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The Sins of the Fathers 

The managing director and heir apparent to a venerable family-owned brewery in dire financial straits is found drowned in a vat of his own ale.

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... Chief Inspector Morse
... Detective Sergeant Lewis
... Trevor Radford
Trevor Martin ... Alan Sowden
Paul Mooney ... Pathologist
Simon Slater ... Norman Weeks
Kamilla Blanche ... Gail
Jean Ainslie ... Cleaning Lady
... Helen Radford
Noel Johnson ... Butler
... Isobel Radford
Paul Shelley ... Stephen Radford
... Charles Radford
... Victor Preece
Betty Marsden ... Cynthia Preece
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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. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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10 January 1990 (UK)  »

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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 »

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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 »

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Detective Sergeant Lewis: [Final lines] Fancy a pint, sir?
Chief Inspector Morse: [after a pause] You know, Lewis, I'm not absolutely sure I do.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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References David Copperfield (1935) See more »

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La Traviata
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Composed by Giuseppe Verdi (1853)
Record played at Radford pool, while Morse is changing a tire, and again at his home.
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While this is my least favourite from the 4th series, it is definitely well worth watching!
4 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

I have said a lot of times, that Inspector Morse is just a gem of a drama series, with superb performances, not only from the leads John Thaw and Kevin Whately but also from the supporting actors, wonderful music and excellent scripting. As I have already said, I really like Sins of the Fathers, but it is my least favourite out of the episodes from the 4th series. While not as haunting as Driven To Distraction, as exciting as Masonic Mysteries or as outstanding as the Infernal Serpent, there is so much that redeems it. The performances are wonderful, particularly Thaw and Whately who never disappoint, and some standout performances from the likes of Lionel Jeffries, Alex Jennings, Isabel Dean and of course Lisa Harrow. The music is excellent as always, and the plot while sometimes unexciting is still very clever and well explained. The dialogue is also inspired, especially the line "Don't worry sir, by the time he's out you'll be long gone." The camera-work as usual is beautiful, so overall, a very good episode, not the best, but well worth the watch. 9/10 Bethany Cox.


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