Ruth Rendell is an English crime writer, author of psychological thrillers and murder mysteries. In addition to police procedurals starring her most iconic creation, Chief Inspector Wexford, Rendell writes psychological crime novels exploring such themes as romantic obsession, misperceived communication, the impact of chance and coincidence, and the humanity of the criminals involved. Rendell's protagonists are often socially isolated, suffer from mental illness, or are otherwise disadvantaged. She explores the adverse impacts of their circumstances on these characters as well as on their victims.
She also writes as Barbara Vine.
A few of her stories have been adapted for radio. More often they appear on the radio as readings.
BBC RADIO PLAYS
PEOPLE DON'T DO SUCH THINGS ....2012
8 Jun 12. Ruth Rendell, dram. Mike Walker. A writer interrupts a marriage...
THREE SHORT PLAYS ....2006
Ruth Rendell: Fever Tree, Dreadful Day Of Judgement, Thornapple.
GOING WRONG ....1995
Ruth Rendell. Murder Before Midnight series; 11 Mar 95. 90m. Also on BBC7 (R4 Extra), 16 Jan 05.
Ruth Rendell. Saturday Night Theatre. 21 Jan 95. 90m thriller. Repeated on R4 Extra.
A FATAL INVERSION....1991
Barbara Vine. 14.12.1991. Saturday Playhouse, 90m.
KING SOLOMON'S CARPET....1996
Barbara Vine. 4 x 30m serial. Oct 96.
Numerous readings, all as Ruth Rendell.
They are listed by title followed by reader (if known) followed by broadcast date.
2001 A Dark Blue Perfume, John Rowe, 3 Sep 01
2001 The Wink, Kathy Staff, 4 Sep 01
2001 Computer Seance, Lesley Joseph, 5 Sep 01
2001 The Wrong Category, Nick Moran, 6 Sep 01
2001 Burning End, Sue Johnston, 7 Sep 01
nk Paperwork c 2000 (?)
nk Thornapple c 2000 (?)
1998 A Glowing Future, Barbara Flynn, 19 Nov 98
1995 The Fall of a Coin, Richard Mitchley, 28 Sep 95
1995 May & June
1994 The Fallen Curtain 9 Mar 94
1990 Gallowglass, 10 eps
1987 A Fatal Inversion,14 x 20m, Louis Fiander, 27Jun-26 Sep 87
1987 The Orchard Walls 2 Jan 87
1986 Fathers' Day, 6 Nov 86;
1986 The Green Road of Cathandra 7 Nov 86
1986 The Wrong Category, The Whistler, Hares House, Fen Hall
1986 A Judgement In Stone, Paul Daneman, 6 x 30m, 5 Apr -10May 86.
1985 Master Of The Moor, 10 x 20m, 7-18 Jan 85
nk indicates broadcast date not known.
compiled by Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
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