Inspector Morse – tape 2256

And the ITV hits keep on coming. Today, it’s the turn of Inspector Morse. This episode is The Daughters of Cain.

In many ways this is very typical Morse. An Oxford professor is found dead in his office, and attractive women suspects flutter their eyelashes at Morse and he goes all gooey. Morse really was a Colin Dexter avatar, wasn’t he?

This is, as usual for Morse, a low-key story. A don is murdered, and the prime suspect is his former cleaner, a wife-beating, angry man played by Tony Haygarth. But the women of the family, along with their friend, a schoolteacher with a terminal illness, plot to kill him.

It has a strangely downbeat ending, too, as the case is sort of solved, but never gets to court. Lewis is angry about this, despite assurances from his superior, Grout, that it might lead to his promotion.

Morse is acerbic when it’s suggested that the abused wife should be tried as an accomplice: “Her solicitor would get Helena Kennedy or another of those women lawyers.”

After this, there’s just time to see the headlines on News at Ten before the recording stops.


  • Now 35
  • Advil
  • Entenmann’s
  • Tiny Computers
  • Daily Mirror
  • Boots
  • Sense & Sensibility on video – WH Smith
  • canon Sure Shot
  • De Beers
  • trail: Moll Flanders
  • Vauxhall Vectra
  • BP/Mobil
  • Epson
  • Persil
  • Tandy
  • Ferrero Rocher
  • Cadbury’s Darkness
  • Ariel
  • Lenor
  • British Midland
  • Bentalls
  • trail: Network First: The Widow, The Terrorist and the SAS
  • One2One
  • Microsoft
  • Sun
  • House of Fraser
  • The Best Opera Album in the World Ever
  • Safeway
  • One2One
  • courvoisier – Gerard Depardieu
  • IBM
  • Andersen Consulting
  • orange
  • Daily Mirror
  • Boursin
  • Ford Mondeo
  • trail: Billy Bathgate
  • Argos
  • HP Deskjet 693C
  • Solpaflex
  • Beecham’s All In One
  • Tilda Madhur Jaffrey sauces
  • BT
  • Boots
  • trail: Hillsborough

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