Trevor Radford, Managing Director of the family's Radford Breweries, is found murdered in the brewery. He had been working late one evening mounting a defense against an unwelcome takeover attempt from a rival brewery. There appears to be some disagreement in the family as to whether they should sell out. His brother Stephen, an entrepreneur in his own right, thought the time had come to rid themselves of a losing proposition but their father would like to maintain the family tradition that now spans 150 years. Morse and Lewis learn that Trevor's wife was having an affair with Stephen, so there is always the possibility that there this is a crime of passion rather than greed. They also learn of a long ago claim against the business' assets.
Did You Know?
Upon finding Trevor's body in the mash vat, Morse makes a remark about "Clarence". That's almost certainly an obscure reference to the middle brother of Edward IV and Richard III, Clarence. He was famously found dead, "drowned in a butt of Malmsey" as legend has it. Legend further has it that Richard killed him (or had him killed) to help pave the way for his ascent to the crown, once Edward died and after the Princes in the Tower were dispensed with. See more
As an alibi one of the characters says he was working on The Flying Scotsman (a model of it on his railway) and trying to decide whether to take the train up the coastal route via West Hartlepool to Newcastle or stick with the inland route through Bishop Auckland. The inland route however does not go through Bishop Auckland, it (the main east coast line) goes via York through Darlington then to Durham to Newcastle. Bishop Auckland was/is simply a branch-line leading to the wear valley and east-gate quarry, Stanhope etc. and alternatively a branch-line also up to Barnard Castle, Brough etc but no line direct from Bishop Auckland to Newcastle that flying Scotsman could use. See more
Detective Sergeant Lewis
Fancy a pint, sir?
Chief Inspector Morse
[after a pause
You know, Lewis, I'm not absolutely sure I do.
The episode credits erroneously state that the series is, "Based on the characters created by ALAN Dexter." The original books were written by COLIN Dexter. See more
References David Copperfield
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Record played at Radford pool, while Morse is changing a tire, and again at his home. See more