Inspector Morse: Season 5, Episode 1

Second Time Around (20 Feb. 1991)

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Morse links the killing of a police lieutenant 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
Kenneth Colley ...
Detective Chief Inspector Patrick Dawson
James Grout ...
Maurice Bush ...
Charlie Hillian
Ann Bell ...
Catherine Dawson
Mark Draper ...
Angry Policeman
Simon Adams ...
Incontinent Policeman
Pat Heywood ...
Mrs. Mitchell
Terrence Mitchell
Peter Waddington ...
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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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: We're not exactly bosom friends, and I don't like the idea of not being trusted to do my job.
Catherine Dawson: Oh no. No, no, you'd be wrong to believe that, Inspector; I mean, Patrick thinks your a very good detective. Poor policeman and a very good detective.
Chief Inspector Morse: [laughs] Really?
Catherine Dawson: [Before sipping her wine] O-o-oh.
Chief Inspector Morse: Well, I suppose, half a compliment is better than none.
Catherine Dawson: Yes.
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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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Morse and the murder of the Deputy Police Commissioner
14 September 2006 | by (Port Stephens, Australia) – See all my reviews

Brilliant episode of Morse. The policeman who solves murders the way we do a crossword puzzle.

Morse is called in to investigate the murder of a retired Deputy Police Commissioner. Police spot a car leaving the scene of the crime. A search of the number plates lead them to Mr Frederick Redpath.

After interviewing a publisher it turns out that a key chapter is missing from the victim's memoirs. This leads them back to Redpath who was the key suspect in the murder of a child 18 years previous. A murder that both Morse and the victim worked on.

Christopher Eccleston features in this episode. He went on to star in "The second coming" and "Dr Who." Kenneth Colley and Oliver Ford Davies are also quite brilliant.

This episode is deeply satisfying. Morse never leaves you wanting more. It does not rip you off. They just don't make TV like this any more.

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