Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Cherubim & Seraphim 

A new drug developed to combat senility is ironically being distributed to teens at all-night parties and driving some to suicide.


Danny Boyle


Colin Dexter (characters), Julian Mitchell




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Liza Walker Liza Walker ... Vicky Wilson
Jason Isaacs ... Dr. Desmond Collier
Charlotte Chatton ... Marilyn Garrett
Charlie Caine Charlie Caine ... Charlie Paget
Anna Chancellor ... Sally Smith
Freddie Brooks Freddie Brooks ... Jacko Lever
Sorcha Cusack ... Joyce Garrett
Edwina Day Edwina Day ... Gwen Morse
Celia Moore Celia Moore ... Nurse (as Celia Blaker)
Matt Terdre ... Ken Lewis (as Matthew Terdre)
Glen Mead Glen Mead ... Wayne Garrett
Phillip Joseph Phillip Joseph ... Keith Garrett
Isla Blair ... Janey Wilson


Personal tragedy strikes as Morse's niece, Marilyn Garrett, commits suicide. Morse was very fond of her and had hopes that she would accomplish many of the things he had not done in his life. While Morse is away on personal leave, Lewis is studying for his inspector's exams and is temporarily assigned to Chief Inspector Holroyd, a by-the-book type of officer. They investigate the death of a young man who had been walking in a tunnel and was struck and killed by a train. When Morse and Lewis are reteamed, they see similarities in the cases and look into the possibility of drug use at all-night dance parties in the area. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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When Morse says "Man was born free but everywhere he is in the property chain" he is intentionally misquoting Jean-Jacques Rousseau in The Social Contract: "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains." See more »


The sergeant on the drugs squad shows Morse the drugs that she confiscated from the dealer after booking him in at the police station. The drugs are in small plastic bags, as would be necessary for the dealer to carry them around, but these are not police evidence bags. This means that the evidence has not been sealed and would be inadmissible in court, even at the time when the episode was set. See more »


[first lines]
Vicky Wilson: Johnny, where're you going?
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Three-part episode sliced down to 2- part episode ?
27 August 2015 | by jasedaySee all my reviews

Cherubim and Seraphim might be my favorite Morse show. I'll never know because its clear that there were three parts of material, but the powers that be slashed it down to two episodes, That led to an unusually poor conclusion and numerous loose ends. Does a "director's cut" exist?

The plot takes a while to develop, but once it does it bifurcates into a combination of pharmaceutical experimentation and medical ethics, and the drama of teenagers exposed to a new form of Ecstasy meant for seniors. It turns out be a great high but have very depressing after-affects on teenagers.

Morse's niece commits suicide very unexpectedly, as does another teen. Morse learns about the Rave scene and tries to save a girlfriend of his niece who is the thrall of the drug.

The twin plot lines never meet. Morse vows to find his niece's "murderer" and seems to suspect the scientist. But the third part of the show was never made.

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15 April 1992 (UK) See more »

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