Trevor Radford, Managing Director of the family's Radford Breweries, is found murdered in the brewery. He had been working late one evening mounting a defense against an unwelcome takeover attempt from a rival brewery. There appears to be some disagreement in the family as to whether they should sell out. His brother Stephen, an entrepreneur in his own right, thought the time had come to rid themselves of a losing proposition but their father would like to maintain the family tradition that now spans 150 years. Morse and Lewis learn that Trevor's wife was having an affair with Stephen, so there is always the possibility that there this is a crime of passion rather than greed. They also learn of a long ago claim against the business' assets. Written by
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When Lewis says "The last will be first, and the first will be last," he is quoting the Gospel according to St. Matthew (chapter 20, verse 16), although he probably doesn't know it. He may also be paraphrasing Bob Dylan from his 1964 song "The Times They Are A-Changin'" where he says:" and the first one now will later be last". See more
The radio announcer twice mispronounces the Oxford region of St. Aldates as St. Algates. See more
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The episode credits erroneously state that the series is, "Based on the characters created by ALAN Dexter." The original books were written by COLIN Dexter. See more
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Record played at Radford pool, while Morse is changing a tire, and again at his home. See more