Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Absolute Conviction 

A convicted fraudster, one of three former business partners at an open prison, dies following an assault. Morse has to investigate the death while dealing with a brash subordinate and trying to avoid offending the prison authorities.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hilary Stephens
Brian Thornton
David Fielder ...
Prison Chaplain
Lawrence Cryer
Young Doctor
Luke Williams ...
George Newcombe
Geoff Harris - Prison Officer
Laura - Secretary
David Howey ...
Dr. Stephen James Archer - Prison Doctor
DS Cheetham
Charlie Bennett


Lawrence Cryer is a fraudster serving a sentence in a minimum security prison.The initial cause of death was thought to be a heart attack but the autopsy reveals he was struck down. Cryer was one of three businessmen who had defrauded millions from would be investors. His fellow fraudsters, Alex Bailey and Brian Thornton, are serving their sentences in the same prison. Cryer's young widow is now having an affair with Thornton's son and Bailey continues to engage in financial planning of some sort. Morse believes that the three must have salted some money abroad but is having difficulty finding the evidence. When a second fraudster collapses from an overdose of heart medication, Morse focuses on those who lost money in the investment scheme but the answer lies elsewhere. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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8 April 1992 (UK)  »

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Chief Superintendent Strange: I suppose you'll be wrapping up the case now. Is that the file?
Chief Inspector Morse: No, this is something else.
DS Cheetham: [Peering over Morse's shoulder] Charlie Bennett. Wife-murderer, locked up in Farnleigh. Due for release.
Chief Inspector Morse: He still claims he didn't do it.
Chief Superintendent Strange: As I recall, he was found brick in hand, covered in blood. Mind you, it was Frampton who nicked him.
[Cheetham looks puzzled]
Chief Superintendent Strange: DI Frampton, currently serving five years for corruption.
Chief Inspector Morse: He was a real high-flyer, Cheetham.
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Well crafted and intelligent- my favourite episode of the 6th series.
7 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Absolute Conviction's main merits are the wonderful script, the cast and the music. Also the episode is beautifully shot, and a well-constructed plot, taking place mainly in a prison. John Thaw and Kevin Whately light up the screen in the title roles, and Diana Quick and Richard Wilson also impress. I loved the contributions also from big stars, Sean Bean, Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent and Phil Davis (Smallweed in Bleak House). The script is wonderful, and we can see Morse's hatred for Bailey and his infatuation for Hilary. I loved the excerpts of Schubert's Death of the Maiden quartet, a truly magnificent piece with the most beautiful slow movement to any chamber work, and Bach's Chorale that is very haunting and appropriate for the scenes it was featured in. Overall, a wonderful episode, 10/10. Bethany Cox

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