Ruth Rendell's Thirteen Steps Down

Series 1 - Episode 2

Ruth Rendell's Thirteen Steps Down
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Creepy fantasist Mix Cellini (Luke Treadaway) continues to construct an elaborate, twisted “romance” with dim model Nerissa Nash as this not entirely successful adaptation of Ruth Rendell’s psychological thriller continues.

Mix slowly loses what is left of his grip on reality while Nerissa has problems of her own, swapping the attentions of one narcissist for another when she throws herself at a self- obsessed jerk she’s known since she was a child. The ending is little more than a tottering pile of shocks, and you might be tempted to giggle when the identity of the “ghost” of mass murderer John Reginald Christie, Mix’s idol, is revealed.

About this programme

2/2. Conclusion of the psychological thriller based on the novel. When Mix finally comes face to face with supermodel Nerissa, reality begins to merge with fantasy, and when Gwendolen returns from hospital he compounds one heinous act with another in a misguided attempt to protect the woman he loves. As his obsessions collide, Mix begins a rapid descent into insanity. Luke Treadaway, Geraldine James, Gemma Jones and Elarica Gallacher star.

Cast and crew


Mix Cellini
Luke Treadaway
Gwendolen Chawcer
Geraldine James
Nerissa Nash
Elarica Gallacher
Gemma Jones
Anna Calder-Marshall
Danila Kovic
Victoria Bewick
Darel Jones
Sam O'Mahoney
Madame Odette
Maryam d'Abo
Laura Pyper
Peter Gaynor
Mrs Cellini
Tara Breathnach
Young Mix
James O'Donoghue
Tom Akwaa
Brian Bovell
Hazel Akwaa
Carrie Crowley
John Reginald Christie/Salah Baseyev
Mark Lambert
Dr Stephen Reeves
Rio Fanning
Police sergeant
Len Collin
Diarmaid Murtagh


Adapted By
Adrian Hodges
Marek Losey
Executive Producer
Alan Moloney
Executive Producer
Mary Callery
Executive Producer
Adrian Hodges
Neil Zeiger
Ruth Rendell