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  • The End of Law

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    S 6 : Ep 1 - 4/25/01

    A man staying in a London hotel finds the dead body of a Hungarian woman in his room. He is charged with killing her and later found guilty. The man's daughter mounts an appeal, and her solicitor wants Kavanagh to take the case - but Kavanagh has been invited to become a judge, so he has to decide what to do about it.moreless
  • The Remorseful Day

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    S 7 : Ep 8 - 11/15/00

    After a year of baffled failure, the Thames Valley Police Force's investigation into the murder of Yvonne Harrison in a quiet Cotswold village is sparked into life by an anonymous letter which gives new information. Morse, who has been off sick, is under doctor's orders to cut back on his drinking or face the consequences, but few people realize just how bad the state of his health is when he comes back to active service. Of course, Morse takes the view we would expect from him about Lewis heading the murder investigation. As always, Morse ignores his doctor's orders, and he soon collapses and finds himself in hospital, near death - and still agonizing over his last case. Morse's final order to Lewis is to send him away from his bed-side to follow the final clue which will crack the case. It seems odd for Strange, Morse's old antagonist, to be with him when he dies, and not Lewis - but Strange rises to the occasion.moreless
  • Time of Need

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    S 5 : Ep 3 - 3/22/99

    A junior minister at the Home Office decides to bring a case of malicious prosecution after she is cleared of indecent assault on a juvenile. But Kavanagh discovers that the truth is more extraordinary than he could ever have imagined and we will find out what really happen.moreless
  • The More Loving One

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    S 5 : Ep 2 - 3/15/99

    Michael Woodley and Annie Fisk, two young lovers, have fled to London from the stifling, middle-class rural community where they were brought up, and where Michael, found guilty of setting fire to a doctor's surgery, was given a suspended sentence. Annie is doing her best to beat a drug problem with Michael's help and support, but one day when Michael returns to their flat, he discovers that she is using drugs again. His patience snaps and he storms out of the house, noticed by a district nurse visiting the couple's elderly neighbour. Soon after a loud explosion at the lovers' flat leaves Michael numb with shock and he tells the nurse and police that he killed Annie. Charged with murder, Michael is defended by Kavanagh, who is baffled by the boy's reluctance to explain what happened and by the emotional frigidity of his parents. A second pathologist's report reveals Annie was pregnant when she died. Kavanagh's dilemma is should he tell his client and further burden him with guilt, or keep the revelation to himself?moreless
  • Previous Convictions

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    S 5 : Ep 1 - 3/8/99

    RAF mechanic Nicholas Coveney has discovered that his lover Charlotte Sinclair is having an affair with another man, Francois Baudin. Preoccupied by this news, he is negligent in servicing a jet, which consequently crashes soon after take-off at a nearby moto-cross event in which Kavanagh's son Matt is taking part. The plane's two crewman and a number of spectators are killed. When Coveney discovers technical drawings and plans of the base at Charlotte's flat, he realises that he has simply been used to further Charlotte and Francois' political ends. When Charlotte is charged with murder and theft, Kavanagh agrees to defend a woman who is arguably the most hated in the country, despite the heartfelt protests of his grieving son.moreless
  • The Wench Is Dead

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    S 7 : Ep 7 - 11/11/98

    Morse collapses during a conference on Victorian crime and is admitted to hospital. To pass his time in bed, he reads a book about the famous Oxford Canal Murder of 1859. A young woman was found dead in the canal, and the local police believed she was the victim of four rough boatmen who were carrying her by barge to London. A murder trial resulted in two of the men being convicted and hanged. Morse becomes convinced there was a miscarriage of justice and he enlists the help of a young police recruit, as Lewis is away on a training course. They trace the physical evidence from the crime, which is still stored in a local archive, and subject it to modern forensic tests. The results lead Morse to unearth an insurance fraud which was the motive for the framing of the boatmen - a fraud which is confirmed by a visit to a neglected grave in Ireland.

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  • Dead Reckoning

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    S 4 : Ep 6 - 4/21/98

    When a trawler sinks off the coast of North Yorkshire, taking the lives of five people, an enquiry establishes that the boat was in disrepair.
  • Bearing Witness

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    S 4 : Ep 4 - 4/7/98

    Kavanagh represents a Jehovah's Witness mother when a hospital wants her 13-year-old son to have a blood transfusion that will save his life.
  • Briefs Trooping Gaily

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    S 4 : Ep 3 - 3/31/98

    Kavanagh defends a woman accused of killing her husband. Although she admits to killing him for repeatedly beating her, Kavanagh urges her not to admit it in court. Meanwhile,a colleague of Kavanagh's asks him to represent him before the Conduct Committee when he's accused of looking at the wrong brief.moreless
  • Care in the Community

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    S 4 : Ep 2 - 3/24/98

    Kavanagh heads to his hometown of Bolton to defend a man who, together with his partner, is accused of murdering their 14-month-old daughter. Kavanagh's tactics have to change however when it becomes clear that the young couple are telling quite different stories.moreless
  • Memento Mori

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    S 4 : Ep 1 - 3/17/98

    Kavanagh defends Dr Felix Crawley, who is accused of murdering his wife Ann. Although the prosecution has several witnesses, the accused maintains his innocence. At the end, there is a twist in the tale.moreless
  • Death Is Now My Neighbour

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    S 7 : Ep 6 - 11/19/97

    A young woman is shot dead through her kitchen window one morning, and an anonymous valentine seems to be a clue to the killer's identity. Morse interviews the neighbours, including Geoffrey Owens, an aggressive journalist, and Adele Cecil, a music teacher - he is very taken with Adele and hopes she has nothing to do with the killing. Then, at the same time of day the next morning, Geoffrey Owens is also shot and killed, and Morse and Lewis deduce that the two murders are connected to a bitterly fought contest taking place at Lonsdale College, Oxford. The current Master of Lonsdale, the malicious Sir Clixby Bream, is retiring, and two of his dons, Denis Cornford and Julian Storrs, are vying for the Master's job, with their wives active behind the scenes.

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  • In God We Trust

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    S 3 : Ep 6 - 4/14/97

    Kavanagh's former colleague Julia Piper is now married to an American lawyer and living in the U.S. Kavanagh flies to Florida to help Julia with the appeal of William Dupret, a convicted murderer waiting for death on Florida's death row. It appears that in his first trial Dupret's defence was hopelessly bungled, and the current hardline state governor, Stamford Cotton, is determined that the death sentence will be carried out.moreless
  • The Ties that Bind

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    S 3 : Ep 5 - 4/7/97

    Kavanagh fights for justice on behalf of a young man brutally killed, in a rare private prosecution for murder. The odds, however, are against him, since there are powerful reasons for the truth to be kept hidden.moreless
  • Diplomatic Baggage

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    S 3 : Ep 4 - 3/24/97

    Kavanagh learns how dark the corridors of power can be when he defends Natasha Jackson, the daughter of a British ambassador, Sir Alan Jackson, on a charge of murdering an Austrian journalist. Although Natasha is found guilty, Kavanagh's researches throw up some new information which could take the case to the Court of Appeal. Meanwhile, Kavanagh's son moves into a squat.moreless
  • Ancient History

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    S 3 : Ep 3 - 3/17/97

    Kavanagh prosecutes an apparently blameless family doctor in a war crimes trial. The court hears shocking evidence from victims of Nazi atrocities, as they re-live their experiences in concentration camps. However, it's a witness for the defence who reveals the final truth.moreless
  • Blood Money

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 3/10/97

    Kavanagh prosecutes Dr Hilary Jameson, accused of criminal negligence after a computer tycoon she was operating on, following a car accident, died after surgery. The tycoon's widow is out for blood.
  • Mute of Malice

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    S 3 : Ep 1 - 3/3/97

    Miles and Edgar Beddoes are brothers both trying to make a new life after military service in Bosnia. Edgar becomes a chaplain, while Miles takes a job in business, where he is accused of stealing money. Then Miles is shot and killed on a weekend away with Edgar, who says he killed his brother and is charged with murder. Kavanagh has problems defending his client, as Edgar can't or won't say a word in his own defence.moreless
  • The Daughters of Cain

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    S 7 : Ep 5 - 11/27/96

    Murder strikes at the heart of the University when Dr Felix McClure, a retired college don, is found stabbed to death.

    Morse and Lewis suspect Ted Brooks, McClure's old 'scout' (or college servant), who left his job abruptly after one of McClure's pupils committed suicide. Morse discovers that McClure, the suicidal undergraduate, and his room-mate, Ashley Davies, were all in love with the same woman - who was Brooks's daughter.

    Morse and Lewis add to their list of suspects when they question the unusually close relationship between Ted Brooks's wife Brenda and the woman she cleans house for, a schoolteacher called Julia Stevens. Julia seems to be protecting Brenda from her husband's abusive behavior - but when Ted is found dead, it seems she may be hiding another kind of secret.

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  • Job Satisfaction

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 4/2/96

    The son and daughter of a prosperous farmer are charged with the murder of their father and stepmother..
  • A Stranger in the Family

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 3/26/96

    Kavanagh has not argued a personal injury case for twenty years, but he agrees to lead in a case against the Thames River Recycling Centre, where an employee suffered brain damage and spinal injuries after being hit by a heavy container swinging through the air. Meanwhile, Kavanagh's son wants his father to buy him a car.moreless
  • A Sense of Loss

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 3/19/96

    Kavanagh and Julia Piper defend Paul Warwick, a teenager charged with killing a policewoman while robbing a newsagent's store. Paul confessed to the crimes at interview, but he now says that on the night in question he was at home with his single mother and his young disabled brother. Under cross-examination, there proves to be more to the case than first met the eye, and the credibility of the police starts to break down.moreless
  • The Burning Deck

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 3/11/96

    Kavanagh defends the son of an Admiral charged with arson. Meanwhile, various romantic entanglements at the office make life more complicated.
  • Men of Substance

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 3/4/96

    Kavanagh replaces a colleague who has suffered a heart attack while prosecuting two men, Patrick Bennett and Kevin Gregson, charged with importing heroin from Holland.
  • The Way through the Woods

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    S 7 : Ep 4 - 11/29/95

    A man suspected of being a multiple murderer is killed in prison while on remand awaiting trial, leaving the disappearance of a fifth woman unsolved. In the missing woman's effects was a postcard of a pre-Raphaelite painting, the background of which was painted in some woods near Oxford. Morse is assigned to a new murder investigation when what appears to be her body is found in the woods.

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  • The Sweetest Thing

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 1/24/95

    Kavanagh defends a prostitute accused of murdering a rich and well-known business man who was one of her clients. All the evidence points to her being the killer, but she protests her innocence. Meanwhile, Kavanagh's daughter Lizzie, has an interview for her dream job in Brussels, and a junior in his chambers, Julia, takes part in a cricket match.moreless
  • A Family Affair

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 1/17/95

    Kavanagh represents a determined father in a bitter child custody battle. His client is a business man has taken the law into his own hands by kidnapping his son. The case is complicated by allegations of child abuse.moreless
  • Heartland

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 1/10/95

    Kavanagh prosecutes a former police officer who hit and seriously injured a teenager with his car. The youngster's mother believes the ex-cop has turned vigilante and that the incident wasn't an accident - he was aiming to kill. The mother's appeal persuades Kavanagh, but he finds there's more to it all than meets the eye.moreless
  • Twilight of the Gods

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    S 7 : Ep 3 - 1/20/93

    A nasty but very rich business man and a world-famous opera singer are in Oxford to receive honorary degrees from the Chancellor of the University. However, the ceremony has to be abandoned when a sniper opens fire on the procession of dignitaries. The singer is seriously wounded, but was she the intended target?

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  • The Day of the Devil

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    S 7 : Ep 2 - 1/13/93

    Morse and Lewis hunt a violent rapist who has escaped from prison. They find themselves drawn into an under-world of satanists, and some of them seem more respectable than others.

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