♪ ♪ JOANIE: Morse.
Back on the horse, then?
STRANGE: Looks to have been a time bomb.
Simple but effective.
MORSE: Two shooters in two days by two different killers?
That hardly seems likely, does it?
So, what's the plan?
Keep him alive, I suppose.
CECILY: Nothing's going to happen to him with you here.
(crowd cheering, whistle blowing) BRIGHT: Get him out of there!
THURSDAY: We're who we are, Morse.
We can try to escape it, but it will find us out in the end.
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (thunder claps) (whimpers) (click) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (rain falling heavily) COMMENTATOR (on radio): You join us here at The Barracks for this fifth-round F.A.
Cup tie between Minnows Cowley Town and local rivals Oxford Wanderers.
The build-up around Cowley's home ground is already quite something-- they're not at all the sort of crowd they're used to seeing at this end of the league.
♪ ♪ (people talking in background) ♪ ♪ (whistle blows) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ THURSDAY: Hello, Alf.
Who's your pal?
♪ ♪ (grunting) ♪ ♪ COMMENTATOR: One minute of injury time remaining, and Oxford Wanderers are trailing Minnows Cowley Town by a goal to nil in this fifth-round Cup tie... ♪ ♪ (crowd chanting and cheering) ♪ ♪ (grunts, whistle blows) COMMENTATOR: A free kick just outside the penalty area.
♪ ♪ Swift is lining up to take the kick.
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (cheers and applause) Swift has snatched, if not victory from the jaws of defeat, then at least something that'll... ♪ ♪ (rumbling) MAN: This is a message from the Provisional I.R.A.
If Jack Swift plays in the game on Wednesday against Cowley, he'll be shot.
(birds twittering) (record buffering) REPORTER (on radio): The nationwide postal strike enters its fourth week with no sign of movement on either side.
(jingle plays on radio) Traffic, I expect.
I'm sure he'll be here soon.
(dishes clattering) (bell tolling) ♪ ♪ You have to understand, Master, that funding a department with money from a company with blood on its hands is... (footsteps approaching) ...with blood on its hands can no longer be tolerated.
Be wary of judging the past by modern morals, Mr. Sarson, lest your own enlightened virtues one day fall from fashion.
It's not about the past, Master.
(conversation continues indistinctly) (kettle lid clanks, kettle turns on) (footsteps approaching) NEWELL: Oh!
Good morning, Miss Widdowson.
Morning, Miss Newell.
You're in early.
But it's all right, I've got the kettle on.
♪ ♪ (paper rustling) (explosion booms) (glass, debris scattering) (people screaming, alarm ringing) (alarm ringing) (birds twittering outside) (telephone ringing) (telephone continues ringing) (picks up receiver) Morse.
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ What's the, uh...?
THURSDAY: One dead, one injured.
The deceased is a Miss Margaret Widdowson, 22, from Headington.
Junior secretary in the master's office.
She wouldn't have known anything about it.
And the, uh, the survivor?
A Miss Newell, also secretarial.
And where was the bomb?
In the post, it looks like.
MAX: A parcel, I should imagine, by the size of the blast.
Forensics will identify the package, hopefully, what's left of it.
But I expect it will be a very lengthy process.
Cause of death should speak for itself, in this instance, but shall we say 2:00?
Oh, hello, Sergeant.
Very nice to have you back.
THURSDAY: So, what do we think?
Word out of Barnet is they charged a bloke Saturday with bombing the employment minister's place.
"Brigade" would suggest that more than one person's involved, wouldn't you think?
Didn't they put something in one of their communiqués?
"We attack properties, not people."
Wouldn't be their style, I shouldn't have thought.
Well, whoever sent it and whatever it came in, we can assume it was meant for the master.
THURSDAY: You've had no personal or professional disagreements with colleagues?
Nothing to warrant such a terrible, wicked... That poor, poor girl.
I noticed some placards concerning the Buchanan affair in the quad.
Feelings are still running high, I take it.
Just undergraduate misbehavior.
Tobias Buchanan, sir.
He made a fortune in arms during the American Civil War and later invested a science chair here, some say as a way to expiate his sins.
So, the issue is...?
Well, the company that bears his name also manufactures napalm and a defoliant called Agent Orange, both of which have been used to lethal effect in Vietnam.
The more militantly minded might see it as just cause.
A bomb, though.
What are you thinking, that it's Angry Brigade?
THURSDAY: We're keeping an open mind.
But to be on the safe side, we'd like to put a uniformed constable on the gate as a deterrent.
Well, if you think so.
Just for the time being, until we get to the bottom of things.
Post delivered during a postal strike.
It's unlikely, don't you think?
A lot of private firms have taken up the slack.
Well, I'll get on to anyone local, see if they've made deliveries today.
Strange can do that.
I'm quite capable.
I'm not saying you're not.
It's just there's something else Mr.
Bright wants you to look at.
Do you know much about football?
STRANGE (quietly): Yes, sir, understood.
Just a moment, sir.
Bright said to let you know he's running late at Division.
But, uh, Miss Frazil's here.
He, uh, put her in your office.
Chief Inspector, Morse.
It never rains.
Well, anything I can do to help the boys in blue.
But I've got to tell you, sitting on a scoop this big goes against every instinct.
As you can see, we've kept it out of the paper for now.
But if the threat is on the level, and God forbid they make good on it, then it's gonna be all over the front page, let alone the back.
THURSDAY: There was an anonymous phone call to the "Oxford Mail" on Saturday evening, was it?
Man's voice, Irish, said, "This is a message "from the Provisional I.R.A.
"If Jack Swift plays in the game on Wednesday against Cowley, he'll be shot."
THURSDAY: Old or young, from the voice?
DOROTHEA: Somewhere between 18 and 80.
Ulster accent, like Paisley.
Have you found out where the call was made?
It was a public phone in the foyer of the Plaza Hotel.
MORSE: Well, that could just be a crank, then, couldn't it?
Someone who doesn't want Swift playing against, uh... Cowley Town, Cup tie replay.
Yeah, the Plaza Hotel's only a stone's throw from Cowley's ground.
It could've been someone just on the way back from the match.
There was an issue when he first joined the club, though, wasn't there?
Hate mail, death threats?
Well, we certainly got letters saying people like Swift shouldn't be playing for an English club.
"People like Swift"?
Don't Irish footballers play for English sides?
Sorry, I don't know much about the game.
There are many Northern Irish players in the English league.
But, as one correspondent put it, "None with the touch of the tarbrush."
It's a race issue, then.
STRANGE: When he first started, maybe.
But Swift's long since proved himself to the fans.
I mean, he won them promotion from the Second Division more or less single-handed.
Could there be any connection with the threat against Swift and this bomb at Lonsdale?
On this side of the water?
I don't think they'd make a play as bold as that, Miss Frazil.
DOROTHEA: Well, what's threatening the life of a leading footballer?
Seems pretty bold to me, Chief Inspector.
MORSE: Well, that's assuming that the threat is genuine.
Well, I think that's rather the conundrum, don't you?
Jack Swift is to have round-the-clock local protection until the match is over.
Football's hardly my area of expertise, sir.
I've very little interest in the game.
Which is exactly why you've been chosen.
The last thing we need is someone with stars in their eyes who's going to be overwhelmed by the whole soccer razzamatazz.
Better by far to have someone in place who's going to keep their eye on the ball.
As it were.
Be all right, will you?
Well, it's a case of having to be, isn't it?
I just think my time will be better spent on the bomb, rather than playing wet-nurse to some overpaid football star.
"Ours not to reason why."
Yeah, look how that turned out.
If it's a real threat...
But that's the point, isn't it?
I just don't want to be on a dead-end assignment while I could be helping you find which lunatic blew up my old college.
But Division knows best.
♪ ♪ (whistle blowing) LOFTHOUSE: Right, simple passing drill, boys, give and go.
Don't let Jack do all the work, come on!
Hey, work harder than that.
(claps): Last one.
(whistle blows) SWIFT: Ah, come on.
We're not taking any notice of that.
It's just some wee buck eejit trying to put me off the game, is all.
Well, I'm sure there's nothing to it, Mr.
Swift, but I am under strict instructions to make sure that it stays that way.
Kind of like a bodyguard, do you mean?
Well, something like that.
Either myself or one of my colleagues will be with you at all times.
Do I have a say?
LOFTHOUSE: No, you don't.
It's come down from Mr. Fenner himself.
He's not taking a gamble with his star striker, is he, Jack?
Well, I'm just about to see him.
I've a fitting for some clobber for this fashion thing tonight.
I'll talk to him, Dan.
I'm not afraid of these people.
LOFTHOUSE: Nobody's thinking that.
Not for a minute, we just... (inhales deeply) ...want to be sensible, that's all.
MORSE: Is there no way that Mr.
Swift can just miss the match?
(laughs) It's a Cup tie!
Do you know what that means for the club?
And besides, if I don't play this game, what about the next?
When does it stop?
Your son's posted there, isn't he?
Yes, sir, yes, he is.
Getting on all right?
Hard to tell with Sam, sir.
He writes home to his mother once a week, but, uh, with the postal strike... And Morse, how's he these days?
Morse is Morse, sir.
You know more than anyone what last year took out of a soul.
He walks a step slower, maybe.
Lost some of his bounce, you mean?
A bit less full of himself.
A bit less cocksure.
That's not always a bad thing.
A bit of uncertainty, a bit of doubt makes a man more careful in his work, more thorough.
Perhaps time does that to all of us, sooner or later.
There are some blows from which one never quite recovers.
Not fully, at least.
One thing's for sure.
He's no more the kid that got off the coach from Carshall Newtown.
So, you've not noticed anything out of the ordinary.
Nobody following you.
Outside the press?
Nothing like that.
Like what, then?
Look, it's daft.
Last week, Thursday or Friday, maybe, I was in a taxi coming through town and I thought I saw someone I knew from home.
A fella I used to play football with when we were kids.
He married our neighbor's girl.
Only, I was caught in the one-way, right?
(chuckles) And I had the driver go around, but by the time we'd got back, there was no sign.
But do you think it was him?
Aye, he had the look of George, sure.
But I can't think he'd be in town and not call.
It's probably my mistake.
But you said anything out of the ordinary.
♪ ♪ (engine starts) (knocks) I just had a chat with the Forensics boys.
They think the bomb was inside a plain cardboard box wrapped in brown paper and string, on a timer.
No distinguishing features.
Well, that narrows it down a bit.
I've spoken to all the major private services delivering mail in Oxford.
From Friday until today, none of them had any parcels like that for the college.
Bomber must have dropped it off himself, then.
Anything from intelligence on the usual two-bob radicals?
This is Oxford.
Roll a ball down Carfax, you'll hit half-a-dozen agitators.
Ban the Bomb, Make Love, Not War.
They might make a noise, but I can't see any of that lot blowing people up.
Back to the Angry Brigade, then?
Else it's something personal.
Come on, get your coat.
(car engine revs) (birds twittering) (engine stops, removes key) (rock music playing in background) Cecily, get Solly to cut a new pattern for a different model.
I just found out Suki's in the pudding club.
Marta, darling, you make sure you put a bit more into it tonight.
This isn't any old schmutter, this is the Robert Fenner Spring Collection-- that's it!
Take five, girls, take five.
Jackie, darling, all right?
Who's your friend?
Oh, uh, Robert Fenner, Fenner Fashions.
Couturier to the stars and them that'd like to be-- I also happen to be chairman of Oxford Wanderers.
So I understand.
Swift tells me he is to attend some, uh, fashion show tonight.
Tonight's the launch of Fenner Fashions.
Very important Jackie's here.
More important he doesn't get killed.
Don't you think?
(chuckles) Now, I'll need a list of all that are attending.
CECILY: Nobody's going to do anything to him in public, are they?
My good lady wife.
Nothing's going to happen to him with you here, is it?
Tell you what, Cecily, why don't you take Jackie to try his outfit for tonight on?
Any alterations, Solly can take care of it.
CECILY: Of course.
If you'd like to come this way, Jackie.
Let's take a look at that famous inside leg, shall we?
SWIFT: Aye, but I can't be too long about it.
Ray wants me back at the ground for a photo shoot.
(music continues in background) (siren blaring in distance) I had a doctor's appointment at 4:30 on Friday, so I came in a little early this morning to make up the time.
Maggie was already in.
She had the kettle on.
Morning, Miss Newell.
You're in early.
I noticed she had a parcel wrapped in brown paper.
Did you see who it was addressed to?
I noticed it was for the master.
Only they'd written "Stanfield," rather than "Stamfield."
With an N?
I turned away to do something and there was a bright light.
(explosion sound effect plays softly) That's all I remember.
Was everything well between you?
We got on like a house on fire.
STRANGE: How about Professor Stamfield?
With his colleagues and so forth?
No fall-outs there or...?
He had words with Maggie about her timekeeping.
Sometimes she'd only put her nose around the door at quarter or 20 past nine.
Seems silly now.
The things we fret over.
Something like this happens and... ...you wonder why you worry.
Miss Widdowson has a sister, a Mrs. Frida O'Rourke.
I wonder if she knows something.
See if you can run her down, find out what's what, and meet me back at the ranch.
RAY: Despite playing for opposing teams, both Jack Swift and John-Paul Martinelli are delighted to be associated with the launch of the Striker from Grenville Cycles.
(camera shutter clicks) So, any questions?
Yes, I've a question for Mr. Martinelli.
How does it feel to be described as "the next Jack Swift"?
Oh, there's only one Jack Swift.
He's been my hero since I was at school.
DOROTHEA: Now you're up against him on Wednesday.
MARTINELLI: Wanderers will have the home advantage here at the Field.
But Cowley's ready to give it all we've got.
You know, that's the magic of a Cup tie.
Anything can happen.
All right, folks.
Boys have got to get back to their training, haven't they?
So, well, thank you very much.
Come on, then, lad.
(birds twittering) You drew the short straw, then?
(groans) So, what's the plan with Swift?
Well, keep him alive, I suppose.
If the threat's genuine.
Are you all right?
You look a bit peaky.
Oh, I'm fine.
Don't you know him, Swift?
Yeah, I've interviewed him once or twice.
He seems nice enough.
Which isn't something you can say for Ray Jubba, their agent.
Yeah, Swift and John-Paul Martinelli.
(chuckling): Ray Jubba manages them both.
But they play for different sides.
Not for much longer.
Word is Martinelli's looking to transfer from Cowley, and Wanderers are interested.
"The next Jack Swift"?
But the Wanderers have already got Jack Swift.
Why do they need another?
"And slowly answered Arthur from the barge, 'The old order changeth, yielding place to new.'"
Every god has his day, Morse.
♪ ♪ (dryer rumbling) RAY: Don't you think you should tell him?
LOFTHOUSE: I thought he might take it better coming from you.
RAY: You're the manager, Dan.
I'm just his agent.
This is what they pay you for.
LOFTHOUSE: Just let him get the game tomorrow night out of the way.
And you're keeping in touch with your family back home now?
'Cause... ...that's important when you're over here.
Duke Ward said to send his best, by the way.
When did you see Duke?
I spoke to him.
You know, on the phone.
Well, if you've any problems, you just let me know.
And I, uh, I'll see you tonight?
I mean tomorrow, at the game?
Here, you couldn't get me that Cheryl's number, could you?
Fancy her, do you?
(chuckles) I can introduce you.
But some things a man's got to do himself, eh?
♪ ♪ It's okay, this is Jim-- he's a policeman.
STRANGE: Aye-aye, Joanie.
Back on the horse, then?
Dad said you had a time of it.
Oh, did he?
What's the story here?
Just something I got involved with through Welfare.
I'm looking for Frida O'Rourke.
Uniform thought she might've come here.
She one of yours?
What's it about?
A family matter.
Her sister's been killed.
You know her?
Yeah, I know her.
She visited Frida a couple of times.
What happened, an accident, or...?
Hope you're looking after my boy.
He means a lot to me-- hate to see anything happen.
You manage them both, I understand.
Their commercial interests, that's right, endorsements, personal appearances, that sort of thing.
Is it lucrative?
Put it this way.
When Jack lent his name to a range of signature boots, they sold more than half a million in the first season alone.
59 and 11 a pair for the boys', 149 shillings for men's.
Decent screw in any money.
Old or new.
Joan said she'd been by to see you.
She just came by to drop some bits off for the kiddies.
When I left their dad, I...
I had to go quick, and their toys got left behind.
How was she?
Did she seem all right?
Nothing bothering her?
I was going to be maid of honor, and she... (voice breaking): I'm sorry.
It's okay, you're all right.
♪ ♪ (birds twittering) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ I don't suppose you can get me out of this thing tonight with Fenner, can you?
Sorry, Jackie, no can do.
It's, you know, it's all set up and we've got the papers there.
RAY: Right, can you, uh... Could you just look after him?
'Cause I, make a phone call.
He's all right, really.
He's got my best interests at heart.
It's a wonder you get time to play any football at all.
He's not grounds staff.
♪ ♪ If her old man shows up, you know where I am.
And if anything comes to her her sister might've said.
Well, then... (exhales) Mind how you go.
I've got a do coming up.
A ladies' do, in the spring.
A charity evening, dinner dance.
I was wondering...
I don't suppose it'd be up your street?
(chuckles) Somebody let you down?
No, no, no, no, nothing like that.
You're the first person I've asked.
I'll believe you.
(laughs) We're expected to bring someone.
"James Strange and guest."
What about your girlfriend?
I'm between at the minute.
You'd be doing me a favor.
And it's all for a good cause.
7:00 for drinks and canapés.
Sit down's at 8:00.
Pick you up and drop you back, of course.
Nice private hire car, home by midnight.
(laughs) Before I turn into a pumpkin?
(laughs) All right, go on, then.
I'll phone you through with the date.
It's not until May, but, uh... Ta.
♪ ♪ (rock music playing) MC (on speaker): Everyone thought the miniskirt really couldn't go any higher.
But maybe it could.
Because it seems the thigh's the limit for the lovely Louise, as she models a pair of the hottest of hot pants in striped satin.
(rock music continues) These are guaranteed to turn the most everyday behind into a delectable derrière.
MORSE: Would you keep your eye on him for two minutes while I go and see where my support is?
Yeah, on him.
(rock music continues) (door opens) (music continues faintly) (entering number) (phone calling out) MAN: ...but no one's seen him.
I've got everything in place.
(elevator dings) I'll get him at the end of the show.
(phone continues calling out, elevator door opens) (hangs up) (elevator dings) ♪ ♪ Well, I've a list of guests from the hotel, but no names stick out as Irish.
THURSDAY (on phone): Did they say Swift's name?
No, but, "I'll get him at the end of the show."
Who else could they be talking about?
They don't even know if he's going to play in the match.
You sure you haven't got your wires crossed?
Saturday's warning call came from the Plaza Hotel, didn't it?
So, they're here, I know they are.
All right, stand to.
(sighs, hangs up) (audience applauding) Thank you!
Thank you for attending Fenner Fashion's Spring Collection, sponsored by Tressell's Building Contractors.
Now, if I could just ask our style ambassador, Jack Swift, Mr. Golden Boots himself, up on to the stage for a few photos!
Come on, Jackie, don't be shy.
MAN: Right, here we go.
(audience applauding) FENNER: That's it, ladies.
Come on, sir, get a slice.
That's right, straight down there.
There we go, that's right.
(applause continues) That's right.
FENNER: Thank you.
♪ ♪ EAMONN ANDREWS: Hello, how are you?
Jack, sorry to interrupt such a great show, but we have another show for you, as well.
Because tonight, Jack Swift, Oxford Wanderers and Northern Ireland international football striker, this is your life!
("This Is Your Life" theme plays) (crowd cheers and applauds) ("This Is Your Life" theme continues) ANDREWS (on TV): So, Jack, this is your life.
Well, I don't watch much television.
But you must have heard of him!
Well... No harm done, better safe than sorry.
Though I expect you'll get it from uniform when you get back to the nick.
What's the latest on the bombing at Lonsdale?
THURSDAY: Outside of the Angry Brigade, we're coming up short on whether anybody has much against Stamfield or the college.
Well, what about the victim?
She has a sister whose husband knocks her about a bit.
But other than that, the family seems decent.
Fiancé's brokenhearted over it.
ANDREWS: ...has recorded a special message for you now.
SARAH: I remember when you were practicing your football, and you looked up and saw me and gave me that cheeky grin.
But even with all the good luck you've had, you're still the same... And her colleague?
Miss Newell didn't have much to say; Stamfield had a bit of a go at the girl over her timekeeping.
But otherwise, all was hunky-dory.
SARAH: So, have a wonderful night with your family and friends, and I hope to see you soon.
ANDREWS: And she'll be seeing you sooner than you both thought.
You last saw her eight years ago when you were her husband's best man.
But she's here tonight.
Sarah Coyle then, now Sarah Sellars!
(audience applauding) Yes, as Sarah said, you were never that keen on schoolwork, and as our next witness will testify, your eagerness to play football often got you into trouble.
GEORGE SELLARS: It was only a kick-about after school.
But when he got home, Jack was really in hot water.
ANDREWS: Yes, you've not seen him for a while, your school pal and fellow footballing hopeful from Londonderry, you were best man at his wedding, George Sellars!
(audience applauding) So, tell us, George, what sort of trouble did Jack used to get in?
SELLARS: Well, down in the rec, we didn't have a proper goal, so we'd use us jumpers to mark the posts, like.
This one game, he gets his jumper absolutely wrecked.
He knew he'd catch it off his mam, so he borrowed mine.
Did the deception work, Mrs.
No, Eamonn, it didn't!
(audience laughing) It wasn't Jack's name tag that was sewn into the collar of his sweater.
It was George's, so I knew they'd been out and up to no good.
I said to him, "You'll get a clatter off your daddy when he gets home!"
Rest his soul.
Thank you, George Sellars!
(audience applauds) ANDREWS: And before long, your name reached the ears of someone who was to change the course of your life.
A docker friend of your late father who, in his spare time, acted as part-time coach and talent scout for football clubs here in England.
That's right, it's the man who spotted all that young potential, a legendary football scout in Northern Ireland, Marmaduke Ward!
(applauding) Good to see you, Jackie.
ANDREWS: Duke, tell me, what was your reaction when you first saw Jack?
WARD: Well, Eamonn, to tell you the truth, it was terrible-- five-feet-four and less meat on him than a whippet.
But I knew the moment I saw this fella that he could be something very, very special if he put the hard work in and had somebody to take him in hand.
We got him up to the mark and then I had no hesitation in recommending him to the Wanderers.
And, I think you'll agree, he hasn't done too bad so far.
ANDREWS (chuckling): Indeed, he hasn't.
Thank you, Duke Ward.
(audience applauding) ANDREWS: Now, to close tonight, we have someone else who's here to pay tribute to you.
A young man to whom you were a schoolboy hero, and who may himself be facing the kind of adulation you've gotten used to.
MARTINELLI (recording): That's right, Eamonn.
But there's only one Jack Swift.
(chuckling): Yes, that's right.
It's the young striker who's being hailed as the next Jack Swift, Cowley Town center forward and Northern Ireland international John-Paul Martinelli!
(audience applauding) I saw him this morning and he never let on.
ANDREWS: So, John-Paul, what is it you'd like to say to Jack?
Jack, you've been a hero, not just to me, but to thousands of other schoolboys.
And I know everyone back home and here in the U.K. is just so proud of you, and what you've achieved in your career.
(audience members exclaim) Well, hopefully, it's not over yet.
(audience laughs) ANDREWS: Indeed not.
But for now, at least, Jack Swift, this is your life!
(theme music plays, audience applauds) (people talking in background) (champagne cork pops) My playing days are mostly behind me.
Oh, look, here he is, it's Duke.
(chuckling): The unluckiest man in show business.
Now, what was it you made for discovering Jack?
15 quid finder's fee, wasn't it?
On top of the two-pound-ten a week retainer, of course.
No, no, you should come and work for me.
Well, for some of us, it's not about the money.
But then, I wouldn't expect a man like you to know anything about that.
What man like me?
Where were you on the freezing-cold winter mornings I had him out training?
Nowhere, that's where you were.
And yet, you've bled Jack near enough dry.
And now you've got your claws into John-Paul.
So, you're all set to ruin him, too.
You're a grasper.
You make me sick to my stomach.
Hm... All that stamina.
I think that when you come and play for the Wanderers that we're going to be very good friends.
Oh, it's you.
Be a darling and go and fetch me a little drinkie.
I'm a detective sergeant at Thames Valley, Mrs. Fenner.
I'm not a wine waiter.
I'm sure your husband can freshen your glass.
Um, vodka martini, wasn't it, Mrs. Fenner?
No mistaking you for Cupid, is there?
You might have mentioned this.
Oh, well, we were all sworn to secrecy, weren't we?
You knew it was going to happen and you knew there was a threat against his life.
What can I say?
I don't know what this threat business is about any more than you do.
I'm grateful you're looking out for him.
But by this time tomorrow, it'll all be over.
Well, no, the threat was if he played.
He hasn't played yet.
(clears throat) ♪ ♪ Mr. Lofthouse?
The Doncaster Dynamo.
(laughs) I saw you play against Millwall in, uh, '54, was it?
A Cup tie.
I used to take my boy Sam there when he was small.
Before we moved to Oxford, of course.
Come away, let's split.
But what about your family?
It's your party.
They're not here for me.
Hm, right, okay.
Can I get you a drink?
Not right the minute, Georgie.
Are you sure?
'Cause I know Sarah'd love to catch up.
She must've just nipped out to powder her nose.
She'll be back in a minute, I'm sure.
I can't have a late night, George.
I've got a match tomorrow.
Are you staying on for it?
Yeah, of course.
We're all put up at the Plaza.
Your mum and sisters and everyone.
Great, well, we'll do something after, then, okay?
(people talking in background, music playing) (door closes) Home!
(drops keys on shelf) WIN: You're late, Dad!
Work went on.
You missed Sam on the telephone.
I gave him your best.
(keys jangle) All right over there, is it?
(places keys down) With the locals?
He didn't say.
I asked if he was looking after himself.
He said he was.
I'll put the kettle on.
Nothing for me this late.
Here... You'll never guess who I met tonight.
Who, someone we know?
What's he like?
But not as tall as he looks on the telly.
SWIFT: Sorry to drag you away.
I just had to get out.
Sometimes, it takes me like that.
I get tired of it.
Being Jack Swift.
(chuckling): What, the adulation, women, money?
It looks great from the outside.
But everyone wants something.
A signed photo.
A cut of your wages.
To be your friend.
To take them to bed so they can run to the papers about it.
And what do you want?
The love of a good woman.
I had one, too.
And I let her go.
It was put to me I had to choose.
It was her or success at the football.
There's not a day goes by.
(chuckles) And now they want to kill me for it.
(music playing in background) You got a girl?
(smacks lips) Uh, no, no, not, not at the moment.
I could get some company over.
Make a call.
Well, um, I mean, I'm, I'm on duty.
And, uh... And you've got a big game tomorrow.
You should probably get some rest.
To those about to die.
Well, hopefully not!
(both chuckle) No, no, I'll, uh...
I'll just stick to the crossword.
♪ ♪ Yeah.
(birds twittering) BRIGITTE: Get your clothes on and get out, you little bitch!
How dare you!
I'll kill you!
You said it was over!
You walked out!
BRIGITTE: I thought you'd come after me.
Instead, I spent three weeks bored out of my mind at the George V. (doorbell chimes) Which you're paying for!
I'm paying for?!
(laughing) (doorbell continues) And now I come back and find the place filled with your stupid bloody tarts!
BRIGITTE: Don't walk away from me!
I'm your relief.
Bill Shaw, Special Branch.
You'd better get home, get some kip.
You must be beat.
(groans) Is, uh... Is that his piece, is it, the blondie one?
Nice work if you can get it.
And if anyone can get it, he can.
You won't have seen the paper.
It's all over.
If there was no real threat to him before, a headline like that will drag every lunatic out of the woodwork.
(groans) BRIGITTE: And take your bloody rubbish with you!
SWIFT: Let the girl get her knickers on.
First time for everything, eh?
MORSE: Detective Sergeant Bill Shaw, Special Branch.
He'll be looking after you this afternoon.
I'll be back this evening.
"The love of a good woman"?
When did she arrive?
(quietly): First thing.
I did get an early night, like you said.
(sighs): But, well... Breakfast of champions.
♪ ♪ (bell tolling) STAMFIELD: I have already addressed the concerns of John Sarson with him directly.
And as far as college is concerned... (knocks) ...no further action need be taken.
I'm afraid if I don't follow my train of thought to its terminus, I find it difficult to pick up the thread.
Uh, what can I do for you?
We've spoken to Miss Newell at the hospital yesterday.
She's recovering, I trust.
Seems to be.
She says you and Miss Widdowson had words about her timekeeping.
I had to take her to task.
But it wasn't about her timekeeping.
Rather, her poor and haphazard filing.
To be honest, her spelling was not all one might wish.
But, really, that was nothing.
Not nothing to the girl.
She was in tears, apparently.
I perfectly accept I can be a little brusque.
But, truly, I'm not in the habit of reducing my staff to tears.
Whatever upset her that afternoon, it wasn't me.
♪ ♪ STRANGE: Aye-aye, matey.
What's the latest?
We had another go at the master, and another word with his colleagues to see if anyone might want to blow him to kingdom come.
Not an enemy in the world, apparently.
The master of an Oxford college without an enemy?
That would be a miracle.
And what about the bomb?
Regular cardboard box wrapped in brown paper tied with string.
Well, what's left of it-- meant for Stamfield.
Looks to have been a time bomb, according to the Forensics boys.
Dynamite wired up to an alarm clock.
Simple but effective.
And is that consistent with the Angry Brigade's other devices?
I've put a request to the Yard for furthers and betters, but things are moving fast since the Barnet arrest on Saturday, and they're playing their cards close.
What do you make to that?
Bomb lads couldn't say.
Most likely it happened in the explosion.
Residue traces of wax, clay, and some sort of colorant.
You're cutting it fine, aren't you?
What time's kickoff?
Oh, not till 7:30.
Oh, but I'm relieving the Branch man at 6:00.
Right, well, see you there, then.
(spectators cheering and chanting) Oh, there you are!
Where the bloody hell have you been?
Oh, um, sorry, we got caught in the crowd.
Well, never mind the Micks taking a crack at him.
I'll give him the full treatment, he shows up late for the team talk again.
Ball at the back of the net, isn't it, boss?
Same as last week?
I'll be grand from here.
(men cheer and applaud) Morse, I hear, I hear you, uh, enjoyed a night with the stars.
"This Is Your Life," wasn't it?
DCI Thursday said he's very nice.
Though less tall than he appears on the television.
Oh, well, I couldn't say, sir.
Well, your charge should be in safe hands.
Division have permitted an additional 200 officers, besides those who normally cover such a game.
ANNOUNCER (on speaker): A very warm welcome to you on this chilly February evening.
If you're just joining us, we're here at the Field, Oxford Wanderers' home ground, for this fifth-round Cup tie replay against neighbors Cowley Town.
It promises to be a thriller.
♪ ♪ (player calls, crowd shouting) With a strike by Jack Swift, Oxford Wanderers came from a goal behind.
Ah, good evening.
Can he work his particular brand of magic again tonight?
Cowley Town, of course, despite the presence of fabulous young striker John-Paul Martinelli, very much the underdogs.
(crowd shouting) (players grunt, whistle blows) (crowd and players shouting) (grunting, whistle blowing) ANNOUNCER: ...perhaps feeling Swift's tackle was not as clean as it might have been.
(shouting) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ And we are deep into injury time in this second half.
According to my watch, there is less than one minute left to play.
Swift steps up to take what's probably the most important free kick of his career... (audio fading) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (cheers roaring) Yeah!
(crowd roaring) (laughing) ♪ ♪ (whistle blowing) (crowd roaring) And Oxford Wanderers are through to the sixth round of the F.A.
And some supporters are on the pitch now.
We are witnessing scenes here...
Bright to all units, protect the target.
All eyes on Swift.
(crowd roaring and chanting) Have you seen Swift?
LOFTHOUSE: Dressing room, I think.
BRIGHT: We need him out of there.
Get him out of there.
(crowd roaring and chanting) You're sure he got off the pitch?
He was ahead of me, he'll be in the bath by now, if you want to scrub his back.
Look, I'll keep an eye on him, and bring him up to the Clubroom after, yeah?
Well done, lads.
(clapping) Well, the club moved to the Field here at Potter's Lane 1897.
It'd been church land up until the Reformation.
And then after that, one of the colleges here got ahold of it and they leased it back to the town as somewhere to bury their paupers.
So from Potter's Field to the Field, Potter's Lane.
I told you we had nothing to worry about.
I thought he'd have been here by now.
Oh, they'll be having a few drinks, a few laughs.
Getting warm in the bath.
Just young men enjoying a bit of male camaraderie.
Taking bets as to which one of these lovely young ladies is gonna be a notch on their bedpost by morning.
I'm guessing you weren't the sporty type.
More of a bookworm, am I right?
You in need of a refill there, Graham?
This is my dear friend Mr. Tressell.
This is Jackie's bodyguard, Morse.
Uh, you sponsored the fashion show last night.
Graham, may I introduce you to our lady mayoress?
(chuckles) The warp and weft of civic life.
Commerce, too, I should think.
An evening at the football as a guest of the club chairman must be an atmosphere convivial for business.
Oh, well, what can I tell you?
It's good to be king.
Looking for Jackie, Mr. Ward?
I'd leave him be a wee while.
It's not a good time, I don't reckon.
Come on, Jack'll see us in the bar.
♪ ♪ Where's Jack?
I thought you said you were going to bring him up.
I thought he'd come ahead.
♪ ♪ (Brigitte wailing) ♪ ♪ (crying) What is it?
He's in... Oh, my God!
Why weren't you watching him?
♪ ♪ Oh, no... ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ Dead less than two hours.
I don't want to jump the gun ahead of the postmortem, but death would appear to be by drowning.
However, there is also a sizeable wound to the back of cranium.
Could it have been accidental, Doctor?
He slipped, fallen, hit his head, perhaps?
MAX: It's possible, but more likely, the blow knocked him unconscious and he pitched forward into the water.
THURSDAY: A blow from what?
I recovered that from the bath.
Forensics haven't had a go at it yet, but it's the right size and weight to fit the bill.
Number ten, that's, that's Swift's jersey, isn't it?
His girlfriend thought it was Swift, sir.
Easy mistake to make, I suppose, if you're face down in the water.
Then whoever did this-- and presumably we advance from a position of suspecting foul play-- must have made the same error.
Hell of a thing to get wrong.
Well, a room full of steam.
If they came upon him from behind, one can see how such a mistake might be made.
The threat was that Swift would be shot, wasn't it, sir?
Uniform searched everyone coming into the ground for concealed weapons.
Perhaps he had to improvise with whatever was to hand.
Of all things, what was Martinelli doing wearing another man's jersey?
It's not unknown for players to swap shirts, sir.
As a souvenir of their encounter, mark of respect sort of thing.
BRIGHT: A fan, perhaps, angry about the result?
THURSDAY: According to uniform and the ground staff, none of the punters managed to get down here.
The tunnel gate was locked once all the players and officials were safely off the pitch.
Then whoever did for him was already inside the stadium.
What about his teammates, where are they?
The manager and most of the rest've gone their own way.
Those that stuck around for the booze-up are still in the director's box.
Easy for anyone to slip out for five minutes.
And Swift, what does he, what does he say about all this?
We haven't managed to speak to him yet, sir.
I'd have thought he'd be first on your list.
He doesn't appear to be in the building, sir.
So, we have one dead footballer, and one whose life has been threatened now missing!
(sighs): What do you think, Thursday?
Could Swift have done this?
He had a pretty nasty set-to with Martinelli on the pitch.
If they swapped shirts, though, sir, it suggests any differences had been forgotten.
Very well, I'll make my report to Division.
You can brief me on any developments in the morning.
Make a start with statements and particulars from all interested parties, Jim.
(door opens) Set aside any without alibis... (door closes) ...since the end of the match.
When Jack didn't come back with the rest of the boys to the party, I came down here to look for him.
And you didn't see anyone else down there?
Didn't pass anyone on the stairs?
(sniffs) I just saw him, lying there in the water, and thought... You thought that it was Jack.
(cries) ♪ ♪ If somebody wanted to kill Martinelli, there's plenty of other places to do it.
Well, perhaps it wasn't planned.
Maybe it was a spur of the moment.
Martinelli was wearing Jack Swift's jersey, yes, but only someone who'd never seen Jack before could mistake the one for the other.
Even from behind?
Well, I think, if I were an assassin, I'd want to be pretty sure of my target, wouldn't you?
I just can't believe it.
(softly): Thank you.
That lovely young boy.
I was only talking to him after Jack's "This Is Your Life."
You've been here in this Clubroom all evening, have you?
So's Robert-- haven't you?
You haven't left the Clubroom or the Box tonight.
Well, I did have to, you know, wash my hands, but I bumped into Ray, Mr. Jubba, in the gents.
He was attending to his hair, we got talking, made our way back here.
So, you've been in sight of somebody all evening.
That's right, and even if I hadn't been, I'm in the rag trade.
I'm not given to going around murdering young footballers, especially ones I'm about to sign.
♪ ♪ I just come down to tell Jackie well done on the win, you know, but he was having a bit of a row with his man Jubba, so...
I just went back to the do.
George Sellars will tell you, he came back up with me.
You saw Jack Swift?
Well, he had his back to me, but I recognized his shirt, you know.
That wasn't Jack, that was John-Paul Martinelli.
What're you saying?
Is it John-Paul something's happened to, not Jack?
Oh, God, no... Say that's not true.
I don't believe you.
All that talent.
All that skill.
He could've been ten times the player Jack is.
What a waste.
GEORGE: I come down to say well done to Jackie, only I could see he was having a set-to with the bloke that handles his business.
So me and Duke just come back up again.
Except what you're saying now, it wasn't Jack?
No, that's right.
So, you came straight back up here after?
Aye-- well, Duke, uh, Mr. Ward stopped off at the gents for a jimmy, but I'd Jack's mum and that to see to, so I just left him to it.
It was you, you bastard!
What did you do to him?
That wee boy!
What do you mean, what have I done?
I haven't done anything.
I saw you with him!
I thought it was Jackie you were talking to, but it was John-Paul.
Would he not go along with your wee scheme, is that it?
All right now, Duke, that's enough.
What scheme would that be?
They're all in on it.
I'll kill you, you rotten bastard.
(men shouting) Get him out!
Get him out!
I'll bloody kill you!
All right, I'm sorry, I just saw red.
All right, what was that all about?
John-Paul phoned me up before the match.
He wanted to ask my advice.
That Jubba, his agent, or whatever the hell he is, told him that if a chance came up to score tonight, he was to stick it over the top or put it wide.
He should throw the match?
If he wanted to come to the Wanderers, that is.
There's some sort of betting syndicate behind it.
Duke Ward, he's, he's a bitter, washed-up old has-been.
The boys he discovered-- Jack, John-Paul, rest his soul-- made small fortunes, living the high life, and he's, he's...
He's cycling round Ulster in all weathers, still panning for gold.
The other morning, after the photo shoot, I overheard you and Ray Jubba discussing telling someone something after the match.
Who was it and what were you going to tell them?
Well, it's got no bearing on what might have happened to John-Paul.
It can't have.
We'll be the judge of that.
We were talking about putting Jack out on loan to Fulchester, that was all.
Look, there, there's no shame in it.
He's had a good run, 12 years.
He's just... Not what he was.
Which of us is, Mr. Lofthouse?
♪ ♪ Suppose the day that the next man's just that half a yard faster comes to all of us, sooner or later.
I suppose for Swift, Martinelli was that man.
Nobody can outrun time, not even Jack Swift.
You think he could've done it?
SWIFT: Morse, here he is.
(chuckles) Who's this?
This is Detective Chief Inspector Thursday.
So what happened to you?
I couldn't face it.
Don't be mad-- have a drink.
THURSDAY: We can't protect you if you just disappear, Mr.
That's done with, isn't it?
We played the match, nothing happened.
Well, you might have told Miss Eriksson you were leaving.
Sure you know what she's like-- I couldn't.
Where did you go?
Came back here.
Of course alone.
THURSDAY: That looked like a nasty set-to with John-Paul Martinelli.
(chuckling): That cheeky wee sh... That's just the game, you know.
I shook his hand when the whistle went and we swapped shirts.
Then the fans started pouring onto the pitch and we just legged it.
You see him when you got off?
No, I looked for him.
Just to make sure he was all right, like.
Make sure the fans hadn't got to him-- missing that free kick.
He was found earlier this evening in the home team changing room, wearing your shirt.
Oh, my God.
They didn't think that he was me, did they?
Is he shot?
We can't be sure it was a case of mistaken identity, but we do believe that foul play was involved.
Your friend Mr. Ward seemed to think he'd gotten caught up in some kind of racket.
How d'you mean?
Fixing the game.
He got it into his head your agent was involved.
That's just Duke, you don't... You don't want to put anything into what he says.
That's just his way.
(door closes) BRIGITTE: The hell are you playing at?
I've been going out of my mind.
SWIFT: There was no need.
I'm perfectly fine.
You all right minding the shop till the relief gets here?
(murmurs) (door opens) (door closes) (birds chirping) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (doorbell rings) ♪ ♪ You had some excitement last night, didn't you?
Word is, whoever they sent after him got the wrong man.
Well, that presumes it was who they sent after him.
You ask me, I think the whole thing's a bloody wild goose chase.
Perhaps-- coffee's on.
♪ ♪ MORSE (voiceover): I think if I hated someone enough to kill them, I'd know how to spell their name, don't you?
Somebody smart playing the fool?
Smart enough to know that Stamfield wouldn't open his own post, certainly.
There was a Valentine's card.
At her bedsit.
From her fiancé, I took it, Noel Baxter.
No, in the wreckage of her office.
It's possible a girl could have two unknown admirers.
But it'd be handy to know who he was, this other man, don't you think?
♪ ♪ Further to your letter of the third inst., as mentioned in my previous correspondence, the college's position on entertaining... ♪ ♪ Still at the pools?
I've been at the old eight from ten for 35 years and never won so much as a threepenny bit.
Why do you still do it?
I'm an optimist.
I used to do it with Sam when he was small, you know.
He'd study the league results in the paper, who'd won, who'd lost, and, uh, who was due for a draw.
I used to take him down Potter's Lane when we first came to Oxford-- the Field, you know, the Wanderers' ground, watch the home game from the terraces.
It'd be useful to know who Miss Widdowson's other admirer was, don't you think?
Well, we're gonna be tied up with Martinelli.
And if you're gonna be fit for keeping an eye on Swift all night, if I was you, I'd get some kip.
Oh, I'll sleep when I'm dead.
(soft chuckle) ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (picks up paper) ♪ ♪ Did you give your fiancée a Valentine's card?
I was working in Hastings over the weekend, and what with the post being what it is, I dropped it round her flat Monday afternoon on my lunch break.
Dropped it round her flat, yeah?
How did she seem, last time you saw her?
She'd just come into some money, or was about to.
Her great-aunt was very ill, and Maggie said she'd always been her favorite, so...
So she had expectations?
Enough for a deposit on a flat for us, she thought.
It was a relief, as her bedsit had been burgled the week before last.
Not that there was much to take.
She reported it, presumably.
To the police?
I told her to, but she couldn't see the point.
♪ ♪ STAMFIELD: A special service to commemorate the loss of Miss Widdowson will be held on the second Sunday after Septuagesima, and all the academic faculty will be expected to attend.
(switch clicks) Thank you for waiting.
You were here on Monday.
Is, is there news?
I'm afraid not.
I'm just following a few avenues of inquiry.
I wonder, did Miss Widdowson ever talk to you about her personal life?
No, not particularly, I don't recall.
But you knew she was engaged, presumably.
Miss Newell may have mentioned it.
I wonder, did she have any admirers here at college?
(chuckling): If there were, it's not something she ever vouchsafed to me.
I understand in the general scheme of things, she wouldn't ordinarily have been in the office at the time of the explosion.
There isn't an hour goes by I don't reproach myself, believe me.
One can't conduct business with others as if they might be about to die at any moment, but God knows how many times these past few days I've wished I'd never given Miss Widdowson a ticking-off.
♪ ♪ (rattling locked drawer) (opening drawer) (papers shuffling) ♪ ♪ (knock at door, door opens) Forensics came back with a set of dabs on the champagne bottle.
It's a match for one of the sets we took last night.
STRANGE: Not leaving us, Mr. Sellars?
Just seeing Jack's family to the station.
We're gonna need a further statement from you about last night.
Marmaduke Ward, I'm arresting you on suspicion of the murder of John-Paul Martinelli.
♪ ♪ Mr. Sarson?
♪ ♪ She was typing up a paper for you.
There was a Valentine's card recovered from the office.
"One, four, three."
She liked to do the crossword on her way into work, on the 33.
One, four, three.
"I love you."
(mouths) Did she know how you felt about her?
Were you aware she was engaged to be married?
I'd seen her engagement ring, of course.
But... A fella can hope.
(chuckles) When did you leave the card?
Before it got light on Monday.
And how, how did you get into the college?
Came through here, the Fellows' Garden.
There's a gate gives onto the lane.
It's kept shut overnight, but you can snick the lock if you have the knack.
It was already open when I got here.
♪ ♪ (voiceover): Matter of fact, I almost got caught.
♪ ♪ MORSE (voiceover): It was the master?
I didn't see his face, but the lights were on in his rooms, and he was coming out of the office, so I assumed he was just in early to work.
And when you left the Valentine's card, did you notice a brown paper package on Maggie's desk?
I'm sorry, I...
I was so rattled by almost running into old Stammers, my heart was in my mouth, I... Just dropped the card off and ran.
I've stood on the sidelines of football pitches in all weathers.
This playing field.
That youth club.
Nights so freezing-cold, I couldn't feel my hands or feet cycling back home.
All for the game.
(chuckles) All those boys whose early promise never came to anything.
The ones who lacked the nerve.
The ones who would get some girl in the family way and then grind all the hopes that you had for them into the dirt, year in, year out.
(sighs): You wonder what the hell you've done with your life.
And then, one day, you see a boy.
With talent so out of the ordinary that it could only have come from the Almighty.
♪ ♪ You do what you can to take them under your wing, you know?
Train them up.
And then watch them throw it all away on trivial things.
You were afraid history would repeat itself with Martinelli.
I found that boy.
Gave him the world.
I tried to warn him about Ray Jubba, but...
He just turned away from me.
Like I was some... beggarman.
That when you hit him?
We've got your fingerprints on the champagne bottle.
♪ ♪ I took the bottle off him.
He was about to open it.
I said to him, "Is this what you want?
Is this all it means to you?"
I took the bottle off him, but I set it down on the bench by the door on my way out.
♪ ♪ Harm a hair on that wee boy's head?
I'd sooner've cut my own throat.
♪ ♪ (children and Joan talking in background) (brakes squeak softly) (engine stops) ♪ ♪ (exhales) (collects key) Morse.
I'm, uh, I'm, uh, looking for a Mrs. O'Rourke.
Jim came by-- Strange.
Um, she's taken her little girl to the park, but she'll be back soon.
If you wanna wait.
♪ ♪ Uh, do you want a drink?
Bit early for me.
And to be honest, I'd sooner you didn't.
If you're gonna talk to the kids.
It's just most of them have experience of men who reek of booze.
Waste not, want not.
You never used to be so censorious.
Well, you never used to put it away in the middle of the afternoon.
"Put it away in the middle of the afternoon."
Come on, what will be next?
"I'm going back to Mother"?
I feel like I missed something.
Are you sure?
Well, if you did, then it was nothing much.
The "mess" you mentioned when you wrote.
Did you manage to put it right, or... Oh, yes, that all, that all ended as it should.
Morse... What is this place?
Some kind of halfway house?
I don't know it from the council list.
It's not council, just somewhere they can get away to.
If they need help-- somewhere they can be safe.
You're saving the world.
(chuckles) One woman at a time.
♪ ♪ What's she like, Mrs. O'Rourke?
Jim didn't say?
Well, I think Detective Sergeant Strange has many qualities, but I wouldn't rank sensitivity paramount amongst them.
Oh, I don't know, in my experience, he can be quite thoughtful when the occasion demands it.
In your exp... well, you should try living with him.
♪ ♪ I heard he ended up in hospital.
Dad said you saved him.
No, you shouldn't believe everything that you hear.
♪ ♪ And poor Mr.
♪ ♪ Yeah, it was a bad year.
♪ ♪ How was, um... Stevenage.
Thought it might be a new start.
But it turns out children can be just as miserable and neglected there as they can in Oxford.
And with Sam away, I didn't like to leave Mum.
I came back.
♪ ♪ (chuckles) Did Mrs. O'Rourke ever mention a great-aunt of whom she had expectations?
(toy rattles) Not to me.
I really think she should be here if you're gonna go through her things.
I'm not... ...going through her things, I'm just looking.
What was it Miss Widdowson brought for the children?
Just a box of toys and the doll's house, why?
Well, I think she thought someone intended her harm.
Her bedsit was, uh, was broken into last week.
She was burgled?
No, that's, that's not what I said.
I think someone was looking for something, only they didn't find it because she'd hidden it somewhere safe.
♪ ♪ THURSDAY: Professor Stamfield.
May we have a word?
Yes, of course.
You'll have to excuse me, we're still in a state of some disarray after... After the tragedy.
Still managing to keep up with your correspondence, though.
I should think that thing's a godsend, isn't it?
I don't know what I ever did without it.
I'm partial to a gadget, myself.
These, uh, cassette tapes they have now, is it?
My sergeant played me a cassette tape he came by this afternoon.
Be glad of your opinion of it-- Morse?
(opens player) STAMFIELD (on tape): It has come to my attention that undergraduates have been using the Fellows' Garden entrance after curfew.
Not only is this... Mr. Fenner, Master.
Robert, come in, do!
Thank you, Maggie!
Thank you, Maggie.
Or something stronger?
Uh, scotch, if we're celebrating.
I say, this is smart.
I must get me one of these-- testing, testing.
I wouldn't be without it.
Of course, it's no substitute for a pert little secretary on one's lap.
♪ ♪ So... (clears throat) The Field.
The field that Fenner mentions is the Wanderers' home turf.
Now, of course, the team is so called because originally, they shared a ground with any football or rugby club would have them, but in 1897, they were granted a 75-year lease on a field at Potter's Lane by the college that owned the land-- this college.
Which means the lease expires next year.
Worth a bob or two, I should think, the land the stadium sits on.
I can explain.
Let's hope so.
Because as the tape goes on, it sounds like you're conniving with Fenner to make sure the college refuses to renew the Wanderers' lease.
MORSE: Then, presumably after a decent interval, Fenner acquires the land for redevelopment, and you get a fee for services rendered.
(switches player back on) STAMFIELD (on tape): The college must never find out.
FENNER (on tape): I've got as much to lose as you.
If the Wanderers got wind that their chairman had conspired to steal their home ground out from under them, the fans would string me up.
So don't worry, no one will find out.
It's just between you and me.
(tape stops) But, unfortunately, it didn't stay just between you and Fenner, did it?
As she does every afternoon, Maggie Widdowson came in to collect the cassette tape and type up your correspondence.
STAMFIELD (on tape): Is that altogether legal, Robert?
FENNER (on tape): Well, if it was, you wouldn't be in line for 15% kickback on the deal, would you?
She told her fiancé that she was expecting a bequest from a great-aunt.
We spoke to her family.
There was no great-aunt.
Nor was there any windfall due.
MORSE: So... How much did she ask for?
THURSDAY: Is that what she died for?
Against all that you and Fenner stood to make?
I wanted to pay her off.
So why didn't you?
♪ ♪ (players practicing in background) THURSDAY: Swift not training today?
No, no, the, uh, the manager's given him the day off after everything.
MORSE: We've just come from Lonsdale.
Presumably it was Mr. Tressell, the building contractor who sponsored your fashion show, that provided you with the dynamite.
Though I don't suppose he knew it was meant for the bomb you used to kill Maggie Widdowson.
THURSDAY: The country reeling from a spate of bombings by the Angry Brigade, yours might have been taken for the same.
Only this time with fatal consequences.
You can't prove a word of this.
MORSE: Actually, we can.
The fragments that remain of the brown paper that the bomb was wrapped in show that it had been marked with a substance containing wax, clay, and colorant: dressmaker's chalk.
On the same brown paper I'd seen used by your pattern-cutter ahead of your fashion show.
Gonna need more than that.
We've also got the alarm clock you used as a timer.
What's left of it, at least.
Forensics have put it back together.
So there's that.
I've never owned an alarm clock.
Only it matches one in a photograph of Mrs. Fenner taken in your bedroom that appeared in the color supplement.
You must think I'm a fool.
What sort of a man would use materials from work and his wife's own alarm clock to make a bomb?
A very arrogant man.
The kind who thinks an explosion would destroy all evidence that could trace the bomb back to him.
THURSDAY: We also have a confession from your accomplice, of course.
MORSE: Yeah, Professor Stamfield told us that you'd told him you'd leave the hush money that Maggie Widdowson demanded on her desk.
But instead, you left an explosive.
He's a liar.
But you were seen, leaving the master's office in the early hours of the morning by a young man intent on leaving a Valentine card to the woman that you murdered.
The gown and mortarboard was a nice touch.
But no don would be abroad in full academic rig at that time of night.
THURSDAY: What was it?
You thought she'd ask for more?
That's usually the way with blackmailers.
Or did you just wanna make sure her mouth was shut?
Robert Fenner, I'm arresting you for the murder of Maggie Widdowson.
♪ ♪ BRIGHT: They've admitted it?
Both declining to answer on the advice of their lawyers, sir.
Much good that will do when they've already condemned themselves out of their own mouths on the recording.
Taken together with the forensic evidence, can't see any jury giving them the benefit of the doubt.
Well, excellent work.
Sir, are you sure Ward wasn't at the Plaza Hotel on Saturday?
The call was made on Saturday, but none of the guests for "This Is Your Life" were booked into the Plaza till Monday.
Well, that's not entirely correct.
Swift said he saw one of them in town last week.
♪ ♪ (knocks) Detective Sergeant Morse-- Mrs. Sellars?
Chief Inspector Thursday, Thames Valley.
Is your husband here?
No, not at the minute.
Perhaps you could help us.
It's not very convenient.
Oh, we shan't take long.
(door closes) Oh, could you leave that, please?
I've a bad headache.
When did you get to Oxford for the "This Is Your Life" program?
MORSE: You flew in, or...
Yes, the, uh, program sent the... (chuckles): They took care of all that.
And your husband.
When did he get in to Oxford?
He came with me.
Only he was seen here last week.
Is yours a happy marriage, Mrs. Sellars?
I'm as happy as I've always been.
The party after the show the other night, he was jealous.
Of you and Jack Swift?
(laughs): Me and Jack, God, no.
You wore a ring on a chain in the message that you made for him.
I saw that ring this morning at Mr.
We bunked off school and went to Portrush.
This beautiful blue day.
Barry's Amusement Park.
Down the arcade, there were these gumball, Lucky Dip machines.
You put your money in and turn the handle, and it's a surprise, 'cause you don't know what you're gonna get.
Out pops this little plastic egg thing.
We opened it up, and there it was, a heart-shaped ring.
He closed it on my finger and said he loved me.
♪ ♪ I could probably have been Mrs.
We might've had a regular life together.
Only Duke Ward put the finish to it.
He told Jack he wouldn't recommend him for trials over here.
Made it plain-- it was me or football.
THURSDAY: So Jack Swift got fame and fortune, and you got his best friend.
SARAH: I don't know if it's just he wanted something Jack had had or if he felt something for me, but... George asked, and by that stage, I didn't much care one way or another.
Right, so, why was your ring in Mr.
He came to see me, after the match.
(voiceover): When he saw what George had done... Why?
I'll kill him.
Stop, now, stop.
You were always my girl, Sarah.
I never stopped loving you.
I love you still.
Come on, Jack, stop, um...
It's half a lifetime ago.
You're in love with a girl dead and gone these 15 years.
I'm not her anymore, and she's not me.
♪ ♪ Here.
I've held onto it long enough.
Some things you have to let be.
♪ ♪ You should go.
♪ ♪ THURSDAY (voiceover): If Jack Swift wasn't the cause of your husband's jealousy, then who was it?
(clears throat) John-Paul Martinelli.
It was him that your husband was looking for when he ran into Duke Ward, not Jack.
He was a good-looking boy, but it was nothing.
Five minutes in a laundry closet.
A bit of... life.
How'd your husband find out?
Oh, he smelt his aftershave on me.
So what was he doing in Oxford last week?
I don't know.
But he has a gun in the case.
I saw it when he was packing.
Why would your husband have a gun?
SARAH: He doesn't tell me the half of it.
Out with the lads after dark, playing soldiers with the boyos.
THURSDAY: So, you're saying what, he's part of some Loyalist militia?
You think it's just the other side deals in guns and bombs?
You get what you see in the papers, but you've really no idea how things are.
The Order, the Twelfth, the Pipes and Drums, them hating us, us hating them.
Where is he, Mrs. Sellars?
Where's your husband?
(exhales) (doorbell rings) Were you expecting anyone?
(places cards down) (gun fires) Christ, what've you done?
Is he dead?
(Brigitte screams) GEORGE: Shut up!
Brige, be quiet, love.
George, whatever this is, she's no part of it.
Have you gone mad?
By Order of the Brigade Staff...
The bloody Blacknecks?
You've been tried in absentia and found guilty of providing funds... Georgie... ...providing funds to the Provisional Irish Republican Army.
You played in a charity exhibition five-a-side game last year.
Some of the proceeds went to enemies of the Crown.
I must do 50 charity things a year.
I don't know what it's for or where the money goes.
Ray organizes my time, I just turn up and play.
That's too bad.
Wait, wait, wait a minute, please.
Five-a-side was for, uh... Was for youth clubs.
It was for kids who liked football, George.
JACK: Same as we did.
It was for kids.
GEORGE: Catholic kids.
And some part of the money you raised found its way into the Taigs' war chest.
The sentence is death, Jackie.
You tell them I wasn't afraid.
I'll tell them you begged.
MORSE: Then you'll be a liar as well as a killer.
Mission's over, Mr. Sellars.
Do I have to have a massacre here?
No, nobody dies here.
♪ ♪ MORSE: If you kill Jack, all sympathy for your cause will be gone.
It would be an own goal.
Down on your knees, put the gun on the floor.
THURSDAY: On your knees!
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ BRIGHT (voiceover): A plot to murder one of their own, for which their enemy would be held culpable.
Hell of a coup if they pulled it off.
Is this what it's come to, Thursday?
Gunmen roaming the streets, political violence?
Undeclared, perhaps, but war all the same.
Swift crossed these people, upset them in some particular.
I hope you're right, sir.
But it feels more like the start of something than the end.
Pray God you're wrong, Thursday.
I pray God you're wrong.
You all right?
Would you be?
We grew up together.
Is that it?
Are we safe?
Well, at least we know what the plan is now.
If they were to do it again, then they'd have to own it.
And I don't think they have the stomach for that.
I won't live in fear.
Hopefully you won't have to.
But Special Branch will keep a watching brief, just to be sure.
How's your man?
Ah, he's in with a chance, they tell me.
Well, good luck with the, um...
The Football Cup.
(door closes) THURSDAY: Can we make it stick, do you think, for Martinelli?
MORSE: Well, we've motive and opportunity, but the evidence is circumstantial at best.
Taken together with an attempted on Swift, his girl, and the Branch man, might carry some weight.
I can understand Martinelli.
That was jealousy, something personal.
But this, sectarianism.
Maybe we're as much what we hate as what we love.
In the end, we all pick a team.
Or a team picks you.
Not if you're no good at sports.
I was always the last to be chosen.
The one neither side wanted in the team.
I chose you.
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (clicks) ♪ ♪ It's a long way to drive to kill someone, isn't it?
STRANGE: Down the lane a ways is a naturist camp for nudists.
THURSDAY: Or wife.
(gunshot) MORSE: Two shooters in two days by two different killers?
That hardly seems likely, does it?
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