Inspector Morse: Season 4, Episode 3

Driven to Distraction (17 Jan. 1990)

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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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Morse tells Lewis about a friend who was terminally ill but was concerned that the battery on his car would go flat with not being driven so he got Morse to drive the car each week to keep the battery charged. Anthony Minghella, writer of the episode, included this story as a tribute to the late Kenny McBain, producer of Series 1 and 2, who had asked Minghella to perform this service on his newly-bought Saab when he discovered that he was dying of Hodgkin's disease. See more »


Chief Superintendent Strange: I'm taking you for a drink.
Chief Inspector Morse: It's funny, you're the second person to say that to me today. I turned the first one down.
Chief Superintendent Strange: This one you'll need.
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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 »


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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One of the better episodes
3 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't usually like Morse very much but this one episode was one of the better ones.

The plot is about 2 woman who get killed in the same way. Their mouths are taped and they are stabbed to death. The victims knew their killer. They had let the person into their apartment, there was no breakin.

Patrick Malahide who played Chief Inspector Alleyn in the Alleyn Mysteries Series is a bad guy in this. He is Jeremy Boynton. He cheats on his wife and one of the woman that is killed was his girlfriend.

He also is the main suspect because 2 of the women bought a car from his auto sales business.

There is a lot of mystery in this and Morse cannot get anywhere a female detective and him work together and they both feel the same about a suspect.

In this episode Morse is more direct with what he wants to do. Lewis is opposing him because he feels Morse is breaking the law without a search warrant and also accusing someone without evidence

Makes for a very interesting episode.

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