Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Second Time Around 

Morse links the killing of a Deputy Assistant Commissioner on the night of his retirement to the 18 year old cold case murder of an 8 year old girl.


Adrian Shergold


Colin Dexter (characters), Daniel Boyle (as Daniel Boyle)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Jenny Laird ... Mrs. Keelan
Oliver Ford Davies ... Frederick Redpath
Kenneth Colley ... Detective Chief Inspector Patrick Dawson
James Grout ... Chief Superintendent Strange
Maurice Bush Maurice Bush ... Charlie Hillian
Ann Bell ... Catherine Dawson
Mark Draper Mark Draper ... Angry Policeman
Simon Adams Simon Adams ... Incontinent Policeman
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ... Mrs. Mitchell
Christopher Eccleston ... Terrence Mitchell
Peter Waddington ... Pathologist
Liz Kettle Liz Kettle ... WPC
David Baukham David Baukham ... Desk Sergeant (as David Bauckham)


Deputy Assistant Commissioner Charlie Hillian is killed on the night of his retirement party. Hillian was at one time a senior officer in Oxford and was in fact Morse's boss. He was also writing a book about his most memorable cases, including one about the unsolved death of an 8-year-old girl some 18 years ago. The suspect in that case, Frederick Redpath, was at Hillian's house the day he died and that chapter from the manuscript is missing. There are other suspects however, including Hillian's ghost writer who will now receive all of the book's royalties; a handyman who was working on the property; and Redpath's daughter, who knew the little girl who was killed all those years before. Morse comes into conflict with with a colleague DCI Dawson, who was one of Hillian's protégés, as they again look into the little girl's death. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

20 February 1991 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The operatic aria heard at points throughout this episode is "Senza Mamma", sung by Janis Kelly, from 'Suor Angelica' by Giacomo Puccini See more »


When the constable discovers that Redpath has tried to commit suicide he drops a tray of food he is holding, in long shot it flips over but in close-up it lands the proper way up. See more »


Chief Inspector Morse: We're not exactly bosom friends, and I don't like the idea of not being trusted to do my job.
Catherine Dawson: Oh no. No, no, you'd be wrong to believe that, Inspector; I mean, Patrick thinks your a very good detective. Poor policeman and a very good detective.
Chief Inspector Morse: [laughs] Really?
Catherine Dawson: [Before sipping her wine] O-o-oh.
Chief Inspector Morse: Well, I suppose, half a compliment is better than none.
Catherine Dawson: Yes.
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References An Inspector Calls (1954) See more »


Senza Mama
from "Suor Angelics" (uncredited
Composed by Giacomo Puccini (1918)
Recording played by Morse several times.
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Remarkably Sustained Suspense
23 February 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

When a master detective dies in his living room, Morse feels his death intensely. It seems they were trained at the same place and had great respect for one another. In the process of investigation, an old case, involving the death of an eight year old girl, brings a bulldog investigator back on the prowl. This man is incredibly smug and resentful of Morse. He hates the laws restricting what one can do to a witness to get at the truth. Soon a list of people who could be helpful, including the man who was convicted outside of court by the public, are arranged and questioned. Well done piece to say the least.

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