Manager
Roland Caine
1st Assistant Director
Phil Hartley
2nd Assistant Director
Stephanie Sullivan
3rd Assistant Director
Justine Noakes
Alison Black
Production Co-ordinator
Susan Irish
Producer’s Secretary
Lesley Courley
Costume Design
Rita Angell
Wardrobe Mistress
Sheryl Brittain
Wardrobe Assistant
Erika Pharaoh
Toni Holmes, Deborah McKinlay
Production Buyer
Graham Curtis
Art Director
Peter Bull
Design Assistant
Anthony Howell
John Hamon
Camera Operator
Julian Barber
Focus Puller
Bruce Barraclough
Camera Grip
Alan Imeson
Sound Recordist
Maurice Hillier
Boom Swinger
Liam Ryan
Gaffer Electrician
John Donoghue
Best Boy
Steve Philps
Mick Lay, Roy Robberts
Prop Master
Paul Kearney
Colin Bradbury, Mike Swanston
Standby Craftsman
Max Grant
Assistant Film Editors
Steve Branscombe, Steve Crabb
Dubbing Editor
Peter Dansie
Assistant Dubbing Editor
Mark Newson
Dubbing Mixer
Dave Fallon
Production Accountant
Peter Harvey
Assistant Accountant
Gay Huse
Music recorded by
Dick Plant at Honeywell Studios
Film shot on
16mm Eastmancolor
Processed by
Rank Film Labs
Lighting equipment supplied by
Michael Samuelson Lighting Limited
Grip Equipment supplied by
Snowdonia Films
Film Editor
Nigel Bates
Production Designer
Christine Ruscoe
Director of Photography
Ken Brinsley BSC
Executive Producer
Graham Benson
Neil Zeiger




  1. Television South, Wikipedia. ↩︎

  2. Wexford and Me, ITV3 2008. ↩︎

  3. Elizabeth Spriggs 1929-2008: obituary by Dennis Barker, The Guardian. ↩︎

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

  5. Colin Campbell 1937-2018, Wikipedia. ↩︎

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

George Baker as Wexford with Katrina Levon as Arlene Heddon