Rachel James is shot through her kitchen window while having breakfast early one morning. She was having an affair with Dr. Julian Storrs, an Oxford professor who is a candidate for Master of Lonsdale College. When her next door neighbor is also killed however, Morse determines that the shooting of James may have been in error. Morse also suspects that he may have been a blackmailer. Both Storrs an his rival for the Masters position, Denis Cornford had secrets that would make them suspects. Morse determines that several others also had things to hide and any one of them could have committed the murders.
Did You Know?
Internal evidence suggests very strongly that this was originally intended to be the last-ever segment of the long-running "Inspector Morse" series. The question of Morse's retirement (and also that of Chief Superintendent Strange) is raised several times; the episode went out ten years after the series began; viewers finally learn Morse's first name; and, to clinch matters, he finally gets himself a girl-friend who loves him back and doesn't turn out to be a criminal of some sort, or to get murdered. See more
When Miss James' neighbour says she saw a man out back while she was putting the ashes out, none of the houses shown in the long shots have a chimney so would not have any ashes to put out. See more
[Geoffrey Owens suggests that Morse should question his neighbours about the murder of Rachel James
Chief Inspector Morse
Thank you, sir. It would never have occurred to me to question the neighbours.
Featured in Richard Briers: A Tribute
Non so più
(from "Le nozze di Figaro")
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(as W.A. Mozart)
Sung by Nina Tilbury See more