The Wench is Dead
When Chief Inspector Morse (John Thaw) collapses while attending a lecture on "Criminal Oxford," his physician admits him to the hospital for tests. From his sickbed, Morse becomes engrossed in a book, written by visiting American criminal expert Dr. Millie Van Buren (Lisa Eichhorn), on the famous Oxford Canal Murder of 1859. Convinced that two innocent men were hanged for the crime, Morse reopens the case with the help of Thames Valley Police recruit, Adrian Kershaw (Matthew Finney). As he sifts through the past for clues to the true nature of the crime, Morse is also forced to contemplate his own future on the forceshould he take early retirement?
Originally aired Thursday, April 1, 1999, at 9 p.m.
Encore presentation February 15, 2001, at 9 p.m. and September 6, 2001, at 9 p.m.
Admitted to the hospital after a sudden collapse, Inspector Morse (John Thaw) becomes engrossed in a book about the famous Oxford Canal murder case of 1859in which a young woman's body was found floating in the channeland becomes convinced that two innocent men were hanged for the crime. With the help of young police recruit, Adrian Kershaw (Matthew Finney), Morse begins an investigation from his sickbed and finds that history can be harder to crack than any modern crime.
Originally aired Thursday, April 8, 1999, at 9 p.m.
Encore presentation February 15, 2001, at 10 p.m. and September 13, 2001, at 9 p.m.
Finally sprung from the hospital, Morse (John Thaw), with the help of young Kershaw (Matthew Finney), subjects the physical evidence from the 1859 Oxford Canal murder case to modern forensics tests, raising more questions about the true identity of the killerand the dead woman. Morse's discovery of a clever, duplicitous plot leads him to an abandoned grave in Ireland, where he solves the riddle of the pastbut questions remain about his own future. Will he retire from the force?
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