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
John Brewster
Dr. Claire Brewster
Richard Owens ...
Dr. Mathew Brewster
Jestyn Phillips ...
Card Player (as Jestyn Philips)
Adam Maxwell ...
Robert Swann ...
Mark Felsham
David Goudge ...
Lou Wakefield ...
Forensic Scientist
Michael Steppings
Dr. Greer
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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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The forensic scientist tells Morse that she put the threatening letter on a specific but unnamed machine to reveal the writing on the previous sheet of the writing pad. The machine used is an Electrostatic Detection Apparatus or ESDA machine, which uses electrostatic attraction of toner powder to highlight indentations in the paper. See more »


Dr. Greer: [to Morse] Why is it, Chief Inspector, that doctors make such bad patients?
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First-class Morse episode, and a great start to the 7th series!
7 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I will say, that my favourite episode from the 7th series is The Day of the Devil, but Deadly Slumber is so good, that I hate to criticise it. Here, Morse is investigating the murder of a doctor, and suspicion falls on the father of a victim who suffered from brain damage after her operation went wrong. Deadly Slumber is beautifully constructed, and as usual John Thaw and Kevin Whately's acting talents are the driving force of the episode. The script is very intelligent, as is always the case with Morse, and while slow in pace, the story never runs out of steam or loses the audience's interest. The scene where Morse utters "Look Morse, look, look, look" with the 2nd movement of Mozart's 23rd Piano concerto was one of the episode's best scenes. The fine supporting performances include Brian Cox from Manhunter and Braveheart fame, Janet Suzman, Jason Durr and Penny Downie, and salvage one of the more intriguing episodes of the later series. 10/10 Bethany Cox.

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