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The Sins of the Fathers 

The managing director and heir apparent to a venerable family-owned brewery in dire financial straits is found drowned in a vat of his own ale.

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Andy Bradford ...
Trevor Radford
Trevor Martin ...
Alan Sowden
Paul Mooney ...
Pathologist
Simon Slater ...
Norman Weeks
Kamilla Blanche ...
Gail
Jean Ainslie ...
Cleaning Lady
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Helen Radford
Noel Johnson ...
Butler
Isabel Dean ...
Isobel Radford
Paul Shelley ...
Stephen Radford
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Charles Radford
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Victor Preece
Betty Marsden ...
Cynthia Preece
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Storyline

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 garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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10 January 1990 (UK)  »

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Trivia

Isabel Radford says "Accidents will happen, even in the best regulated families." Morse attributes this to Mr. Micawber, while she thinks it was W.C. Fields. Actually, they are both right. W.C. Fields played Mr. Micawber in David Copperfield (1935) and said this line. See more »

Goofs

The radio announcer twice mispronounces the Oxford region of St. Aldates as St. Algates. See more »

Quotes

Victor Preece: [to Morse] When I come out, I'll get you too.
[leaves with constables]
Detective Sergeant Lewis: I shouldn't worry about it, sir. By the time he comes out, you'll be long gone.
Chief Inspector Morse: You're wasted as a copper, Lewis. You should have joined the Diplomatic Service.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References David Copperfield (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

La Traviata
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Composed by Giuseppe Verdi (1853)
Record played at Radford pool, while Morse is changing a tire, and again at his home.
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Lots of Mirrors and Windows.
9 April 2010 | by (Nagoya, Japan) – See all my reviews

A good story with lots of surprises though the director, Peter Hammond, just couldn't stop himself from shooting the character's reflections off of as many mirrors and any other reflect-able items that might be around as possible. But that was not enough, as any pane of glass about also had to be shot through. And one more thing. The back's of John Thaw's ears get top billing in that half of the the back of Morse's head was shot so often during police interviews. Peter Hammond's three "Morses" were definitely the darkest shot episodes in the series -- especially "Service of All the Dead."

I didn't see Colin Dexter's mug in this episode.


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