Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987–2000)
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A Dark Blue Perfume 

A middle-aged man is still haunted by a love affair from his youth which almost ended in murder.


Sandy Johnson


Peter Ransley (adaptation), Ruth Rendell (novel) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Susannah York ... Liz
John Castle ... Mark
David Ryall ... Bill
Peter Helmer Peter Helmer ... Removal Man
Sara Markland Sara Markland ... Sarah
Rowena Cooper Rowena Cooper ... Sheila
Linda Quinn ... Cleaner
Charlotte Avery Charlotte Avery ... Young Katherine
Mark Mordue Mark Mordue ... Young Mark
Tina Marian Tina Marian ... Doctor
Nick Marshall Nick Marshall ... 1st Thug
William Oliver William Oliver ... 2nd Thug
Helen Rimmer Helen Rimmer ... Woman in Pub
Bridget Armstrong ... Old Katherine


After living abroad for many years, Mark Roberts returns to his home town of Manchester. He's something of a recluse who apparently has little interest in socializing with anyone in the community. A few months after his arrival he forms a friendship with a neighbor, the recently widowed Liz. For her, the affair is a liberating experience but she can't bring Mark out of his shell. A local busybody decides to find out more about him and finds that he once tried to kill his fiancée and spent 8 years in jail as a result. In fact, Mark is haunted by the incident and can't bring himself to visit the woman h tried to kill. In fact, he keeps seeing her on the street, just as he remembered her a those years ago. Urged on by Liz, he finally goes to see the woman, with tragic results. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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15 August 1997 (UK) See more »

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Liz: [to Sheila] Why didn't you become one of those foul tabloid journalists? Even that would have required a certain talent1 You're a cow, Shiela, a nasty poisonous cow who lives on gossip and other people's misery! Phew! I've been dying to say that for years!
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Well worth seeing if you get the chance
18 May 2002 | by maralexSee all my reviews

This is a neat little story, beautifully acted by Susannah York and John Castle as the middle-aged couple who meet and fall in love. Unfortunately, the past returns to haunt them both and the ending comes as quite a shock. If it's shown again on TV, try and catch it.

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