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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Upon finding Trevor's body in the mash vat, Morse makes a remark about "Clarence". That's almost certainly an obscure reference to the middle brother of Edward IV and Richard III, Clarence. He was famously found dead, "drowned in a butt of Malmsey" as legend has it. Legend further has it that Richard killed him (or had him killed) to help pave the way for his ascent to the crown, once Edward died and after the Princes in the Tower were dispensed with. See more
The radio announcer twice mispronounces the Oxford region of St. Aldates as St. Algates. See more
Detective Sergeant Lewis
You're not going to believe this, Sir - we have to visit a brewery!
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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Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Record played at Radford pool, while Morse is changing a tire, and again at his home. See more