DI Frost is an old-school no-nonsense copper who believes in traditional policing methods. Assisted by several officers including the ever-able DS Toolan, Frost uses what he knows about the... See full summary »
Madeline Magellan, an investigative journalist, is the kind of journalist that generally sticks her nose in where it isn't wanted. While writing a story about the murder of a famous Artist ... See full summary »
Henry Fallon, who is wheelchair bound and is suffering from a neurological disorder, apparently commits suicide and Morse has mixed feelings working on this case as he was once engaged to the dead man's wife, Susan Fallon. The body was found by his son-in-law Peter Rhodes, a local antiques dealer and the victim's wife was in London. When Fallon's doctor advises Morse that Henry didn't have the physical capability to hold a gun to his head, the police realize they may have a murder on their hands. When the police are told that the business arrangement between Fallon and Rhodes had fallen apart, they also have a suspect. Lewis is concerned that Morse is too close to Mrs. Fallon to be objective but in the end, the perpetrators are identified. Written by
Dead On Time is beautiful, and very sad towards the end. One thing that stood out was the beautiful music by Schubert playing over the first five minutes or so. It perfectly matched what was on screen, and somehow made the scene very poignant. The plot is fairly complex, with the apparent suicide of an elderly don, and we learn that the victim's wife, played by a sympathetic Joanna David, and Morse some 30 years previously were engaged to be married. The plot then reveals a car crash, resulting in the death of the victim's daughter and grandson, but this unfolds after the son-in-law is implicated for the murder of his father-in-law. I thought the ending was extremely sad, with Susan killing herself, and Morse refuses to accept that he is wrong, as he thinks the family doctor did it, in a conspiracy between him and the victim to implicate the son-in-law, but Lewis learns that Susan did it to fulfil her husband's promise. The writers quite sensibly made Morse more sensitive here, but I did find him very scary in the interview room scene, that is all thanks to the outstanding performance of John Thaw. Kevin Whately matches him perfectly as his loyal sergeant Lewis, even more so when he can't bring himself to tell Morse the truth, and James Grout, Joanna David, Adrian Dunbar and Samantha Bond provide able support. All in all, an episode that is most likely to tug at your heart-strings. 10/10 Bethany Cox.
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