Morse and Lewis investigate the murder of Harry Josephs, a warden at St. Oswald's church who is found dead immediately after a church service. The initial focus is on a tramp who attended the service but the autopsy reveals that Josephs died of an overdose of morphine. When others who attended the same service are killed - including the vicar Lionel Pawlin, the church organist Paul Morris, his 12 year old son and Harry Josephs' wife Brenda - Morse suspect that everyone who attended that particular service is in danger. However, the solution to the case revolves around deceit and mistaken identity. Written by
Did You Know?
Gina McKee has a tiny role here as the betting shop clerk but she went on to have a big role in the Lewis episode "Old School Ties" playing Lewis' old flame Diane Turnbull. See more
The word "defence" is spelt the American way with an 's' (defense) during the closing credits. See more
[quoting the motto of St Augustine of Hippo
"Give me chastity and continence, O Lord - but not yet". That was his unregenerate motto.