Tired of dealing with his older daughter's domestic problems, Reg Wexford is not really unhappy when a sudden death calls him away from home. The investigation of the fatal stabbing of ...
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Tired of dealing with his older daughter's domestic problems, Reg Wexford is not really unhappy when a sudden death calls him away from home. The investigation of the fatal stabbing of Rhoda Comfrey soon takes Wexford and Mike Burden to London where they find out that there is more to the silent life of Rhoda Comfrey than it seemed.Written by
Jasper P. Morgan
When Reg Wexford is on the ferry going over to France, he is briefly seen reading a book by Barbara Vine. Barbara Vine is a pseudonym under which Ruth Rendell (creator of Wexford) has written some of her novels. See more »
I enjoyed all the Wexford novels and adaptations, A Sleeping Life stands out as being particularly clever and imaginative. It boasts a particularly explosive and loud opening, the scene where Roda is stabbed is certainly enough to grab the viewers attention. Sylvia Sims adds plenty of humour, Lillian Crown is more then a match for Wexford.
A complex plot unravels, a question of gender identity is asked, and answered. It compares very well to the novelisation, it's a very faithful work. Slow paced in parts some would argue, I find it an excellent drama, Baker's French scenes are particularly enjoyable.
A young Imelda Staunton plays Polly Flinders, it's easy to see how she is manipulated by the beautiful Malina Patel, again exactly as in the novel. I hope I don't offend anyone when I say I'd love to see the Wexford serials remade, they could do so much with them by bringing them up to date. I would dearly love to see the full set released commercially.
So relevant still today. 9/10
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