Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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The Day of the Devil 

A sociopathic but clever murderer who believes in the occult escapes from prison and returns to Oxford, and it is up to Morse to stop him.

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John Peter Barrie
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Dr. Esther Martin
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Jack Vaizey
Anthony Hunt ...
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Clough
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Patrick Drury ...
Frank McTeer
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Mack Shaw
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Larry Broomfield
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When John Peter Barrie escapes from a maximum security mental institution, the police assign all available resources to finding him. Barrie is a dangerous sex offender known as the Devil's Disciple. Morse is assisted by Barrie's psychiatrist, Dr. Esther Martin. Barrie contacts Morse and they begin a deadly game of cat and mouse. When Morse refuses to play the game Barrie's way, the madman kidnaps a woman and demands that Dr. Martin be held for a future exchange. As the investigation proceeds, Morse believes Barrie has accomplices in the area but after a local cultist is killed, he realizes he has been looking in wrong direction all along. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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13 January 1993 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Near the beginning, when the female doctor is carrying her shopping, the location is Hyde Heath, Buckinghamshire See more »

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[Morse wonders whether Dr Martin would have killed Barrie if the police hadn't intervened. She holds up a ring which belonged to one of his other rape victims]
Dr. Esther Martin: When you find the owner of this ring, tell her what I did. You'll find the answer to your question there.
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Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for organ, BWV 565
by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Quite terrifying, and a masterful episode to a brilliant detective series!
7 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My all-time favourite episode has always been Masonic Mysteries, but Day of the Devil is so brilliant, it almost surpasses it in terms of tension, suspense and terror. This time, Morse and Lewis hunt for a psychotic escapist, who challenges them to a cat-and-mouse game that could end in deadly consequences. John Thaw and Kevin Whately are both excellent, but they are out shadowed by an outstanding performance from Keith Allen as John Peter Barrie, a performance that riddles with terror and tension. The scene when he dressed up as the devil was so terrifying, I was beginning to wonder, whether the fright on the supporting characters' faces was actually genuine. The music, script and camera-work are all brilliant. The performances from Harriet Walter, Richard Griffiths, Gilly Coman and James Grout are all impressive, but at the end of the day, it is Allen that walks away with the acting honours. Outstanding! 10/10 Bethany Cox.


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