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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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Trevor Radford
Trevor Martin ...
Alan Sowden
Paul Mooney ...
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Norman Weeks
Kamilla Blanche ...
Gail
Jean Ainslie ...
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Helen Radford
Noel Johnson ...
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Isobel Radford
Paul Shelley ...
Stephen Radford
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Charles Radford
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Betty Marsden ...
Cynthia Preece
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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

When Isabel Radford says "Must the evil that men do live on, or can it remain our secret?" she is alluding to Mark Anthony's funeral speech for Caesar in Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar (Act 3 Scene 2): "The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones." See more »

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As an alibi one of the characters says he was working on The Flying Scotsman (a model of it on his railway) and trying to decide whether to take the train up the coastal route via West Hartlepool to Newcastle or stick with the inland route through Bishop Auckland. The inland route however does not go through Bishop Auckland, it (the main east coast line) goes via York through Darlington then to Durham to Newcastle. Bishop Auckland was/is simply a branch-line leading to the wear valley and east-gate quarry, Stanhope etc. and alternatively a branch-line also up to Barnard Castle, Brough etc but no line direct from Bishop Auckland to Newcastle that flying Scotsman could use. See more »

Quotes

Detective Sergeant Lewis: [to Morse] You should have seen the papers! They have half the Amazon Rain Forest there!
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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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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 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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