Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Deadly Slumber 

When the head of a medical clinic is found asphyxiated in his garage, the father of a one of his brain-dead patients becomes the prime suspect.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Starks ...
Jane Folley
Dr. Claire Brewster
Dr. Mathew Brewster
Jestyn Phillips ...
Card Player (as Jestyn Philips)
Adam Maxwell ...
Robert Swann ...
Mark Felsham
David Goudge ...
Lou Wakefield ...
Forensic Scientist
Michael Steppings
Nurse Wendy Hazlitt


Dr. Mathew Brewster's suicide takes a particular twist when the pathologist determines that he had also been bound and gagged. The Brewsters, both medical doctors, ran a private clinic and their son John, who lived at home, is doctoral candidate in philosophy. One possible suspect is Michael Steppings who threatened the Brewsters and their nurse after his daughter suffered severe side-effects and is now in a vegetative state from a botched operation two years previously. The forensics lab determines that one of Steppings's threatening letters was altered and Morse learns that Brewster may at one time been having an affair, so he must consider another possible motive for murder. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

6 January 1993 (UK)  »

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1.37 : 1
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The book that Michael Steppings reads to his comatose daughter in the hospital is Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. The pony referred to is Merrylegs. See more »


John Brewster: He was monstrous, Chief Inspector. Monstrous.
Chief Inspector Morse: Was he, Mr. Brewster? Your parents and Nurse Hazlitt ruined his daughter's life. And for no other reason than to save money. You knew that and you stood by them. If Michael Steppings was monstrous, Mister Brewster, he was made monstrous.
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An Excellent Murder Mystery
19 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

When the head of a medical clinic is found asphyxiated in his garage, the father of a one of his brain-dead patients becomes the prime suspect.

This was my first exposure to Inspector Morse. I suspect it will not be my last, as a few more have made their way on to my list of things to see. What made this a good story, besides the excellent detective work, is the series of twists and turns.

Now, anyone who knows how murder mysteries goes will expect a few curve balls. It is far too easy to go after the local bookie for a murder -- surely the real answer is much more complicated. Which makes this such a wonderful story, because along the way the detective and the bookie develop a friendship while still maintaining a cat and mouse attitude. This is an excellent script.

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