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A housewife found choked to death in her own house marks the third strangling in a month, setting Oxford City Police on edge.


Andy Wilson


Colin Dexter (characters), Russell Lewis (written and devised by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shaun Evans ... DC Endeavour Morse
Jack Laskey ... DS Peter Jakes
Roger Allam ... DI Fred Thursday
Michael Thomas Michael Thomas ... Rufus Haldane
Gina Bramhill ... Gloria Deeks
Cécile Paoli Cécile Paoli ... Luisa Armstrong
Joe Bannister ... Alan Burridge
Sean Rigby ... PC Jim Strange
James Bradshaw ... Dr. Max DeBryn
Anton Lesser ... Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright
Max Wrottesley ... Joey Lisk
Matthew Wilson ... Norman Parkis
Sara Vickers ... Joan Thursday
Caroline O'Neill ... Win Thursday
Paul Lacoux Paul Lacoux ... Mr. Jellicoe


When Vivienne Haldane is found murdered in her house she becomes the third victim of a serial killer who strangles married women with a silk stocking and removes their wedding rings after death - though the women are unknown to each other. Separated from her husband Mrs Haldane had a secret lover, referred to in her diary as 'X' and, like one of the other victims, she was seen getting into a green car. The stockings are a unique brand, Le Minou Noir, and have only one retail outlet in Oxford, Burridges department store. Here Thursday is shocked to find that widowed Italian saleslady Luisa Armstrong is a former partisan he met in the war but believed to be dead. Morse interviews the stockings' supplier, shifty Joey Lisk, who had tried to come on to Gloria Deeks, a prisoner's wife and assistant at the store, where she has many admirers. With the discovery of a fourth corpse evidence seems to point to Lisk but when simple store-man Norman, who worshipped Gloria, is also slain, it becomes... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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13 July 2014 (USA) See more »

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When Detective Inspector Thursday's wife and daughter catch the bus, helping a blind man, there is a couple sitting together, one of whom is Colin Dexter, the creator of Morse. See more »


DS Jakes remarks that women nowadays (i.e., in 1966) prefer what he calls "pantyhose" to silk stockings. "Pantyhose" was not a widespread term in 1966; people more commonly just said "tights". See more »


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Rufus Haldane: The Greeks called it 'apeiros'. Anaximander of Miletus termed it 'apeiron'. But we generally take it to mean the same thing, which is to say... endless.
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References To Catch a Thief (1955) See more »


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Another fantastic episode.
23 July 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The excellent second series continues, Sway is another episode of real quality, it sees Morse and Thursday hunt for a sadistic strangler.

The story somehow feels very much in keeping with the time frame, mysteries featuring cold blooded stranglers were very much in vogue in the fifties and sixties, so the premise works well. So much interesting character play, the roles reversed, with Morse enjoying his private life, and Thursday facing some personal problems.

They captured the feel of a sixties Department store beautifully, the formality and procedures brilliantly brought to life. The store made for a fantastic setting, with the killer lurking somewhere amongst the upmarket goods.

Fabulous use of music, glorious production values, and superb performances, Cécile Paoli (luisa) and Joe Bannister (Mr Burridge) were particularly good, those elements coupled with a first class script from Russell Lewis make 'Sway' a truly brilliant episode.

Loved it, 9/10

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