Inspector Morse

Season 7 Episode 5

The Daughters of Cain

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 27, 1996 on ITV
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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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  • Another excellent episode, with Morse solving the murder of Dr. McClure.

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    Tony Haygarth is convincing as suspect Ted Brooks, McClure's former college servant and an odious wife beater. Gabrielle Lloyd is decent as wife Brenda and I liked the portrayal of her relationship with schoolteacher Julia Stevens. Phyllis Logan is superb as Julia, as is Shane Hickmott, her juvenile delinquent student Kevin. I enjoyed the unraveling of the mystery surrounding the Brooks's beautiful daughter (played nicely by Amanda Ryan) and love interest of three of the characters. The office management issues perked my interest as Morse tried to get a promotion for Lewis. James Grout makes an excellent Chief Superintendant Strange concerned in this case with possible downsizing, even of his own job, yet sympathetic to Lewis' plight. The humour is always a delight, this time with President Brownlee (Benjamin Whitrow) and his concern for the Appeal above all else. The pathologist Dr. Laura Hobson(Clare Holman) shows her sense of humour as well. Viewing a murder victim, Morse asks if there something he needs to know(about the body). The doctor says yes, that Morse has had a recent haircut and the tie he is wearing does not go with his jacket!moreless
John Thaw

John Thaw

Chief Inspector Morse

Kevin Whately

Kevin Whately

Detective Sergeant Lewis

Jason Riddington

Jason Riddington

Ashley Davies

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Gabrielle Lloyd

Gabrielle Lloyd

Brenda Brooks

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Phyllis Logan

Phyllis Logan

Julia Stevens

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James Grout

James Grout

Chief Superintendent Strange

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Clare Holman

Clare Holman

Dr Laura Hobson

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    • Morse: Is this stuff valuable?
      Jane Cotterell: Some of it, very. But of course all the most valuable artifacts are checked regularly.
      Morse: And which are they?
      Jane Cotterell: Well, the most popular, the things people most want to pinch, are the shrunken heads.
      Morse: I know plenty of people with shrunken brains.

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