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
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
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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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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Morse Check Mates Colleague
20 February 2011 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

Well, as I slog my way through all the episodes in the boxed set, I've enjoyed the last few from Season Four. I ALWAYS enjoy the classy style of the program and find Sergeant Lewis engaging. Inspector Morse is interestingly quirky but his dyspeptic disposition, his cutting remarks, are a little tiresome after a while. I enjoy seeing him slouch through a case but I don't think anybody would really get along with him. No wonder he's single.

With this episode, I'm taken back to Square One. The plot is so intricate and the suspects so many and the outrageous incidents so outrageous that I lost the thread of the narrative over and over. There are multiple possibilities and one needs to understand stochastic processes or something in order to keep up with Morse's and Lewis's reasoning. It reminded me of classes in probability theory. I quit when I ran into stochastic chains.

Can anyone follow the goings on? Does EVERYONE know what's happening except me? Am I alone in the world in finding a plot like this so confusing that even the final explanation leaves me gaping at the screen? I'd like to give this a higher recommendation because I thrill at the sight of that blood red Jaguar crunching along the driveways, and it's always neat seeing Morse stretched out on his couch, listening to Maria Callas and boozing it up on single malt scotch. But they've got to do something about those plots.

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