A housewife found choked to death in her own house marks the third strangling in a month, setting Oxford City Police on edge.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Thomas ...
Rufus Haldane
Gloria Deeks
Cécile Paoli ...
Luisa Armstrong
Joe Bannister ...
Alan Burridge
Joey Lisk
Norman Parkis
Paul Lacoux ...
Mr. Jellicoe


When Vivienne Haldane is found murdered in her house she becomes the third victim of a serial killer who strangles married women with a silk stocking and removes their wedding rings after death - though the women are unknown to each other. Separated from her husband Mrs Haldane had a secret lover, referred to in her diary as 'X' and, like one of the other victims, she was seen getting into a green car. The stockings are a unique brand, Le Minou Noir, and have only one retail outlet in Oxford, Burridges department store. Here Thursday is shocked to find that widowed Italian saleslady Luisa Armstrong is a former partisan he met in the war but believed to be dead. Morse interviews the stockings' supplier, shifty Joey Lisk, who had tried to come on to Gloria Deeks, a prisoner's wife and assistant at the store, where she has many admirers. With the discovery of a fourth corpse evidence seems to point to Lisk but when simple store-man Norman, who worshipped Gloria, is also slain, it becomes... Written by don @ minifie-1

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13 July 2014 (USA)  »

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Joey Lisk is clearly an admirer of the title character in "Alfie" (1966), portrayed by Michael Caine. In the opening montage, he is seen buying a blazer similar to one Alfie wears in the film while spouting Alfie-esque opinions to himself in the glass. Lisk also sports spectacles similar to Alfie's. See more »


When Endeavour looks in Joey Lisk's address book he sees an entry for Luisa Armstrong. The address given is 42 Clind Close; but when he goes to visit Luisa the number on her front door is No. 9. See more »


[first lines]
Rufus Haldane: The Greeks called it 'apeiros'. Anaximander of Miletus termed it 'apeiron'. But we generally take it to mean the same thing, which is to say... endless.
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References Alfie (1966) See more »


Adagio in G Minor
Composed by Tomaso Albinoni and Remo Giazotto
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The Oxford Strangler
13 April 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When a housewife is found strangled it is the third such crime to strike Oxford; it was initially thought the first two killing were unconnected but Morse is convinced that all three killing were carried out by the same man; the modus operandi may have changed slightly but the killer always takes his victim's wedding ring. The change was that the third victim was strangled with a pair of silk stocking; this leads the police to a local store and its supplier; a man who fancies himself as a lady's man. Away from the case Thursday meets a woman he thought had been killed during the war which brings back painful memories for both of them and Morse gets closer to neighbour Monica.

This was another decent mystery; while the police didn't have a huge number of suspects there were hints towards secondary characters that kept the audience guessing; how was the blind piano tuner we kept seeing connected to the case and was there any relevance to the shop worker's lost poppy? The chief suspect was suitably unlikeable… he clearly thought he was Michael Caine's 'Alfie'. The final resolution to the case was, as is so often the case in such stories, somebody who wasn't that obvious… it would be quite a surprise if just once the chief suspect did it! The subplot involving Thursday and his old flame was rather poignant and it was nice to see Morse having a bit of luck with a lady for once.

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