Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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The Daughters of Cain 

An Oxford professor and fund raiser is stabbed to death at home with a weapon that is yet to be stolen from a university museum.


Herbert Wise


Colin Dexter (novel), Julian Mitchell




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Gabrielle Lloyd ... Brenda Brooks
Phyllis Logan ... Julia Stevens
Bernard Brown ... Dr. Felix McClure
Jasper Jacob ... Michael Mansell
Benjamin Whitrow ... Brownlee
Tony Haygarth ... Ted Brooks
Shane Hickmott Shane Hickmott ... Kevin Costyn
Clare Holman ... Dr. Laura Hobson
James Grout ... Chief Superintendent Strange
Angela Catherall Angela Catherall ... Mrs. Barnett
Dominic Brunt ... Detective
Lynn Farleigh ... Jane Cotterell
Josephine Clarke Josephine Clarke ... Nurse


Felix McClure, an Oxford University professor, is stabbed to death in his college study. Not only was he an expert in his field but he was one of the University's key fund-raisers. The investigation focuses on Brooks, a one-time cleaner for McClure who quit his college job abruptly after a student, Mathew Rodway, jumped out of a college window high on drugs. When Morse learns that Brooks' daughter was the object of affection for both Rodway and another student, he has another possible suspect. Brooks' wife also worked for one of McClure's friends and Morse uncovers a conspiracy that he may not be able to prove. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






English | German

Release Date:

27 November 1996 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Morse checks his hair in the wing mirror of his car before meeting Ms Bach. As someone who takes his motoring seriously he would have had the mirror properly adjusted, thus he would not have been able to see his reflection while outside the car. See more »


[in the Pitt Rivers Museum]
Chief Inspector Morse: Is this stuff valuable?
Jane Cotterell: Some of it, very. But of course all the most valuable artifacts are checked regularly.
Chief Inspector Morse: And which are they?
Jane Cotterell: Well the most popular - the things people most want to pinch - are the shrunken heads.
Chief Inspector Morse: [chuckles] I know plenty of people with shrunken *brains*!
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La Traviata
(opening bars) (uncredited)
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Played at the beginning and repeated throughout the episode
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A Truly Well Constructed Crime
10 March 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Except for the murder of the Oxford man who made a dangerous discovery, it's hard to imagine Morse really putting his all into this case. The murderer is a vicious, brutal man who routinely attacks and hurts his wife, who is true to him no matter what. the schoolteacher is a tragic character who has a moral direction because she knows how ill she is. Morse, Lewis, and their superiors are at odds much of the time. We have here a sophisticated effort to keep the death of an evil man from ruining anyone's lives. There is a fascinating character: a daughter who is an escort, who is remarkable at deception.

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