Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Cherubim & Seraphim 

A new drug developed to combat senility is ironically being distributed to teens at all-night parties and driving some to suicide.


Danny Boyle


Colin Dexter (characters), Julian Mitchell




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Liza Walker Liza Walker ... Vicky Wilson
Jason Isaacs ... Dr. Desmond Collier
Charlotte Chatton ... Marilyn Garrett
Charlie Caine Charlie Caine ... Charlie Paget
Anna Chancellor ... Sally Smith
Freddie Brooks Freddie Brooks ... Jacko Lever
Sorcha Cusack ... Joyce Garrett
Edwina Day Edwina Day ... Gwen Morse
Celia Moore Celia Moore ... Nurse (as Celia Blaker)
Matt Terdre ... Ken Lewis (as Matthew Terdre)
Glen Mead Glen Mead ... Wayne Garrett
Phillip Joseph Phillip Joseph ... Keith Garrett
Isla Blair ... Janey Wilson


Personal tragedy strikes as Morse's niece, Marilyn Garrett, commits suicide. Morse was very fond of her and had hopes that she would accomplish many of the things he had not done in his life. While Morse is away on personal leave, Lewis is studying for his inspector's exams and is temporarily assigned to Chief Inspector Holroyd, a by-the-book type of officer. They investigate the death of a young man who had been walking in a tunnel and was struck and killed by a train. When Morse and Lewis are reteamed, they see similarities in the cases and look into the possibility of drug use at all-night dance parties in the area. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

15 April 1992 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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At one point Strange says to Morse 'I can't imagine you young", however they are seen working together in Endeavour, when they were both young. See more »


The sergeant on the drugs squad shows Morse the drugs that she confiscated from the dealer after booking him in at the police station. The drugs are in small plastic bags, as would be necessary for the dealer to carry them around, but these are not police evidence bags. This means that the evidence has not been sealed and would be inadmissible in court, even at the time when the episode was set. See more »


[first lines]
Vicky Wilson: Johnny, where're you going?
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Tragedy for Morse, leads him and Lewis into rave culture.
6 November 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Morse's holiday time is shattered, when his niece Marilyn tragically takes her own life. Soon after a young man walks into a train tunnel taking his life, the two victims enjoyed raves, and it seems that the darker side of rave culture was the cause of both deaths.

I can understand why some see Cherubim and Seraphim as an ill fit into the Morse franchise, be it Morse, Lewis or Endeavour there is always a somewhat traditional feel to them, this episode does match the usual formula.

Growing up in the nineties I did on occasion enjoy the rave culture, so this episode has nostalgic significance, I think they did a superb job in capturing rave culture.

Whether the viewer likes or loathes this story, one thing I'm sure everybody would agree with is how utterly wonderful Thaw is here, the scene where he discusses his growing up with Lewis is both powerful and moving.

Isla Blair is very good, if underused a little, but Paul Brightwell steals the show, making Bristowe quietly menacing.

Unpopular with some I know, but there's a lot of good in this story, a pretty good time stamp of 1992. 8/10

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