When the case against the Abingdon gang comes under scrutiny, Morse and Lewis must travel to Australia to locate their prime informant who was resettled there with his entire family in exchange for the information he provided the police. When they get there, they find the informant, Kenny Stone (now known as Mike Harding), is somewhat difficult to pin down. When they learn that someone in Mike's family subscribes to a newspaper from home, they fear that members of his old gang may also be looking for him. When Harding's daughter is kidnapped, they have two people to find, but not surprisingly Morse and the local constabulary knock heads from the outset. What Morse learns about the original convictions, however, turns the entire case on its head. Written by
Australian Sergeant Scott Humphries orders another cop to check where someone was between the hours of "half two and half three". This is a British way of saying the time, and there's nowhere in Australia, especially in country New South Wales, where anybody would say it that way. The correct Australian way would be to say "half past two and half past three". See more »
Chief Inspector Morse:
Why don't you get back to your steak, Lewis? It should be just about leathery enough for you now.
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For me this episode was all about the NSW countryside, much of which our family has traveled through over the last 35 years, and little about the plot. The glorious exposure of hills, mountains and pasture at a time of plenty - not drought; the chain bridge over which the abductee cycles, the 'bent' main street (created by the bullock drivers in a previous century), the street-scape, pubs and café in 'Hereford'; the railway sidings in 'Eugowra'; - all have changed very little in a little less than 20 years. However, the fleeting glance of a barn extolling 'Dunlop' on the Sydney to Cowra road has lost all its roofing (the family kept a mental log as each year or two another sheet was lost) and the Sydney ferries are now painted in green and gold!
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