A bullying, controlling womanizer who also blackmails his conquests is found garroted in his car in a garage deck.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Hillwood ...
Mel Martin ...
Rosemary Henderson
Fran Pierce
Andrew Wilde ...
Edward Manley
Philip McGough ...
Brian Pierce
George Irving ...
George Henderson
Susan Kyd ...
Kate Lansbury ...
Mrs. Cameron
Tom Radcliffe ...
Ray Miles
Pamela Miles ...
Amy Morris
Brian Poyser ...
Inspector Cyril Dewar
Ivor Roberts ...
Mr. Waugh


Morse and Lewis investigate the death of Michael Gifford a successful architect who was strangled while sitting in his vehicle in a multi-level car park. As they look into his background, they find he was an egotist who had affairs with several women and had employees who are either indifferent to or devastated at his death. There are several suspects including Brian Pierce, who was re-directing company funds for his own use, Rosemary Henderson, with whom he was having an affair and her husband George who is dying of liver failure. In the end, Morse uncovers a clever deception that finally puts them on the path to identifying the killer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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25 January 1989 (UK)  »

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The phone call which Rosemary receives at the beginning of the episode, in which she is told she is a 'selfless, thankless b****h', seems to be taken from a letter (with almost identical text) received by Margaret Bowman in Colin Dexter's The Secret of Annexe 3. This is itself a story concerning an adulterous wife, a blackmailing lover and a dead husband (the 'Secret of' tag is perhaps also more than just a coincidence) See more »


Brian Pierce takes a cord from a painting. When next seen he has hung himself but the cord shown hanging from the ceiling and around his neck is much longer than the cord from the painting. There are no knots in it where more than one cord has been joined together. See more »


[first lines]
Rosemary Henderson: [answers telephone] Yes?
George Henderson: Don't go, tonight. I beg you, Rosemary, please. Don't go.
Rosemary Henderson: You are drinking again.
George Henderson: Don't go, Rosemary. I'll come home.
George Henderson: Please.
[Rosemary hangs up]
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Written by Richard Wagner (b.1813)
Morse listens to it.
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Very good, but not as good as the other three episodes in the series!
2 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The obvious main merit of Secret of Bay 5B is the fine portrayals of Morse and Lewis by John Thaw and Kevin Whately. This episode is certainly a very good one, but I don't think it is as good as Ghost in the Machine, Last Enemy or Deceived By Flight. Thaw and Whately are competently aided by a fresh, well-written script and able direction. There is also some excellent camera work, not to mention the beautiful music, and Morse and Dr Russell get a little closer. Amanda Hillwood is as lovely as ever as Dr Russell, and Mel Martin is also impressive as Rosemary Henderson. The well-structured story, about a man found strangled in his car, also shows an alcoholic husband, art forgeries and love affairs, and has all the things that make a typical Morse episode memorable. My only criticism is that the episode does start off a little slower than usual, but other than that I really liked secret Of Bay 5B. 9/10 Bethany Cox.

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