Inspector Morse: Season 9, Episode 1

The Daughters of Cain (27 Nov. 1996)

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An Oxford professor and fund raiser is stabbed to death at home with a weapon that is yet to be stolen from a university museum.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Brooks
Julia Stevens
Bernard Brown ...
Dr. Felix McClure
Jasper Jacob ...
Michael Mansell
Ted Brooks
Shane Hickmott ...
Kevin Costyn
James Grout ...
Angela Catherall ...
Mrs. Barnett
Jane Cotterell
Josephine Clarke ...


Felix McClure, an Oxford University professor, is stabbed to death in his college study. Not only was he an expert in his field but he was one of the University's key fund-raisers. The investigation focuses on Brooks, a one-time cleaner for McClure who quit his college job abruptly after a student, Mathew Rodway, jumped out of a college window high on drugs. When Morse learns that Brooks' daughter was the object of affection for both Rodway and another student, he has another possible suspect. Brooks' wife also worked for one of McClure's friends and Morse uncovers a conspiracy that he may not be able to prove. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






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27 November 1996 (UK)  »

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[in the Pitt Rivers Museum]
Chief Inspector Morse: Is this stuff valuable?
Jane Cotterell: Some of it, very. But of course all the most valuable artifacts are checked regularly.
Chief Inspector Morse: And which are they?
Jane Cotterell: Well the most popular - the things people most want to pinch - are the shrunken heads.
Chief Inspector Morse: [chuckles] I know plenty of people with shrunken *brains*!
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Brilliantly crafted episode, that is fairly faithful to the source material!
7 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The book Daughters of Cain is a very good read, and what this episode managed to do was not only being fairly faithful to the book, but also brilliantly crafted on its own merits. I know they changed a couple of things here and there, but none of the Morse episodes are completely faithful to the books, and I assure you that is not always a bad thing. I thought there was beautiful camera-work, and wonderful close up shots of the city Oxford. The script was of high calibre, as was the direction. The acting was first rate, the obvious standouts being John Thaw and Kevin Whately, but also Tony Haygarth as the brutish husband, Gabrielle Lloyd as his timid wife and Phillis Logan as the terminally ill schoolteacher. Also nice to see Claire Holman as Dr Hobson, bringing some humorous wit to the proceedings. The plot is well told and fairly complicated. Not the most complex episode ever, but a very emphatic and well acted episode. 10/10 Bethany Cox.

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