This attempt to create Morse at an earlier date fails on several levels. To start with the actor chosen would never in a millenia be confused with John Thaw, but enough of trifles. Secondly the detective work is second only to Sherlock Holmes in it's masterful ability to find clues from the ether and transform them into definitive explanations of the killers motives. And all in the last five minutes! Lastly it boasts the most adamantine popinjay character as Chief of Police as ever graced TV. It's a nice period piece, but otherwise a typically British piece of fluff. Stylish with little substance.