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
Did You Know?
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
[the pathologist has just given Morse a post-mortem report including some rather glib descriptions
Chief Inspector Morse
"Lights-out"? "Whammo"? Are those medical terms, doctor?
I prefer to keep things simple, Chief Inspector. Especially when dealing with policemen.
References An Inspector Calls
from "Suor Angelics" (uncredited
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Recording played by Morse several times. See more