Recipient of fifteen awards including a CBE, Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence and a multiple recipient of the coveted Golden Dagger Award for Fiction, Ruth Rendell is widely acknowledged as a crime writer par excellence and being instrumental in raising the bar in crime fiction. These highly popular dramas, all Blue Heaven/Meridian Broadcasting Productions, were originally broadcast on ITV between 1994 and 2000. As well as George Baker starring in three Inspector Wexford mysteries, the episodes also feature other great British actors in tantalising performances, including Colin Firth, Peter Egan, Leslie Phillips, Sylvia Sims, Amanda Redman, Keith Barron and Susannah York.
Master of the Moor (1994) Stephen Whalby (Colin Firth) discovers the blonde-headed body of an artist on Vangmoor. He is interviewed by Det. Insp. Manciple (George Costigan), an ex-met police officer who clearly suspects everybody.
You Can't Be Too Careful (1998) When Della Galway (Serena Evans) moves into her new bedsit in London her landlady, Mrs. Swanson (June Barrie), makes it clear that security is her prime interest.
Vanity Dies Hard (1994) Alice Whittaker (Eleanor David) journeys to the home of her friend Nesta Drage (Jane Gurnett), whom she has neither seen nor spoken to in three months.
The Orchard Walls (1998) At the height of the London Blitz, 16 year-old Jenny (Honeysuckle Weeks) is evacuated to the countryside. It isn't long before she finds the dead body of a convalescing Spitfire pilot hanging in a tree.
Simisola (1996) With Wexford (George Baker) feeling tired and irritable, some of his colleagues can hardly tell the difference from normal. Others, however, counsel a visit to the doctor...
The Fallen Curtain (1999) When six year old Richard (Max Brazier) disappeared from his home, an intense police search revealed nothing. Now 19, Richard (Ben Brazier) has obvious psychological and emotional problems...
The Secret House of Death (1996) When Susan Townsend (Amanda Redman) discovers the body of her neighbour Louise North (Sarah Parks) with that of a man who had been coming to see her, it seems a tragic end to a furtive, suburban affair.
A Case of Coincidence (1996) The discovery of Sarah Quin's (Caroline Bliss)'s body in remote Fenland is the fifth in a series of killings baffling Inspector Masters (Keith Barron) and Chief Inspector Moore (Ronald Pickup) in the autumn of 1954.
The Double (1997) Lisa (Camilla Power) is young, innocent and highly superstitious - she is also in love with Peter (Jason Flemyng), a smart computer whizz kid. They accidentally meet Zoe (also Camilla Power), who is Lisa's double'.
A Dark Blue Perfume (1997) Haunted by his past, Mark (John Castle) returns to his home town as a stranger hoping for a new beginning. However, he doesn't allow for Sheila who has not forgotten Mark and what made him leave his home originally.
Bribery and Corruption (1997) Nicholas (James D'Arcy / Damian Zuk) and his father Nick (Tim Woodward), a widower, have moved house. Nicholas, on a blind date at an expensive restaurant meets an old acquaintance, Julius Sorensen (Paul Freeman), dining with a woman who isn't his wife...
May and June (1997) On her way to attend William's funeral, May (Phoebe Nicholls) thinks back to the past when she and her estranged sister, June (Christine Kavanagh) were children. May was set to marry William, but June stole him from her.
Front Seat (1997) Cecily (Janet Suzman) and Hugh (Edward Hardwicke) Branksome retire to the seaside town of their youth. They meet up with Arnold Cottle (Richard Johnson), an old rogue they both knew from their childhood.
Going Wrong (1998) Guy (James Callis) and Leonora (Josephine Butler) first met when Leonora was a schoolgirl, hungry for experience. They were young lovers for three years, though her civilised' middle-class family disapproved of her arrogant boyfriend.
Road Rage (1998) To Wexford's dismay a by-pass is to be built around Kindsmarkham that will destroy an area of natural beauty. The plans have attracted the attention of environmental activists.
Lake of Darkness (1999) When accountant Martin Urban (Jerome Flynn) wins a substantial amount of money on the lottery, he is determined to give some of it away to deserving causes. That doesn't include his old university colleague Tim Sage (Nick Reding).
Harm Done (2000) DCI Wexford (George Baker) and his team are called in to investigate another abduction, that of a sixteen year old Lizzie Crowne (Stacy Hart).