Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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The Day of the Devil 

A sociopathic but clever murderer who believes in the occult escapes from prison and returns to Oxford, and it is up to Morse to stop him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Chief Inspector Morse
... Detective Sergeant Lewis
... John Peter Barrie
... Dr. Esther Martin
Patrick O'Connell ... Jack Vaizey
Anthony Hunt ... Young Porter
... Clough
John Bleasdale ... Desk Sergeant
Aran Bell ... PC Pringle
Richard Graham ... PC Cobbs
... Chief Superintendent Strange
Susan Ellen Flynn ... Waitress
Patrick Drury ... Frank McTeer
... Mack Shaw
... Larry Broomfield


When John Peter Barrie escapes from a maximum security mental institution, the police assign all available resources to finding him. Barrie is a dangerous sex offender known as the Devil's Disciple. Morse is assisted by Barrie's psychiatrist, Dr. Esther Martin. Barrie contacts Morse and they begin a deadly game of cat and mouse. When Morse refuses to play the game Barrie's way, the madman kidnaps a woman and demands that Dr. Martin be held for a future exchange. As the investigation proceeds, Morse believes Barrie has accomplices in the area but after a local cultist is killed, he realizes he has been looking in wrong direction all along. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

13 January 1993 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Near the beginning, when the female doctor is carrying her shopping, the location is Hyde Heath, Buckinghamshire See more »


John Peter Barrie: [Contemptuously from the shadows to the Canon] Did I frighten you, Shaman? It's only a shadow, you fat fool. A parlor trick!
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Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for organ, BWV 565
by Johann Sebastian Bach
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A Lot of Effort by a Psychotic Devil Worshiper
8 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those entertaining stories if one doesn't think too much. A man known as the worst of the worst escapes from a high security mental hospital. He then goes about trying to seek revenge on a man he believes got him arrested. He has raped and killed a number of women and has no conscience. Soon the whole Satanic business is brought into this because this man has associated himself with the devil. There are vast webs of conceit and they are hard to follow at times. I liked the story but the sophisticated efforts made are a bit too much to take seriously. There are numerous events that could have gone awry so easily, just by little miscalculation. Morse and Lewis are their usual fine characters.

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