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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Jenny Laird ...
Mrs. Keelan
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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 ...
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Pat Heywood ...
Mrs. Mitchell
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Terrence Mitchell
Peter Waddington ...
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Liz Kettle ...
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David Baukham ...
Desk Sergeant (as David Bauckham)
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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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The operatic aria heard at points throughout this episode is "Senza Mamma", sung by Janis Kelly, from 'Suor Angelica' by Giacomo Puccini See more »

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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 »

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Detective Sergeant Lewis: [Concerning Redpath's explanations] What do you think?
Chief Inspector Morse: I've never heard so many lies. It was like sitting through an election campaign.
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References An Inspector Calls (1954) See more »

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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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