Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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The Daughters of Cain 

An Oxford professor and fund raiser is stabbed to death at home with a weapon that is yet to be stolen from a university museum.


Herbert Wise


Colin Dexter (novel), Julian Mitchell




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Gabrielle Lloyd ... Brenda Brooks
Phyllis Logan ... Julia Stevens
Bernard Brown ... Dr. Felix McClure
Jasper Jacob Jasper Jacob ... Michael Mansell
Benjamin Whitrow ... Brownlee
Tony Haygarth ... Ted Brooks
Shane Hickmott Shane Hickmott ... Kevin Costyn
Clare Holman ... Dr. Laura Hobson
James Grout ... Chief Superintendent Strange
Angela Catherall Angela Catherall ... Mrs. Barnett
Dominic Brunt ... Detective
Lynn Farleigh ... Jane Cotterell
Josephine Clarke Josephine Clarke ... Nurse


Felix McClure, an Oxford University professor, is stabbed to death in his college study. Not only was he an expert in his field but he was one of the University's key fund-raisers. The investigation focuses on Brooks, a one-time cleaner for McClure who quit his college job abruptly after a student, Mathew Rodway, jumped out of a college window high on drugs. When Morse learns that Brooks' daughter was the object of affection for both Rodway and another student, he has another possible suspect. Brooks' wife also worked for one of McClure's friends and Morse uncovers a conspiracy that he may not be able to prove. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






English | German

Release Date:

27 November 1996 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Morse checks his hair in the wing mirror of his car before meeting Ms Bach. As someone who takes his motoring seriously he would have had the mirror properly adjusted, thus he would not have been able to see his reflection while outside the car. See more »


[in the Pitt Rivers Museum]
Chief Inspector Morse: Is this stuff valuable?
Jane Cotterell: Some of it, very. But of course all the most valuable artifacts are checked regularly.
Chief Inspector Morse: And which are they?
Jane Cotterell: Well the most popular - the things people most want to pinch - are the shrunken heads.
Chief Inspector Morse: [chuckles] I know plenty of people with shrunken *brains*!
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La Traviata
(opening bars) (uncredited)
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Played at the beginning and repeated throughout the episode
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Cain's Daughter's what's this about?
5 October 2013 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

Too much anger and shouting in this episode. Brenda Brooks is married to Ted who physically abuses her. Her friend Mrs Stevens knows of the abuse.

Morse is on the phone talking with someone. He is mad that a college that needs funds is calling up their former members with "Christian names" for a financial donation. He thinks the college is "selling themselves". His voice portrays the anger about using "Christian names" and who knows what it means accept some don't have "Christian names".

In this episode two murderers die and one is murdered. Two people know about a murder that was never reported, a professor at the college. Morse tells Lewis reasons why they might get off the hook if he charges them with withholding evidence because one is a abused woman and a jury would understand why she kept quiet. Morse acts like he takes a stand but he is a wimp. There are so many corrupt characters in this story who never think they are doing anything wrong and Morse seems to go along with this. It seems to me the "Morse" character is corrupt and when Lewis tries to bring out things Lewis ends up wimping out as well. Morse goes to the funeral of one of the murderers with flowers. The bad people are pitied and given sympathy. How sick is this.

In previous episodes those who were violent and killed many people ended up killing themselves. This series shows that if you kill someone and you have a good reason, Morse does not arrest you they kill themselves before or in front of him. That is the kind of justice written into this series for a inspector who drinks, fancies every woman he sees, thinks he is always right, made to be smart to the viewer because he loves classical music and can quote poetry and went to college. The writer wants to make Morse out to be an intellectual who can hang out with rich people because he went to college.

To me the stories are interesting but the plots endings are stupid. The series is about crime, rich people, college and cops that cannot see what a crime is because they are too involved with their own thoughts on what justice is.

Colin Dexter the writer is so anti-Christian. Right from the beginning in this episode. He uses Biblical characters as a title to put down religion and Christianity in a negative way in many of his stories. He does not know evil from good.

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