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Road Rage: Part One 

A young German girl mysteriously disappears from outside a pub and a group of environmentalist stage a sit in to prevent a bypass from being built through a forest.


Bruce MacDonald


George Baker (adaptation), Ruth Rendell (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Baker ... D.C.I. Reg Wexford
Louie Ramsay Louie Ramsay ... Dora Wexford
Christopher Ravenscroft ... Det. Insp. Burden
Isobel Middleton Isobel Middleton ... Det. Sgt. Malahyde
Jack Klaff ... King of the Wood (aka Conrad Tarling)
Lex van Delden Lex van Delden ... Herr Ranke
Lynne Wilmot ... Freya
Fiona Welburn Fiona Welburn ... Myrna
Diane Keen ... Jenny Burden
Ian Bartholomew Ian Bartholomew ... Stanley Trotter
Natalie Walter ... Tanya Paine
Robert Morgan Robert Morgan ... Timothy Jordan
Robin Kermode ... Det. Sgt. Vine
Deborah Poplett ... Sheila Wexford (as Debra Poplett)
John Forgeham ... Pub Landlord


DCI Reg Wexford and DI Burden has to deal with a group of eco-activists who have set up an elaborate camp in a wooded area in the hopes of stopping the construction of a major road, the Kingsmarkham bypass. Some of the activists will go to any length to have it stopped including setting traps for the construction crews such as spiking trees. Their leader is a somewhat imposing figure who will only identify himself as King of the Wood. Tensions are growing between the workers and the protesters who are forcibly evicted and forced out of their camp. Meanwhile, Burden is investigating the case of a missing German girl, Ulrike Ranke who seems to have vanished into thin air. The girl's father has taken to living in Kingsmarkham and contacts Burden regularly on the status of the case. When they find her body in the woods Burden's instinct tells him he's dealing with a murder. They trace her to a pub where she'd called a taxi but the driver who picked her up, Trotter, is clearly hiding ... Written by garykmcd

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8 November 1998 (UK) See more »

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John Forgeham (Mr. Dickson, the pub landlord) had already guest starred in another British police detective series episode about builders clashing violently with environmental protesters over a highway project. (Pie in the Sky: Endangered Species (1994)) See more »


D.C.I. Reg Wexford: [Distraught over Dora's disappearance] She must be dead!
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Excellent all round
25 August 2000 | by MartPolSee all my reviews

A highly interesting and effective spin on the very modern theme of environmental protest, Road Rage sees Inspector Wexford up against an apparently terrorist organisation who have kidnapped his wife. George Baker is excellent as the dignified but emotionally-crumbling detective, and the mini-series is directed with the kind of calm panache so typical of ITV's big-budget detective dramas.

Highly recommended viewing.

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