The Ruth Rendell Mysteries

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The Ruth Rendell Mysteries
Format Mystery
Starring George Baker
Louie Ramsay
Christopher Ravenscroft
Composer(s) Brian Bennett
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of seasons 12
No. of episodes 55 (with Wexford)
29 (without Wexford)
Production
Executive producer(s) Graham Benson
Colin Rogers
Tim Vaughn
Production company(s) TVS (1987-1992)
Meridian (1994-2000)
Blue Heaven
(1992, 1994-2000)
Distributor ABC Family Worldwide
ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3, 16:9
Original run 2 August 1987 (1987-08-02) – 11 October 2000 (2000-10-11)

The Ruth Rendell Mysteries is a British television series made by Television South and Meridian Television (in association with Blue Heaven productions) for ITV between 2 August 1987 and 11 October 2000.

Description[edit]

The series comprises adaptations of the works of Ruth Rendell, many of which are based on her extensive range of short stories. In some cases, the stories were expanded from Rendell's original material or elements from a number of stories were woven together into one episode. A smaller number of episodes were based on Rendell's full-length novels, such as Going Wrong, starring James Callis and Front Seat, starring Janet Suzman.

There were a total of 55 episodes centring on the Detective Inspector Wexford stories, starring George Baker, Louie Ramsay and Christopher Ravenscroft, and an additional 29 episodes did not feature Wexford.

Inspector Wexford episodes[edit]

# Episode title Aired
1 Wolf to the Slaughter: Part 1 2 August 1987
2 Wolf to the Slaughter: Part 2 9 August 1987
3 Wolf to the Slaughter: Part 3 16 August 1987
4 Wolf to the Slaughter: Part 4 23 August 1987
5 A Guilty Thing Surprised: Part 1 19 June 1988
6 A Guilty Thing Surprised: Part 2 26 June 1988
7 A Guilty Thing Surprised: Part 3 3 July 1988
8 Shake Hands Forever: Part 1 23 September 1988
9 Shake Hands Forever: Part 2 30 September 1988
10 Shake Hands Forever: Part 3 7 October 1988
11 No Crying He Makes 23 December 1988
12 No More Dying Then: Part 1 22 October 1989
13 No More Dying Then: Part 2 29 October 1989
14 No More Dying Then: Part 3 5 November 1989
15 A Sleeping Life: Part 1 12 November 1989
16 A Sleeping Life: Part 2 19 November 1989
17 A Sleeping Life: Part 3 26 November 1989
18 The Veiled One 17 December 1989
19 Some Lie and Some Die: Part 1 30 September 1990
20 Some Lie and Some Die: Part 2 7 October 1990
21 Some Lie and Some Die: Part 3 14 October 1990
22 The Best Man to Die: Part 1 21 October 1990
23 The Best Man to Die: Part 2 28 October 1990
24 The Best Man to Die: Part 3 4 November 1990
25 An Unkindness of Ravens: Part 1 11 November 1990
26 An Unkindness of Ravens: Part 2 18 November 1990
27 Put on by Cunning 24 December 1990
28 A New Lease of Death: Part 1 29 September 1991
# Episode Title Aired
29 A New Lease of Death: Part 2 6 October 1991
30 A New Lease of Death: Part 3 13 October 1991
31 Murder Being Once Done: Part 1 20 October 1991
32 Murder Being Once Done: Part 2 27 October 1991
33 Murder Being Once Done: Part 3 3 November 1991
34 From Doon with Death: Part 1 10 November 1991
35 From Doon with Death: Part 2 17 November 1991
36 Means of Evil: Part 1 24 November 1991
37 Means of Evil: Part 2 1 December 1991
38 Achilles' Heel 26 December 1991
39 The Speaker of Mandarin: Part 1 27 September 1992
40 The Speaker of Mandarin: Part 2 4 October 1992
41 The Speaker of Mandarin: Part 3 11 October 1992
42 The Mouse in the Corner: Part 1 18 October 1992
43 The Mouse in the Corner: Part 2 25 October 1992
44 An Unwanted Woman: Part 1 1 November 1992
45 An Unwanted Woman: Part 2 8 November 1992
46 Kissing the Gunner's Daughter: Part 1 15 November 1992
47 Kissing the Gunner's Daughter: Part 2 22 November 1992
48 Kissing the Gunner's Daughter: Part 3 29 November 1992
49 Kissing the Gunner's Daughter: Part 4 6 December 1992
50 Simisola: Part 1 26 January 1996
51 Simisola: Part 2 2 February 1996
52 Simisola: Part 3 9 February 1996
53 Road Rage: Part 1 8 November 1998
54 Road Rage: Part 2 9 November 1998
55 Harm Done 11 October 2000
[1]

Non-Wexford episodes[edit]

# Episode title Aired
1 Talking to Strange Men 27 December 1992
2 Master of the Moor: Part 1 2 September 1994
3 Master of the Moor: Part 2 9 September 1994
4 Master of the Moor: Part 3 16 September 1994
5 Vanity Dies Hard: Part 1 24 March 1995
6 Vanity Dies Hard: Part 2 31 March 1995
7 Vanity Dies Hard: Part 3 7 April 1995
8 The Strawberry Tree: Part 1 21 April 1995
9 The Strawberry Tree: Part 2 28 April 1995
10 Heartstones 1 January 1996
11 The Secret House of Death: Part 1 8 March 1996
12 The Secret House of Death: Part 2 15 March 1996
13 A Case of Coincidence: Part 1 22 March 1996
14 A Case of Coincidence: Part 2 29 March 1996
15 The Double 3 January 1997
# Episode title Aired
16 A Dark Blue Perfume 10 January 1997
17 Bribery and Corruption: Part 1 17 January 1997
18 Bribery and Corruption: Part 2 24 January 1997
19 Thornapple 31 January 1997
20 May and June: Part 1 7 February 1997
21 May and June: Part 2 14 February 1997
22 Front Seat 21 February 1997
23 Going Wrong: Part 1 2 June 1998
24 Going Wrong: Part 2 9 June 1998
25 Going Wrong: Part 3 11 June 1998
26 You Can't Be Too Careful 24 December 1998
27 The Orchard Walls 31 December 1998
28 The Lake of Darkness 3 May 1999
29 The Fallen Curtain 6 August 1999
[2]

Media releases[edit]

In 2007, Network in the UK released 17 mysteries on DVD in a 9-disc box set called The Best Of Ruth Rendell Mysteries, including three of Inspector Wexford's most acclaimed mysteries. Two 3-disc DVD sets are available in the US, with the third set being released on 24 June 2008.[citation needed]

In the UK, the series was repeated through February 2009 on the digital channel ITV3.[citation needed]

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