Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Driven to Distraction 

After two beautiful women are stabbed to death a month apart by the same killer, the only connection between the pair is their car dealership.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tariq Yunus ...
Tessa Wojtczak ...
Richard Huw ...
Al Ashton ...
Will Brenton ...
Chris Jenkinson ...
David Lonsdale ...
Carolyn Choa ...
Ken Nazarin ...
Mary Jo Randle ...


Morse and Lewis investigate the death of Jackie Thorn who was found bound and stabbed in her flat. The murder is a carbon copy of one that occurred 27 days previously and they assume both were committed by the same man. The team is joined by Sgt. Siobhan Maitland, a expert in crimes against women. In the course of the investigation, they find that both women had purchased their cars from the same dealer and Morse becomes convinced that the owner, Jeremy Boynton, is the culprit. When they find a third assault victim who survived an attack some 5 years previously, Morse is more convinced than ever. The only thing now is that Morse needs evidence, provided he has the right man of course. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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17 January 1990 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


David Ryall, who plays Derek Whitaker, the head of the driving school next-door to Jeremy Boynton's motor dealership, later appeared in the 'Lewis' episode 'Life Born of Fire'. He is Inspector Lewis' next-door allotment gardener. See more »


Detective Sergeant Lewis: You can't arrest the man just because you don't like him.
Chief Inspector Morse: More's the pity.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits of this episode it states that the characters were created by Alan Dexter when of course it should be Colin Dexter! See more »


Edited into Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (2000) See more »


Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat, K. 495, 3rd movement
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Playing on audio cassette at the end of Morse and Maitland's all-night computer search.
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Location remembered
25 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a Driving Instructor in and around the London area, this episode has always had a special place in my memory from way back when. As a Morse 'piece' it probably ranks just below the series very best episodes, but is enthralling nonetheless. Great acting as always, a seedy killer, a clever twist to the Morse know all attitude and spotting nearby locations remains a good quiz amongst those in the know.

Just one correction though, the website has an error in claiming the location for the Oxford Driving Centre is the Government's TRRL. This was actually filmed at the Harrow Driving Centre in North London(now long gone), as anyone who has worked there can readily testify. Many times i have walked that small pathway trodden by Morse and Lewis and also sat around within the 'simulator' room. Funny anecdotes from colleagues who were present during the filming are also remembered with affection, as can be seen from the odd glimpses of actual working cars in the background shots.

It is entirely possible that the later scenes set on the skid-pan were filmed at the TRRL but the earlier Driving Centre sequences were based in Harrow.

A highly recommended episode; search it out and enjoy.

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