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When a body is found in a marshland outside of Oxford, everyone assumes they're the remains of Oxford botanist Matthew Laxman, who disappeared near the site five years earlier.


Jim Loach


Colin Dexter (characters), Russell Lewis (written and devised by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Mann Alex Mann ... Dr. Matthew Laxman
Simon Meacock ... Nigel Warren
Sheila Hancock ... Dowsable Chattox
Sara Vickers ... Joan Thursday
Roger Allam ... DI Fred Thursday
Caroline O'Neill ... Win Thursday
Shaun Evans ... DC Endeavour Morse
Anton Lesser ... Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright
Sean Rigby ... DS Jim Strange
Dakota Blue Richards ... WPC Shirley Trewlove
James Bradshaw ... Dr. Max DeBryn
Natalie Burt ... Alison Laxman
Michael Pennington ... Professor Donald Bagley
Joanna Horton Joanna Horton ... Selina Berger
Jane Whittenshaw Jane Whittenshaw ... Morag Morrison


The discovery of a body on an archaeological dig sends Morse to the village of Bramford, where botanist Matthew Laxman disappeared five years earlier and where pagan customs are upheld for the forthcoming Autumn equinox. All the locals, including reclusive clairvoyant Dowsable Chattox, deny seeing Laxton until Selina Berger, sister of a local GP and living in the village with her brother, tells Morse she recalls seeing the missing man's car near the establishment . Whilst its director Elliot Blake assures Morse that it poses no danger it is not a welcome presence in the village, the proposed site of a new reservoir. Morse believes the locals are lying when Laxman's jacket is found on a scarecrow and Dowsable and others admit that he came to Brampton and to the power station. As the celebrations begin Morse and Thursday rush to the station to prevent an aggrieved avenger destroying the whole area before unmasking Laxman's killer. Thursday's bravery is rewarded though he is less than ... Written by don @ minifie-1, ed. mde176

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10 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


John Thaw had an uncredited role in "The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner", the film that the doctor's sister Selina saw in 1962. See more »


When Fred and Win are in the car on their way for the presentation of his George Medal they look out at Buckingham Palace. The Union Flag is flying from the Palace however this only began in 1997. Also the Medal was presented by The Queen and since she was in residence the Royal Standard should be flying. See more »


Dr. Max DeBryn: [asked for "time of death" for the newly-discovered corpse] Two thousand years ago.
DS Jim Strange: [surprised] Two thousand years?
Dr. Max DeBryn: Yes. Give or take a couple of hundred years.
DS Jim Strange: We'll have trouble notifying next of kin.
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Crazy Credits

The red letters in the credits spell the name ALAN SILLITOE, author of "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner." Selina Berger refers to the film version of the story ("the one about the borstal boy who becomes a runner") when being questioned. See more »


References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »


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Main Theme by Barrington Pheloung
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Why Can't He Say It? Still Stuck in the Past?
31 January 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is the end of Season 4. The case of a missing man, presumed murdered, takes Morse and Thursday to a strange, primitive town, that is in the shadow of a new nuclear power plant. There are so many roadblocks along the way. There are rituals being performed by these people, some of whom are living thousands of years in the past. Meanwhile, Thursday decides to find Joan. It isn't pretty. This eventually leads to Morse having to deal with his feelings for her. There is an interesting conclusion which begs us to watch Season 5.

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