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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick O'Connell ...
Jack Vaizey
Anthony Hunt ...
Young Porter
John Bleasdale ...
Desk Sergeant
Aran Bell ...
PC Pringle
PC Cobbs
Chief Superintendent Strange
Susan Ellen Flynn ...
Patrick Drury ...
Frank McTeer
Larry Broomfield


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





Release Date:

13 January 1993 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


On one level, it's a battle of wits between two devotees of cryptic crosswords: Barrie with The Daily Telegraph and Morse with The Times. See more »


John Peter Barrie: [Contemptuously to the Canon as he plays the church organ] You play like a man with ten thumbs, Priest!
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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 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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