Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Second Time Around 

Morse links the killing of a Deputy Assistant Commissioner on the night of his retirement to the 18 year old cold case murder of an 8 year old girl.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Laird ...
Mrs. Keelan
Frederick Redpath
Detective Chief Inspector Patrick Dawson
Maurice Bush ...
Ann Bell ...
Catherine Dawson
Mark Draper ...
Angry Policeman
Simon Adams ...
Incontinent Policeman
Pat Heywood ...
Mrs. Mitchell
Terrence Mitchell
Liz Kettle ...
David Baukham ...
Desk Sergeant (as David Bauckham)


Deputy Assistant Commissioner Charlie Hillian is killed on the night of his retirement party. Hillian was at one time a senior officer in Oxford and was in fact Morse's boss. He was also writing a book about his most memorable cases, including one about the unsolved death of an 8-year-old girl some 18 years ago. The suspect in that case, Frederick Redpath, was at Hillian's house the day he died and that chapter from the manuscript is missing. There are other suspects however, including Hillian's ghost writer who will now receive all of the book's royalties; a handyman who was working on the property; and Redpath's daughter, who knew the little girl who was killed all those years before. Morse comes into conflict with with a colleague DCI Dawson, who was one of Hillian's protégés, as they again look into the little girl's death. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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20 February 1991 (UK)  »

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The operatic aria heard at points throughout this episode is "Senza Mamma", sung by Janis Kelly, from 'Suor Angelica' by Giacomo Puccini See more »


When the constable discovers that Redpath has tried to commit suicide he drops a tray of food he is holding, in long shot it flips over but in close-up it lands the proper way up. See more »


Chief Inspector Morse: The connection is Frederick Redpath.
Detective Chief Inspector Patrick Dawson: Why would he go back the following day? It's irrational.
Chief Inspector Morse: Murder is irrational... and murderers.
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References An Inspector Calls (1954) See more »


Senza Mama
from "Suor Angelics" (uncredited
Composed by Giacomo Puccini (1918)
Recording played by Morse several times.
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maybe the greatest Morse
4 October 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode seems to have everything that made the series great: the unbearable weight of society's hierarchies, embodied here by -- of all things! -- the politics of the police. But there's also Morse's curmudgeonly lovability, Strange's predictable difficulties with protocol, Lewis's wanting-to-believe-yet-almost-bailing. It is probably the most noir of the lot: everyone loses, even Morse's debating team. But it is the chemistry between Thaw, Davies, and Colley that is the most mesmerising. Listen to how Kenneth Colley pronounces the initial sibilant of the word 'slab' in his final scene: terrifyingly competent. And of course the signature tune, Puccini's Senza Mamma, nails it.

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