Endeavour (2013) s06e04 Episode Script


1 NARRATOR: It's the start of a new era.
In Oxford, it's out with the old and in with the new.
As Councillor Clive Burkitt, in charge of the planning and housing department, welcomes the first tenant to Cranmer House, one of three tower blocks at Oxford's new Martyrs' Field development.
A stunning feat of modern engineering, changing the Oxford skyline forever.
Councillor Burkitt is keen to hand over the first set of keys.
For Mrs Olive Reynolds and daughter Sandra, this is a dream come true.
A top floor flat, and just look at the view! What a brave new world.
Ten minutes, Miss Paroo.
I'll chase up any stragglers.
Hello? The library is closed! Hello.
- No! - [CRASHING.]
Shit the bed? I was in early.
- Well, DeBryn's been and gone.
- Any idea who they were? Junkies.
Pair of 'em.
I meant a name.
- Done the owner a favour, in any case.
- How's that? The rest of the place has cleared out.
He can finally sell it.
- Morning.
- Christ, what's this? You pair should get on Opportunity Knocks.
"Me and my bloody shadow.
" I didn't think I had you down till ten.
Heard it come over the RT.
Just wondered if there were any similarities with that tramp from the alley the other month.
Well, they're dead so there's that.
Well, I'll leave you ladies to it.
- Al.
- Mm-hm.
I said I'd get it back.
It's not all of it.
Not yet, but it will be.
There's, er enough there for that new oven you've been wanting.
And something for yourself, obviously.
A new frock or two.
I thought a holiday, maybe.
Where did it come from? Where? I got it back.
That's where.
- From where it went, I got it back.
- Charlie I don't believe you.
Winnie! A bit of overtime here and there, it soon adds up.
Overtime? What, the sort of overtime that leaves your knuckles raw, and blood on your cuffs? That sort of overtime? You can keep it.
I don't want any part of it.
Osbert Page Chief Librarian.
Found by Lucy Paroo, one of the juniors.
Single stab wound to the back.
Defensive injuries.
A pretty vicious attack.
Cause of death most likely to be massive haemorrhage.
Time? 12 to 18 hours.
The library would have closed about seven last night, so Wood chisel.
Unusual choice of weapon.
Now, as far as I can see, from the distribution of blood spatter, the attack took place in this aisle.
He made half a dozen paces, before being overcome by his injuries.
Be able to give you chapter and verse after the post-mortem.
Shall we say two o'clock? Sir.
Muddy boot prints.
Oh, yes.
Evidence of mud and dirt was found amongst the blood.
Sample's been taken by forensics.
Give you the full gen once it's in.
Family? Not that I know of.
He lived alone in Jericho.
What was he like? Set in his ways.
Quite disagreeable when the mood was on him, which was most of the time.
He lived for the library and his walking, of course.
He was a keen rambler.
Did he get on well with the rest of his colleagues? I suppose.
I've not been here very long, so Who else was in here? Well, there were only a couple of regulars.
Where were they sitting? Er Professor Burrowes was sitting there.
And Dr Nicholson was sitting just here.
What are they, dons? Yes, that's right.
"Memoirs Of A Voluptuary.
" Isn't that part of the Phi Collection? Yes, I believe so.
Well, I'd be interested to know who asked for it to be brought up.
Of course.
If you'll just give me a moment.
- The Phi Collection? - Yeah.
Obscene or libellous works that aren't available to all readers.
A special request has to be made to the librarian for access.
Whoever did for Page, would have hidden in the library after closing, would you think? Mm.
Plenty of places for a man to hide in here.
It was Dr Nicholson who put in the request for the book.
I should have remembered, because Mr Page got a bit batey about it.
Why's that? Dr Nicholson was always after one book or another from the collection.
I'll be grateful for a list of all of the other books he asked for.
Oh, I don't suppose you remember anyone wearing a pair of muddy boots, do you? - Muddy boots? - Mm.
No, Mr Page would not have stood for that.
Well, thank you, Miss Paroo.
Good morning.
I intend today to deal with Godel's Completeness Theorem, which states that if a formula is logically valid, then there is a finite deduction, or formal proof, of the formula.
Is this a joke? Who did this? Who did this?! Well either Osbert Page was the untidiest librarian - to ever draw breath - Or somebody's beaten us to it.
Muddy boot prints.
A dozen fatal overdoses from heroin cut with quinine.
And another two this morning, most likely the same.
I'd rather hoped Eddie Nero's demise had put an end to hard drugs in Oxford.
In volume, at any event.
You've spoken to DCI Box? Investigations are ongoing, apparently.
DS Jago's bailiwick.
And the consignment recovered from the car crash the other month? Languishing in the evidence store.
Anything further on the car? Stolen just over a year ago travelling under false plates.
And no-one's come forward to claim the driver's body as yet? No.
Although it's fair to assume he was some, sort of, courier.
Is there any word on the cartridge that was found? According to DeBryn, it came from the same gun that killed George Fancy.
He's certain? No doubt.
Something to do with a mark on the rim.
Imperfection in the hammer.
Reliable as fingerprints, apparently.
I've been trawling through Oxford city and county records for a match, right back to the '40s, but, so far, nothing.
Unless, of course, it's come from outside our ground.
It's a disgrace.
Been open less than a year.
OLIVE: Everybody's been complaining about it and now it's affecting my daughter.
She's not been well.
It's the damp.
It's got onto her chest.
Damp? Yeah.
Come and have a look for yourself.
That's not damp, Mrs Reynolds.
- How long's it been like this? - Since we moved in.
I tried painting over it, but it just comes back through again.
It's not just me, it's happening in loads of other flats.
Anything? Well, not unless this map of the Gower has any bearing.
What's that? Greek, is it? Mm.
Wind gods.
What about that, "HB"? "HB"? No, your guess is as good as mine.
Happen whoever turned this place over found what they were looking for.
I'll get forensics over.
Meantime, we can give those readers at the library a spin.
Dr Nicholson? About the fun and games, is it? What fun and games? The stuff left in his cubby, sir.
Bits of metal.
An amulet, I suppose you'd call it, with Greek writing or something on it.
One of the undergrads said someone's been writing the word "Dora" upon his blackboard.
- Dora? - That's right, sir.
In the lecture theatre and in his tutorial.
How long's this been going on? About a month or so, I suppose.
I've offered to call the police before now, but he didn't seem too keen.
You were at the Bodleian yesterday evening, Dr Nicholson.
We'd like to know what time you arrived, what time you left, where you went from the library and if anyone can vouch for you.
Oh, I was, erm arrived about five, left just before seven and, er went home.
- Can anyone confirm that? - My wife was out for the evening.
She returned about 11.
Did you happen to notice anyone unusual or out of place hanging around the library about the time you left? Someone wearing muddy boots, perhaps.
Muddy boots? There were muddy boot prints on the floor at the library.
No, er no, I think I would have remembered that.
Did you know Mr Page, personally? As a librarian, yes, but no not personally.
I'm sorry I-I can't be of greater assistance.
Unless there was anything else I can help you with.
Er there was just one thing.
This book you've had out of the Phi Collection.
Memoirs Of A What was it, Morse? - Voluptuary.
- Voluptuary.
Racy go for a numbers man, I'd have thought.
I'm writing a paper on Edwardian erotica.
It's very popular.
Well-thumbed, I'm sure.
I'm more of a Holly Martins man myself.
Each to their own.
You've been in receipt of some curiosities, I believe, in your pigeon hole.
Time was, the discretion of a porter could be relied upon.
Not in my experience.
- Rag week hi-jinks.
Nothing more.
- Really? Seems a little late in the year for a rag week, I'd have thought.
Those who are responsible will be found and disciplined, I'm sure.
It's a college matter, nothing for the police to get involved in.
Well if you change your mind, you know where to reach us.
That one's Aegar tipularius, a species of prawn.
Now extinct, of course.
I lifted him myself on a walking holiday, in the long vac in '32.
In Germany.
Is that your field, Professor Burrowes? Ah, would that it were.
Would that it were.
Alas, no.
Geology is my line.
The fossils are an adjunct, I suppose.
My particular delight is postage stamps.
Er this is about poor Mr Page, is it? - You've heard.
- I have, yes.
Terrible thing.
Absolutely terrible.
What is it you were doing at the library? Oh, I'd been asked to evaluate a number of items, erm letters, historical documents and, er a vast stamp collection, left to the college by the late Mr Teagarden.
And is it valuable? One or two of the stamps are of interest, on the letters, oddly enough, but, er nothing spectacular in the main collection.
And you left the library at what time? Oh, about the ten-minute bell.
Ten to seven or so.
- Anybody see you leave? - The other readers, I suppose.
I stopped off at my rooms at the college and then came home.
Anybody see you at college? Mr Jenkins, the porter, was on duty.
And here? Ah, well, I live alone.
I'm a confirmed bachelor.
Yet another old fossil.
You and me both, Professor.
JOAN: I've just had another three calls from residents.
- This is getting ridiculous.
- Off to save the world, Viv? When are you going to do something about the complaints at Cranmer House? It's in hand.
With respect, Councillor Burkitt, that's what we were told last month.
Miss Thursday, my junior.
I see you're training her up well.
It's not so funny if you actually live there.
"Homes fit for habitation.
" That was your election promise.
And I stand by it.
Every word.
I'll look into it.
Miss Lansbury, make a note.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm late for the chamber.
OLIVE: Sandra? Have you washed your hands? - How are you feeling? - A bit better.
Go on, then.
I've made you some soup.
Mum, it's happening again.
Come on.
Disturbance, Cranmer House.
- What kind of disturbance? - I don't know.
There's been multiple calls from residents.
Look, you can be there and back in 40 minutes.
The guv'nor asked.
RUMBLING What was that? Did you feel that? - [CRACKLING.]
- I felt it.
What's happening? Mum, what's going on.
Why are the lights doing that? I don't know.
Right, we need to go.
We need to go.
Come on, let's run.
Let's go.
Hold on to Mummy, that's right.
Let's go.
Come on, Come on, darling.
Let's run.
Come on, it's OK.
Morse to information room.
All units to Cranmer House! [SCREAMING.]
We're OK, let's go, let's go! This way.
This way.
This way.
It's OK.
It's OK.
Everything's gonna be OK now.
OK, darling.
Keep going.
Keep going.
- Mum! - Sandra, run! [SIRENS WAIL.]
What do we do? Where do we start? Fire and ambulance are coming from across the county.
- Relief are turning in.
- What happened? What happened is immaterial for the moment.
All that matters now is the preservation of life.
You think anyone could've survived that? I don't know.
But if they did, it's up to us to get them out.
Castle Gate! Where are my officers? Very good.
Williams, Benson, Davis.
- Let's get a human chain organised, yes? - Yes, sir.
Start clearing some of this rubble.
But mind how you go, I don't want any more casualties.
Yes, sir.
NEWSREADER: The accident appears to have happened without warning.
One side of the building has sheared away from the rest.
The total number of casualties is not yet known.
Had the collapse happened during the hours of darkness, one can be certain that the death toll would have been very much higher.
Her Majesty the Queen has sent a message of sympathy to the bereaved.
We should clear out.
Leave it to uniform.
There's nothing we can do.
We can be here.
I can be here.
One of us should to help with identification.
Whatever you think.
Put that bloody cigarette out! [JOURNALISTS ALL TALK AT ONCE.]
One at a time.
Yes, Miss Frazil.
How can this happen? Cranmer House hasn't been standing a year.
There's talk of an explosion on one of the lower floors.
An explosion? Even so The borough engineer, the chief surveyor.
All of the departments with a responsibility and an interest in what's happened today are already at work.
- Was it built using - The last thing we need - is people jumping to conclusions.
- Yes, but There will be a thorough investigation, and we will leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of it.
Now, thank you, I'm sure you'll understand I've much to attend to.
Thank you.
Thank you.
I wanted to see if she was all right.
How is she? [JOAN SIGHS.]
- How's her mum? - Hanging in there.
- You should be home.
- Home.
So should she.
So should her mother.
So should everyone.
- Accidents happen.
- Yeah, not like this.
You know, somebody's got to be responsible.
Is there anything I can do? You've done your bit and more.
Good night.
Good night.
- Dulcie? - No.
It's me.
- Puli? - That's right.
- Oh, I thought you were Dulcie! - I know.
I must have been dreaming.
You weren't there.
Why weren't you there? I was up country.
I needed you.
I know.
But you didn't come.
Why didn't you come? I came as soon as word reached me.
Too late.
You were always too late.
Try to rest, hm? Right.
Stand to.
Word from Bottoms is life goes on.
Business as usual, everyone.
So, where are we on this Bodleian inquiry? Morse? Erm deceased is an Osbert Page.
Senior librarian at the Bodleian.
Murder weapon was a wood chisel, found in situ, no fingerprints.
Oh, the interesting thing was muddy boot prints found at the locus, and leading away from the body.
They're with forensics.
Anything in the way of motive? Page's flat was turned over, sir, but as to what they were looking for There was a map of the Gower Peninsula with one or two things written on it.
Page was a rambler.
- What was on the map? - "HB".
And something in Greek.
The wind gods, apparently.
Well, I think we can probably leave them off the suspects roster.
Speaking of which, couple of academics, wasn't it, you said? That's right, Dr Nicholson and Professor Burrowes, both at Garstang College, neither of whom have an alibi.
Well, keep at it.
Be nice to have a result to throw at division for the quarterlies.
That junior librarian, Miss Paroo, rang.
She's got that list of books you were after.
I've one or two errands to run.
Can you deal? - Yeah, of course.
- Keep me posted.
Will do.
You all right? Yes.
You had a bad go yesterday.
Well, there's many had it worse.
All the same.
Why don't you sign yourself off for a few days? I can take up the slack with himself.
I think now is hardly the time.
Well, if you change your mind.
I'd sooner be busy.
Thank you.
- Hi.
- I believe you've that list of books that Dr Nicholson requested from the Phi Collection.
Oh, yes.
- Thank you.
- Afraid they're rather of a piece.
Antique smut.
Mr Page was not best pleased.
He often took the professor to task about it.
However, it was nothing beside his run-in with Professor Burrowes the other week.
What run-in? Something to do with this donation, or whatever it is, from the Teagarden family, I believe.
The professor and Mr Page had a blazing row about it.
Well, if you do come across it I'd be grateful to see it.
Of course.
Oh, excuse me, sir.
Is Professor Burrowes in today? - Luncheoning out, I believe, sir.
- Oh.
What about Dr Nicholson, is he in? Oh, just missed him, sir.
But, erm I see the fun and games I told you about is still going on.
How's that? Another message just delivered to his cubby, sir.
Delivered by whom? Person or persons unknown, I believe that's the phrase, isn't it? I didn't see.
Arrived when I was about my business.
Well, can I see it? Yes, of course, sir.
There we are.
Thank you.
Right, well, I'll keep hold of that, thank you.
Oh, very well, sir.
If you say so.
I'll let Dr Nicholson know.
I'll let him know myself when I see him.
Oh, very good.
Oh, erm you found Professor Burrowes at home - all right yesterday, did you? - Oh, I did, yes.
Thank you.
- Nice old man, isn't he? - He is, yes.
One of my favourites, if a porter's allowed such a thing.
He's always been very respectful.
Not like some I could name.
You wouldn't think to look at him now, sir, but, erm he was quite a cad in his day.
Oh, but I suppose life takes it out of the best of us.
How's that? Same as most men, I suppose, sir.
Some girl he had hopes of.
Miss Teagarden.
Detective Sergeant Morse.
Thames Valley.
Of course.
Come in.
My condolences.
Thank you for seeing me at such short notice.
Have you any idea what's in the bequest? Oh, anything and everything.
Grandfather was something of a polymath.
His papers, stamp collections, letters.
But he didn't leave behind a list or anything.
Really, because there's been mention made of an inventory.
Not that I know of.
I can only assume it's been compiled by those examining the collection.
Unusual name.
Should have been Treegarden or Orchard.
Baumgarten, only the immigration official misheard.
So, your family's German.
My grandfather's side came to England in 1911.
- Is this him? - No, that's his brother, Emil.
He was a physicist before the war in Berlin.
Another Einstein, my grandfather said.
A very great man or would have been, had he lived.
A labour camp for the V2 factory in Mittelbau.
The whole family.
Emil his wife their daughter, Deborah, for whom I'm named.
Do you read Hebrew? A little.
Have you any idea what this means? Emet means "truth".
Why? Well, it just may have some bearing on a case.
What about this? "Mavet".
Reminds me of a story my grandfather used to tell me when I was small.
Do you know what a shem is? First word means "truth".
The second means "death".
So? So, according to myth, they're the "words of power" which, when placed in the mouth of a golem, give it life.
- A what now? - A golem.
According to Jewish folklore, it's a figure made of mud or clay, which will do its maker's bidding.
So? There could be a link to the murder at the Bodleian.
What, you think a golem's wandering around Oxford? No, of course I don't, but the Porter at Garstang college did say that somebody left Dr Nicholson a clay figure in his cubby hole.
Right, you'd best follow it up.
I'm afraid I can't help you.
- I've no idea what they mean.
- Are you sure about that? We found one of them in a waste-paper basket near to where you were sitting in the Bodleian, and the other one in your cubby hole here.
I'm as much in the dark as you.
Whoever left them must believe they mean something to you.
Well, then, they're wildly mistaken.
I also believe there have been things written on your blackboard during lectures.
I don't recall.
According to those present, it was the word "Dora".
- Does that mean anything to you? - No.
Really? Because the students seemed to think, that you were rather distracted by the word.
Why should I be? I've never met anyone with that name.
Really, I'm at a loss to see the connection between these things and a stabbing at the Bodleian.
- He's lying.
- Of course he is, but why? There's a connection between Nicholson and Osbert Page.
I'm just I'm just not seeing it yet.
You will when you're thinking straight.
You need some kip.
I need a drink.
Do you fancy one? Oh, I can't.
It's been a while.
I'm not much company these days.
- Oh.
- Pick up sticks in the morning.
SEAN: All right, matey.
So, what couldn't wait? One of the bodies recovered from the rubble.
Male, 50s.
Nothing to identify him.
I have it from the fire brigade that his remains were found in what would have been the basement.
He did not die in the collapse of Cranmer House.
He was shot.
Twice in the back.
Hands bound.
I'm afraid that's not the worst of it.
Doctor? There was concrete in the sinuses, mouth, throat, oesophagus, and even into the upper reaches of the lungs.
He was buried alive, smothered, drowned in liquid concrete, which then set.
Bullets came from the same gun that shot George Fancy.
Whoever this is has been dead for about a year encased in the foundations of Cranmer House.
- We need to put a name to him.
- Have you anything to go on? Just what's there.
- Magdalen Cabs.
- Eddie Nero's old firm.
The specs have come from Dinkley's in the High, according to the name in the case.
"HB"? Morse? We're looking into the death of Osbert Page, Chief Librarian at the Bodleian.
Stabbed to death there two nights ago.
In his flat, there's a map of the Gower with the initials HB.
Yes, I've just had the results through from forensics.
The muddy boot prints at the flat are consistent with those found at the Bodleian.
Clay, limestone and traces of fine sand.
Sea sand, most likely, due to the roundness of the particles.
Right, so, who else knows about this? So far, just us.
Dr DeBryn was good enough to inform me and Detective Sergeant Strange first.
I think, for the moment, at least, such information should be contained amongst former city officers.
Well, then, we're a man shy, aren't we? Where is Thursday? No-one is suggesting Detective Inspector Thursday has any involvement.
Not for a moment.
We just need to be sure of him.
Word on the wire is he's got pretty tight with Box.
You've gotten pretty tight with the ACC.
ACC Bottoms' probity is not in question here.
Out, is it? No, not tonight.
I've seen someone a solicitor.
We can't go on this way.
You in Sam's old room, me in ours.
I never asked for that.
Well, it's done now.
Is it? I think so.
It doesn't have to be nasty.
Him, is it? Him? Him up the ballroom.
I followed you.
No, Fred, it isn't him.
It's you.
- You keep the house.
- I don't want it.
Any more than I wanted the oven or clothes, or a holiday.
Then what do you want, Winifred? I wanted my husband back.
The man I married.
I don't want the house and I don't want the money.
God knows what you had to do to get it.
It was never about the money.
We've been without before.
It didn't matter.
It never mattered.
We had each other.
Well just give me what you want signing and I'll sign it.
Is this Dinkley's Opticians? Detective Sergeant Morse, Thames Valley.
I dropped a pair of spectacles in this morning.
Your receptionist said that she would check the prescription against any of the patients you have with the initials HB.
Hollis Binks.
He's missed two appointments? I see.
And would you have an address for Mr Binks? Hello? Did you get those figures? Have you seen Morse? He's not in his bunker.
Oh, he left word.
He's pursuing inquiries.
What inquiries? I don't know.
He's your dog.
He's nobody's dog.
Yours nor mine.
- I didn't mean - I don't care what you didn't mean.
You'll treat your colleagues with respect, - or I'll know why.
- All right.
Don't bite my head off.
I'm just saying he's - Saying what? - Well, he's not one of us.
Speaking of which You're all right.
We're all friends here.
Where's it come from? Seeing as we're all friends.
- Why do you care? - Say I do.
It's just baksheesh for a blind eye turned.
It's a bit late to be on a conscience, Fred.
Don't spend it all at once.
Clive Burkitt.
Councillor, Planning and Housing.
Detective Sergeant Morse.
Thames Valley.
I'm looking for any information you could have on Hollis Binks.
Hollis Binks? Erm thank you, Miss Lansbury.
Yeah, he's a borough surveyor here, I believe.
Oh, yes.
Yes, he was.
What is it you want to know about him? Well, what he did at the council, when he left.
Just what his duties might have involved.
In connection with what? He's not in any trouble, is he? Oh, no, no, just a general enquiry.
Well, he, er he left about a year ago, I think.
Tendered his resignation and, er and that was that.
I think he found another position in the North East.
Well, I'd like to see it, please.
- Sorry? - His resignation letter.
Presumably it's on file somewhere.
Yeah, I know.
I would have thought so, yeah.
Actually, do you know what? This really isn't the best time.
What, with, erm everything.
Do you think we could catch it up later? Ah, yes.
Yes, of course.
Any further idea what happened at Cranmer? Gas.
Well, if you do dig out Binks' resignation letter, - then I'd like to see it.
- Of course.
Miss Thursday, Ms Wall.
Morse, what are you up to? I'm just looking for some information on a Hollis Binks, he was a borough surveyor here.
Oh, don't know him, I'm afraid.
I knew Hollis.
Been here years.
Very thorough.
He quit without notice about a year ago.
- Without notice? - Just up and left.
Councillor Burkitt said that he tendered his resignation.
- First I've heard of it.
- Right.
What's he like, Burkitt? No more slippery than any other politician.
Yet a lot said he'd never get Martyrs' Field built, too expensive, but he proved them wrong.
How's that? Put his money where his mouth is, well, other people's money.
His reputation was at stake.
Made it part of his election pledge in '64.
Doubled his majority.
Best crack on.
Be in the office, Joanie.
- Thank you.
- Sergeant.
How you getting on at Cranmer house? [SIGHS.]
We've got people scattered all over town.
Bed and breakfast, Sally Army.
Even squeezed some into undergrad digs.
It's not ideal long-term, but at least they're safe and dry for the time being.
How are things with you? Oh, one day's much the same as the next.
I didn't mean work, I meant you.
Oh, it's the same thing, isn't it? Have you seen your father lately? Not much.
Why? Well, I just wondered if he was all right.
He hasn't seemed himself lately.
Anyway, there it is.
Good morning, Sir.
Yes, I'd be delighted.
Of course.
Shocking about Cranmer House, those poor people.
This is about Mr Page, is it? Well, partly.
I believe you had a bit of a row with him the other week about a misplaced inventory.
Something to do with the Teagarden donation, was it? Lost, not misplaced.
I'm somewhat at sea without it.
Er please.
And the other part? You said "partly".
I wanted to ask you about Hollis Binks.
I believe you knew him.
Your name's in his address book.
Yes, Hollis was a student of mine, and a fellow member of the Happy Wanderers Walking Club.
We did the Santiago de Compostela together.
A fine geologist.
Did Page ever mention him? Not to me, no.
Why? Only, his name was also in Binks' address book.
Oh, well presumably, they knew each other.
The Gower Peninsula.
Will that be a popular place for walkers? For everyone.
When was the last time you saw him? Binks? Oh, not for years.
Erm well, he wrote to me about a year ago.
About Faringdon sponge gravel.
Yes, that was it.
What's that? It's part of the Greensand, formed in the Cretaceous.
And what did he want to know? If it was found anywhere other than Wicklesham.
It extends to Lower Coxwell and Fernham, but Wicklesham is the only place where it's quarried.
For aggregate, in the main.
Lovely walking there, if you're ever out that way.
Follow me.
Thank you.
Ah, Reginald.
Glad you could join us.
You know Councillor Burkitt? No, I don't believe I've had the pleasure.
Chief Superintendent.
Well, don't stand on ceremony.
Take a pew and we'll get the orders in.
There may come a time to dig more deeply into Nero's activities, but the man is dead.
One more death in his debit column will bring him no nearer to facing justice.
That's certainly the view of senior officers at division.
Few more senior than the assistant chief constable, I wouldn't have thought.
I'm merely relaying to you certain operational matters as have been explained to me.
There are things here that go far beyond Oxford and Thames Valley.
Best handled from London.
Such operational matters concern the councillor for housing and planning in what regard, may I ask? I'm here in a purely advisory capacity, Reginald.
A trouble-shooter, if you like.
Oh, yes? I see.
What trouble do you intend to shoot today, Councillor? Not me, I hope.
One of your colleagues from Cowley has been concerning himself unduly with matters of a sensitive nature.
Matters with, erm potential ramifications for some departments of local government.
Morse, is it? His enthusiasm is commendable, but misplaced.
I'm in Traffic, sir.
I don't see how I can bring any influence to bear upon him.
Well, that brings me to my second point.
It seems a fearful waste of resources to have an officer of your experience and ability closed away in Traffic.
There's no need to be coy.
We're all men here.
ACC Bottoms is moving to the Met next year, which will leave a vacancy up at division.
It would be a fine way to finish one's service.
And some much-needed good news for your wife, I'm sure.
My wife? I may have mentioned.
Excuse me, sir I have a previous appointment elsewhere.
Erm I have a friend at the Royal Masonic.
Some new experimental cancer treatments are being looked at out of America.
A shortlist of patients suitable to take part in the trial is being drawn up.
I see.
If you change your mind What are friends for? We are not friends, Councillor nor, I'm very happy to say, are we ever likely to be.
You all right? Kids, Morse.
Women and children.
Families destroyed.
When they tore down the Oxpens slums, it was meant to be a fresh start.
A brave new world.
Safe and clean and how does it end like this? A gas leak.
Isn't that the official line? Official lie.
We're talking about a catastrophic structural failure.
Gas explosion or no, they're supposed to withstand anything like that.
It's the law.
Well, people have been known to break the law.
What do you make to Burkitt? Martyrs' Field's got his name all over it, it's his legacy.
He's hardly likely to jeopardise that.
Is that what you wanted to ask me? In part.
I'm more interested in anything you can tell me about Four Winds Aggregate.
- Out at Wicklesham? - Mm-hm.
George McGyffin's old firm.
One of them.
He's yards and works all over.
Some sea-dredging firm in Wales.
And he supplied materials for your new divisional HQ.
Really? Has he anything to do with Cranmer house? They had a contract on the concrete side, I think.
Out of the council, before it closed down.
And what about a Hollis Binks? He was a borough surveyor up until about a year ago.
No, I've not come across him.
Why? This librarian, Page, at the Bodleian, stabbed to death.
You think that's connected to what's happened here? I don't know.
I'm just poking around.
- Who knows? - Someone knows.
The first time I saw her, she was 19.
I was not much more.
The governor's house.
A garden party.
Me and Win, it was the Palais.
Her father was something in the Colonial Service.
Win's old man worked the docks.
Limehouse Basin.
Thought I might not be too welcome, being a young copper, but he was a straight go.
The sky was pink and pearl, band playing.
Geraldo, I think it was, for us.
The crowd parted for the briefest moment and There she was, pretty as a picture.
Surrounded by all these dashing types, desperate to light her cigarette.
Next thing, I'd crossed the lawn, I was standing beside her.
"Have you come to save me?" She said.
"Yes", I said "I rather think I have.
" And now I can't.
You've a works along the Gower, I understand.
Sea dredging.
Nash Bank.
What of it? Did Hollis Binks ever go there? Who? Hollis Binks, he was a borough surveyor.
Really? That's a surprise.
As he seemed to have had an interest in your company Four Winds Aggregate.
You supplied the concrete for the Martyrs' Field development, didn't you? What did you say your name was? Detective Sergeant Morse, Thames Valley.
Well, Detective Sergeant Morse, Thames Valley, let me tell you something.
Construction site's no place for small boys with soft hands and clean shirts.
It's dirty work.
Dangerous work.
Man's work.
Accidents happen.
That sounds like a threat.
Advice, son.
You ever seen a shovel fight? That's how navvies used to settle their differences on site.
I once seen two brothers go at each other with shovels.
20 minutes, it lasted.
Hell of a thing.
Oh-oh-oh, and the noise! Only finished when one of them took the other one's arm off at the shoulder.
Go home.
Go on, go home, forget about Hollis Binks and Four Winds.
I'm afraid I can't do that, Mr McGyffin.
That's too bad.
Boys'll show you safe back to your car.
It's all right, I can manage.
Bloody hell.
Any news? I had a dig around for this gun used on George.
We've been looking in the wrong place.
It was used in a wages snatch in '64 in Reading.
Amongst the investigating officers was a DS Ronnie Box.
Then we've got him.
Well, if we're going to move against him, it's got to be solid.
We're accusing him of killing a fellow police officer.
Depending how far this goes, we get one shot.
It's gotta stick.
What's that, Jim? Oh, er just popped in to see Morse.
Is that right? Well, you've got business.
I won't keep you.
- Where'd you get to? - Oh, something came up.
Pursuing inquiries, DS Jago said.
What inquiries? Oh, it's nothing, probably.
The guv'nor was asking about an unknown out at Cranmer House.
Said you'd know about it.
What is it, something off the books? He said all the old Cowley firm knew about him.
I don't.
Ah, Miss Teagarden.
Good afternoon.
Yes, in about half an hour? Very well.
Until then.
Thank you.
It's come down from division.
Whatever you're about, they want to pass it to the Yard.
I can't help them.
Come on.
We can talk straight.
Can we? Course.
This is you and me.
Doesn't feel that way.
In fact, it hasn't felt that way since I got to Castle Gate.
Feels more like you and Box.
No, that's fine.
Things change.
You don't owe me anything, but I don't owe him anything either.
Certainly not loyalty.
He's not my guv'nor, never will be.
You know, there is a line.
I just hope that you're on the right side of it.
It's all there.
Every penny.
I don't get it.
What's to get? I had a mad half-hour, that's all.
It's over.
Have a drink.
You're not thinking straight.
I'm thinking straight for the first time in a long while.
Maybe for the first time since George Fancy.
Fancy? That's what's got you by the tail? - It's nothing to do with this.
- He's everything to do with it.
He stood for something.
I take this, I might as well piss on his grave.
Look there's no comeback, if that's what you're worried about.
It's bent.
The world's bent.
Always has been.
We can't fix it.
We can try.
Everybody else dips their beak for a sight less than us.
Protection money? Yeah.
We protect people.
Every time we turn out.
Cos it's our job.
Not for this.
Not for a kick-back.
- Makes us no different to Eddie Nero.
- We are no different! There are two kinds of people, Fred.
Those who take and them that get taken.
I know what side I'm on.
So do I.
I always have done.
It slipped my mind.
I thought I was owed.
I was wrong.
This job doesn't owe me anything.
So, I'm giving it back.
It doesn't work like that.
It works how I say it does.
How you live your life is your business.
You don't have to worry about me.
I'm putting in for a transfer.
I'll be out of your hair.
Mind how you go.
I was closing up the house when I came across a bundle of letters at the back of my grandfather's writing desk.
Well, photostats.
The originals, I imagine, went with the rest of the bequest materials.
To Garstang College? At first, I thought my grandfather must have kept them for the stamp, they were from Oslo, from a friend there, but I couldn't see why he would have made copies if it was just the stamp he was interested in.
Do you read German? Er no.
No, I'm afraid not.
They're about my Great Uncle Emil and his family.
- Emil, scientist? - A physicist.
Physicist, sorry.
He was part of the Meitner-Hahn group in Berlin, researching heavy elements, but with the passing of the Race Laws, things became impossible for him.
I don't doubt it.
Many of his colleagues fled Germany, but he was a patriot.
Afraid his work might fall into the wrong hands, he smuggled his notebooks out of Germany to someone he met while lecturing at Oxford.
Someone he later came to believe had betrayed him.
You wanted to see me, Worshipful Master? Someone's threatening the good works and reputation of this lodge.
A man known to you.
How's that? Morse, brother.
Let us not deal falsely, eh? We need to check his inquiries.
You'd be doing him a bit of good if you appeal to his reason.
Well can't hurt your prospects, though, can it, eh Inspector Strange? Inspector? For those who keep their oaths, brother all things are possible.
The Page case.
Miss Teagarden came across a bundle of letters.
Well, copies of letters that she found to have been given to Garstang College as part of the Teagarden bequest.
Concerning? Concerning the German side of the family, the Baumgartens.
You remember Burrowes said that he used to go hiking on the continent - before the war? - Digging for fossils.
That's right.
Well, on one such trip, he met and fell in love with Deborah Baumgarten.
She perished, along with her family, at a labour camp called Mittelbau-Dora.
I know Mittelbau.
V2 rockets.
Her father had been a physicist before the war.
He lectured here at Oxford, where he befriended a maths undergrad at Garstang college.
That's what was written up on Nicholson's blackboard.
Exactly, so according to these letters, Nicholson promised to get the Baumgartens out of Germany.
But when they arrived at the embassy, no-one had so much as heard of them.
- Why would Nicholson betray him? - Baumgarten came to believe that Nicholson had only ever been interested in his notebooks, which he'd sent before him, to Oxford, for safekeeping.
- And Burrowes? - Well, 20 years later, Burrowes was going through the Teagarden bequest, finds these letters and this bank note.
It was found by Miss Paroo at the Bodleian.
Used for currency at camp Mittelbau-Dora.
Now, I believe that Burrowes and Page had a blazing row over items that Page cleared away from the library.
I just wonder what the significance of it is.
Maybe this is what Burrowes was looking for in Page's flat.
Geology teaches a man patience.
All my life, well, the part of it which mattered, I've mourned her fate.
But to find now that it could have been avoided, should have been avoided.
That we might have had a life together.
Nicholson took that from me.
Worse, far worse.
He let them perish.
I wanted him to pay for that.
So, you started this campaign.
The things left in his cubby hole, the little figurine of a golem.
The word "Dora" chalked up on his board.
Did Page find this Mittelbau-Dora banknote of yours? Was he aware that you were behind this war of nerves with Nicholson? Is that why you killed him? - Page? - Yes, Page.
I had nothing whatever to do with Page! I left that banknote in the Bodleian by accident, with my list of stamps.
As far as I was aware, it was lost.
So, you went to Page's flat looking for the banknote.
Even if Osbert Page had found it, it wouldn't have meant anything to him.
I freely admit the rest.
Jasper Nicholson got nothing less than he deserved, but Page, that was nothing to do with me.
We know who's been sending you these messages and all the rest of it, and we know why.
They've been spoken to.
You won't be getting any more, but I can't say as I don't feel some sympathy for who's responsible, given what you did.
What I did? You promised Emil Baumgarten and his family that you'd get them to safety.
But at the last, you just left them to their fate.
I tried to get them out.
I-I-I did everything that was humanly possible.
All that was in my power to do, but it was too late.
But not too late to take his work for your own.
What do you mean, his work? Yeah, his notebooks.
You could at least have given the man credit - for his own work.
- [GASPS.]
So, that's what you think? Well, you must think it.
Doctor Nicholson Emil's work was flawed.
Terribly, monstrously flawed! A-a-as I read through his notes, it became clear to me, and it would have been obvious to anyone else who saw that he had suffered some kind of breakdown.
I mean, his mind oh, his beautiful wonderful mind, all unravelling there before me on the pages.
The, er anxiety and stress of his situation, the worry for his family.
Well, it must have, erm So, er we burnt his notebooks.
You destroyed them? What else should I have done? I had to protect him from those devils.
They might have taken his life, but I swore to be resolved that they would not take his reputation.
He was my friend and I failed him.
Er I've carried the shame of that failure my failure, for more than 25 years.
Now, I'm a man profoundly without faith but I promise you, not a day has gone by when I have not, with utter humility said the Mourner's Kaddish for Emil Baumgarten and his murdered family.
- No golem, then.
- Seemingly not.
Burrowes is a rambler.
If the muddy boot prints aren't his, whose are they? What's wrong? Nothing.
I'll drop you at the station.
And I'll put Box in the picture.
I don't know what more I can say.
I've told you all I can.
About Nicholson, yes, but this is about another matter.
It concerns Binks and Osbert Page.
The Bridge Of Sighs was built just before - BOY: Look, it's the Pelican Man! - GIRL: It's the Pelly! [CHILDREN SHOUTING.]
Yes, yes.
Yes, yes.
Of course you can.
You saw it on the television? What's going on? Well, I know you, so you must be McGyffin.
Is he running you, or you running him? It's all right, Ronnie.
Why don't you go and wait by the car, eh? Guess that answers that.
Is he working you with his foot, or what? You should hear 'em out, Fred for your own sake.
I understand you're leaving Oxford, Inspector.
Putting in for a transfer.
Word gets around.
Yeah, well, that's all very lovely, but you need to settle your mess bill before you go.
Your boy's sticking his beak in where it's not wanted.
You stop him, or we will.
You don't know Morse.
How's Charlie? What did you say? Word is the Yard's looking for your brother in connection with a long firm fraud.
I wouldn't know about that.
There's a cheque with your name on says different.
On the other hand, if Morse could be persuaded to do the right thing He's an idealist.
I'm sure we all are.
Maybe once, Councillor.
Now you're just a villain.
Same as this two-bob shitehawk.
Look you play fair and all your troubles disappear.
The cheque, gone.
Everything back to how it was.
Just bring him out to Wicklesham tomorrow.
Maybe between us, we can talk some sense into him.
Fred What've you got me into, you cowson? You can't beat 'em, Fred.
I know.
I thought it'd just be a nice little tickle.
In and out, and no harm done, but but once you're in these boys play for keeps.
It's you or Morse.
Everything all right? Yeah.
I've been to see Burrowes.
And? I think I know who killed Page, or who ordered it at least, even if he didn't do his own dirty work.
Drink? Thanks.
Page had been looking into the disappearance of a fellow rambler.
A man called Hollis Binks.
You remember the initials we found in his flat - on the map on the wall? HB.
- Who is Binks? Binks was the borough surveyor.
His body was recovered from the foundations of Cranmer House.
Box's unknown.
Why wasn't I told? Well, I'm telling you now.
I think Binks's death and Page's death, are both related to what happened at Cranmer House.
Cranmer House was built by McGyffin Construction, using concrete which should have contained high-quality sand from Four Winds Aggregate out at Wicklesham.
But McGyffin also owns another place out on the Gower Coast.
The Gower.
That's where Page wrote HB on the map.
I think he was adulterating the concrete with unwashed sea sand from the Gower Coast.
So? So, salt.
The sodium in the sea sand-concrete mix would have corroded the iron rebars running through Cranmer House, weakening the entire structure.
Concrete cancer, they call it.
- That's why the tower collapsed.
- Mm.
I think they were using sub-standard material, charging full price, and pocketing the difference.
So, Binks worked out McGyffin was running a scam? Yeah, him and his former boss, Councillor Burkitt.
He'd been to see Professor Burrowes to talk about geology before he died.
They killed Binks and Osbert Page? Well, I've got forensics looking into the muddy boot prints we found both in the library and at Page's flat.
And I'm convinced that it's going to be the same material will be found at Wicklesham Quarry.
If Page was worried about Binks, why didn't he come to us, report him missing? - Maybe he was afraid.
- Of what? Of us.
If a senior councillor is involved, then who knows how far it goes? Say you're right people like that it only goes one way.
What are you saying? It's a hiding to nothing.
You want another Blenheim Vale? You've gotta let it drop.
Who are you trying to protect? Box? That what you think? It wasn't, but maybe I was wrong, and everyone else is right.
- About what? - About you.
I thought I knew who you were, but this year, I barely recognise you.
Always given me too much credit.
- I'm not what you think.
- What is going on? - You've got to let it go.
- I can't.
That's an order! [EXHALES.]
'Ah, there you are.
It's Max.
' It's late for you.
'Listen I've just had the results through on your muddy boot prints.
' - Ah.
- 'As suspected, 'consistent with material found locally at Wicklesham.
'Sorry, wait a minute.
'Can I help you?' [CLATTERING.]
Doctor? Max! [DIALLING TONE.]
MUSIC: 'Mexicali Rose' by Jim Reeves I'm off to bed now.
I'm sorry.
I made a mess of things.
I love you.
Sorry was all I wanted.
I know.
I've loved you too long to stop now.
I should've said it sooner.
Better late than never.
Vanish all those tears And please don't cry Kiss me once again And hold me Mexicali rose Goodbye [TELEPHONE RINGS.]
I'll come back to you Some sunny day Every hour a year While I'm away.
I heard the telephone.
Yes, it was, er it was just work.
What's wrong? A moment's courage or a lifetime of regret? That's always been the choice.
JAGO: Surprised? You couldn't see me for Box.
No-one's coming.
It's how we came into the world, you, me, all of us.
We're born and we die alone.
All right, Morse.
You picked the wrong team, brother.
We're city men, first and last.
We mind our own.
Where's DeBryn? Alive? Last time I looked.
It's all right, Doctor.
We'll have you home safe soon.
That's not how this goes.
You must have known that.
You can't believe you'll get away with the murder of four police officers and a Home Office pathologist.
They plan to hang the crimes on us, sir.
Who killed Fancy? You or Ronnie? Box? - It was his gun.
- Once.
But he's not the sand for man's work, or he'd be here now.
You stole Nero's heroin.
It's the next big thing.
You took over his whole business.
The protection, the drugs, everything.
Who better than a copper to know every filthy racket in the city? How many times you seen them get away with it, Fred? - It's a stacked deck.
- The truth will come out.
Or the truth'll be what I put in my report.
A falling out of corrupt coppers and I settled the last man standing.
Al? DS Jago may bear some influence over uniform and CID but his writ will not run as far as Traffic.
Sod this.
- Get out.
Get out! - Take 'em! [FOOTSTEPS.]
It's over, Fred.
Put it down.
- MORSE: Drop the gun - [CLICKING.]
now! You wouldn't shoot a man in the back, would you, Morse? The same way you shot George Fancy? He was just in the wrong place.
Drug money.
Put him down.
Well, well, well.
Found some bottle at last? We can all still walk out of here alive.
Boss? BOX: No, we can't.
I couldn't let him do it.
Who'd have thought? Ronnie? Ronnie! Ronnie.
Get an ambulance.
- You all right? - DEBRYN: Oh, yes.
Oh, thanks.
Bugger! I can't judge him.
I took a wrong turn.
He came good in the end.
If he pulls through maybe we all get a second chance.
George didn't.
All right, thanks.
Burkitt? Turned Queen's.
Put the black spot on all of them.
He say who did for Page? McGyffin's heavies, on his orders.
That was the hospital.
Box is 50-50.
The report will reflect a drugs ring smashed, a criminal conspiracy unmasked and the death of a brave detective constable finally avenged.
- And ACC Bottoms? - Is to take early retirement.
The force cannot be judged by the behaviour of a few rotten apples.
Division have assured me there will be changes.
- For the better, I hope.
- Indeed.
Alas, I will be leaving Traffic, to assume overall command at Castle Gate.
But with impending losses, I shall need a reliable detective sergeant, if you're done with your Forward Planning Committee.
And a good man to head CID.
Acting Chief Inspector, might you be persuaded to forego your transfer? It depends on home, sir.
As does so much.
Very well.
Carry on.
There's a bagman's desk going begging If you want it.
Castle Gate CID.
DS Strange speaking.
I'll be needing a car.
Well, I'm sure we can find you something.
Got Mrs Thursday on the blower.
I said you're fine, but she doesn't sound best pleased.
Wants to know what time you're coming home.
Tell her he'll be home shortly.
Go on.
I can manage.
I know you can.
Right, then.
Usual time in the morning.
Morse, Thames Valley.

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