An Oxford professor, also an amateur astronomer and recently renewed churchgoer, is found dead in the school observatory under suspicious circumstances.



(inspired by the Inspector Morse novels of), (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr Ella Ransome
Isobel Crompton
Sir Arnold Raeburn
Ruby Thomas ...
Kate Cameron
Gwen Raeburn
Malcolm Finniston
Jonathan Cullen ...
Father Francis
Babs Temple
Jez Haydock (as Andrew Hawyley)
Bernard Lloyd ...
Ted Temple


Professor Andrew Crompton, an amateur astronomer, is found dead in the university observatory after visiting a priest for confession. A note-book belonging to student Jez Haydock is found by the body and Jez's tutor, Gwen Raeburn, is quick to go through the dead man's belongings. The widow believed her husband was having an affair and obsequious porter Roger Temple names Ella Ransome, a G.P., as the other woman - and then she too is killed. Roger proves to be a manipulator though not a murderer but his father knows the identity of the killer. He's a retired porter, now in a home where he is regarded as senile and deluded but Lewis needs his help to get to the truth. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

12 September 2010 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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DI Robert Lewis: [to Jez] All right, that's all for now. The next time we ask a question, which we will, take a tip and don't lie.
DS James Hathaway: [to Jez as he walks away] Nice t-shirt.
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Mars, Jupiter and Saturn from The Planet Suite for Large Orchestra Opus 32
Composed by Gustav Holst (1918)
Performed by The Billimore Ensemble
Arranged and Conducted by Matthew Slater
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Another murder in an Oxford college
11 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When the master of an Oxford college is found dead at the the foot of the stairs in the observatory it is initially thought to be an accident but signs of a struggle lead Lewis and Hathaway to suspect foul play. As the investigation proceeds we get several suspects with differing motives; old affairs are exposed, students and staff are victims of blackmail and a devout Catholic student learns that his girl friend has had an abortion. Lewis and Hathaway must sift though the various motives and red herrings to eventually find the killer.

As always the regular cast did a good job as did Warren Clarke as the obsequious head porter. When the killer was revealed I was surprised as I had several suspects higher up my list although there were clues to suggest that they may have had a believable motive.

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