Wycliffe (1994– )
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The Last Rites 

When the Rev. Jordan finds the corpse of his church cleaner in front of the altar, the police surgeon thinks it posed. Village women despise her sexual immorality, but Wycliffe investigates other more practical motives for murder.


A.J. Quinn (as A J Quinn)


W.J. Burley (from the novels by), Rob Heyland


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jack Shepherd ... Det. Supt. Wycliffe
Jimmy Yuill ... DI Kersey
Jeff Rawle ... Rev. Jordan
Aaron Harris Aaron Harris ... DS Dixon
Dinah Stabb Dinah Stabb ... Celia Jordan
Helen Masters ... DI Lane
Ellie Haddington Ellie Haddington ... Katherine Geach
Paul Moriarty Paul Moriarty ... Abe Geach
Nigel Terry ... Lawrence Vinter
Julia Deakin Julia Deakin ... Stephanie Vinter
Mark Letheren Mark Letheren ... Giles Vinter
Tim Wylton ... Franks
Adam Barker Adam Barker ... DC Potter
Geoffrey Leesley Geoffrey Leesley ... Glynn


The police investigate the murder of the local church cleaner, Jessica, who is found dead at the foot of the alter by Rev. Michael Jordan. Jessica was well known in the village and was a strong woman who had a difficult life. She was also despised by many in the community, accused of having loose morals. Jessica and her sister Katherine Geach had a tense relationship as well. Several women in the community, led by Rev. Jordan's sister Celia, seemed to have a particular dislike for her. Jessica owned a farm and had tenants including Lawrence and Stephanie Vinter and their son Giles. When DI Lane finds threatening notes in Jessica's room, it is clear to just what extent some people wanted to get rid of her. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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21 August 1994 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

St Ewe, Cornwall, England, UK

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As Wycliffe takes his first look at the dead body, she breathes. See more »

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more dead bodies in cornwall
18 February 2019 | by sandcrab277See all my reviews

Okay, i give up, this series is way too tedious and slow to spend much time on ... chucking it in jack

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