The body of ex-Fleet Street reporter Eric Patterson is found by a railway track. He was last seen arguing with Alderman Wintergreen over the Landesman construction company's plans to develop the site of former borstal Blenheim Vale. At the same time ten year old Tommy Cork runs away from his bullying father and George Aldridge, a former Blenheim Valley boy, absconds from jail and is later found dead, Morse believing that Tommy saw the killer and is now hiding. Then Wintergreen is also murdered. Eventually Morse learns that three of George's contemporaries at Blenheim Vale were trying to contact him. They tell Morse that there was sexual abuse of the boys when Wintergreen and Landesman were on its governing board but police declined to step in. At the same time ACC Deare confides in Thursday and Morse that he believes there is a cover up involving police corruption and asks them to investigate covertly. Aware that Tommy must have seen at least one of the murders Morse has to save both ...
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A news broadcast which Morse hears on his radio at the start of the story refers to the situation in Rhodesia in late 1966, a year or so after the sensational Unilateral Declaration of Independence (commonly referred to simply as "UDI") in which Rhodesia's government, led by Ian Smith, broke away from Great Britain and affirmed its independence (whilst simultaneously affirming its loyalty to Queen Elizabeth II). This complex matter caused headlines for quite some time, with the British Prime Minister Harold Wilson at one point claiming that it would be settled in "weeks rather than months" and then failing utterly to do that. Smith remained in charge of the country until 1979; from 1980 onward, the country's name was changed to Zimbabwe. See more
When Morse looks at the "punishment book" from Blenheim Vale we see Benny Toplin's age given as 8; when Thursday and Morse first interview Benny, Morse asks him to confirm his name and D.o.B. as some date in 1938. This would mean the arson attack took place in 1946 which does not fit with other dates eg the doctor says he started at the school in 1951 (Benny would then be 13) - his daughter has a photo of the boys and they are much younger. See more
At the Round Table there was one seat kept always vacant, reserved by Merlin for the knight destined to claim the Grail and heal the wounded land. The seat was named The Siege Perilous for should any other dare sit therein, it held only death.
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