Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Second Time Around 

Morse links the killing of a Deputy Assistant Commissioner on the night of his retirement to the 18 year old cold case murder of an 8 year old girl.


Adrian Shergold


Colin Dexter (characters), Daniel Boyle (as Daniel Boyle)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Jenny Laird ... Mrs. Keelan
Oliver Ford Davies ... Frederick Redpath
Kenneth Colley ... Detective Chief Inspector Patrick Dawson
James Grout ... Chief Superintendent Strange
Maurice Bush Maurice Bush ... Charlie Hillian
Ann Bell ... Catherine Dawson
Mark Draper Mark Draper ... Angry Policeman
Simon Adams Simon Adams ... Incontinent Policeman
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ... Mrs. Mitchell
Christopher Eccleston ... Terrence Mitchell
Peter Waddington ... Pathologist
Liz Kettle Liz Kettle ... WPC
David Baukham David Baukham ... Desk Sergeant (as David Bauckham)


Deputy Assistant Commissioner Charlie Hillian is killed on the night of his retirement party. Hillian was at one time a senior officer in Oxford and was in fact Morse's boss. He was also writing a book about his most memorable cases, including one about the unsolved death of an 8-year-old girl some 18 years ago. The suspect in that case, Frederick Redpath, was at Hillian's house the day he died and that chapter from the manuscript is missing. There are other suspects however, including Hillian's ghost writer who will now receive all of the book's royalties; a handyman who was working on the property; and Redpath's daughter, who knew the little girl who was killed all those years before. Morse comes into conflict with with a colleague DCI Dawson, who was one of Hillian's protégés, as they again look into the little girl's death. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

20 February 1991 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The operatic aria heard at points throughout this episode is "Senza Mamma", sung by Janis Kelly, from 'Suor Angelica' by Giacomo Puccini See more »


Photo forensics officer tells Morse the photo was taken in Blackpool in 1969. Morse asks how do you know that and is told that it was "written on the back of the original". But earlier, while in his car, Morse takes the photo out of the frame and turns it over so that the back is seen and nothing is visible on the back. See more »


Chief Inspector Morse: We're not exactly bosom friends, and I don't like the idea of not being trusted to do my job.
Catherine Dawson: Oh no. No, no, you'd be wrong to believe that, Inspector; I mean, Patrick thinks your a very good detective. Poor policeman and a very good detective.
Chief Inspector Morse: [laughs] Really?
Catherine Dawson: [Before sipping her wine] O-o-oh.
Chief Inspector Morse: Well, I suppose, half a compliment is better than none.
Catherine Dawson: Yes.
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References An Inspector Calls (1954) See more »


Senza Mama
from "Suor Angelics" (uncredited
Composed by Giacomo Puccini (1918)
Recording played by Morse several times.
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Fantastic episode.
10 June 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Following on from the sheer brilliance of Masonic Mysteries is Second Time Around, Series five's opener, and a definite classic. This boasts a deep, harrowing, and sad story, a first rate cast, sublime music, and some of the most beautiful filming seen on the show.

The story is certainly a deep one, it manages to see Morse locked in conflict with a colleague, who holds different values, and sees him dealing with the tragedy of a little girl's death from some years back. Superbly acted, Kenneth Colley, Ann Bell, Oliver Ford Davies and a young Christopher Eccleston are all brilliant. The music is just incredible, that version of Puccini's Senza Mamma is sublime. The filming left me speechless, at times it's glorious, one scene in particular sees Morse and Lewis look out at a fishing boat, it's almost picture postcard material.


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