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Ruth Rendell Mysteries: The Orchard Walls (ITV 1998 with Honeysuckle Weeks and John McGlynn)

UK / ITV – Meridian – Blue Heaven – United / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 31 December 1998

Writer: Jacqueline Holborough / Story: Ruth Rendell / Music: Brian Bennett / Costumes: Rita Angell / Production Design: Tim Hutchinson / Producer: Neil Zeiger / Director: Gwennan Sage

Series: The Ruth Rendell Mysteries / Season 14 Episode 2

Stand alone period thriller entry in the Ruth Rendell Mysteries series, it is set during the second world war, when 16 year old Jenny is evacuated from London out to her Aunt’s house in the country. She accidentally uncovers a secret that leads to tragedy.

One of the last of the Ruth Rendell’s to be made, this had excellent period production design and despite a somewhat slight plot still managed to pile on the atmosphere. Honeysuckle Weeks was very good as the young teenager struggling to come to terms with her burgeoning sexuality and discovering things probably best left undiscovered.

cast
HONEYSUCKLE WEEKS as Jenny
MARSHA FITZALAN as Clara
JOHN McGLYNN as Daniel
SYLVIA SYMS as Mrs Thorn
FIONA DOLMAN as Ella
RUPERT PROCTOR as Tom
CHERITH MELLOR as Mrs Leithman
ALEXIS DENISOF as Dennis
JAMES BREE as Vicar
JON GLOVER as Radio/Pathe News Announcer





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