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 »


[the pathologist has just given Morse a post-mortem report including some rather glib descriptions]
Chief Inspector Morse: [sarcastically] "Lights-out"? "Whammo"? Are those medical terms, doctor?
Pathologist: I prefer to keep things simple, Chief Inspector. Especially when dealing with policemen.
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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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Beautiful in every aspect!
6 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Second Time Around, I found a truly beautiful episode, that was somewhat nostalgic and even poignant at times. The camera-work is gorgeous, and the episode is further appealed by an intelligent script and superlative performances from the late great John Thaw and Kevin Whately. The cast also boasts fine performances from Kenneth Colley as Dawson, James Grout as Strange, Oliver Ford-Davies as Redpath and Ann Bell as Mrs Dawson. But for me, the star of the show is Christopher Eccelston as Terrence Mitchell, this is possibly the first time in a Morse episode I felt sorry for the murderer. The fact that he didn't mean to kill either of his victims, as he was mainly traumatised by his father's disappearance, made it even sadder and Eccelston captured that perfectly. Adding weight to the more emotional scenes is the beautiful music, especially Puccini's Suor Angelica sung by Janis Kelly, that was wholly appropriate for an overall moving episode. Just beautiful in every aspect, 10/10. Bethany Cox.

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