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Season 05, Episode 01 A New Lease of Death: Part One

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Sep 28, 1991
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A New Lease of Death: Part One Sep 28, 1991 A local clergyman is anxious to re-open a thirty-year-old murder case, which resulted in Harry Painter being hanged for the axe-murder of an elderly woman. Wexford himself, as a young detective sergeant, helped to convict Painter, and he has to face the possibility that the wrong man was hanged.

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Season 05, Episode 02 A New Lease of Death: Part Two

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Oct 5, 1991
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A New Lease of Death: Part Two Oct 5, 1991 Could Wexford have helped convict an innocent man who was then hanged? The daughter refuses to marry unless her father is cleared. Her fiance and his father pursue the truth though Wexford refuses to help.

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Season 05, Episode 03 A New Lease of Death: Part Three

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Oct 12, 1991
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A New Lease of Death: Part Three Oct 12, 1991 Wexford is somewhat shaken by discoveries in the old murder case but remains convinced he got the right man. The final solution exposes the secret kept by the convicted murderer's widow.

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Season 05, Episode 04 Murder Being Once Done: Part One

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Oct 19, 1991
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Murder Being Once Done: Part One Oct 19, 1991 Wexford is staying in London with his nephew Howard, a police superintendent, convalescing from over-work and under doctor's orders to drink only water. He is supposed to be resting, but he is bored, and his nephew is dealing with a fascinating murder case. The body of a young woman, Loveday Morgan, was found in Kenbourne Vale Cemetery, strangled with a silk scarf, and the only things in her handbag were a photograph and two telephone numbers. It appears that she had no money and was living under a false name. Wexford, keen to get out and about, is drawn to the case. His unofficial investigation uncovers a story of adoption and parental love.

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Season 05, Episode 05 Murder Being Once Done: Part Two

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Oct 26, 1991
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Murder Being Once Done: Part Two Oct 26, 1991

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Season 05, Episode 06 Murder Being Once Done: Part Three

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Nov 3, 1991
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Murder Being Once Done: Part Three Nov 3, 1991

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Season 05, Episode 07 From Doon with Death: Part One

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Nov 10, 1991
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From Doon with Death: Part One Nov 10, 1991 Margaret Parsons, a fairly ordinary housewife who, with her water board official husband Ron, has recently moved to Kingsmarkham, is found murdered in a field. Mrs. Parsons led an extremely uneventful life, being a lay preacher, but Inspector Wexford is intrigued when he is looking through her belongings and fine a number of expensive antique books all inscribed 'From Doon to Minna'.Who is Doon?

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Season 05, Episode 08 From Doon with Death: Part Two

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Nov 17, 1991
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From Doon with Death: Part Two Nov 17, 1991 Although Mr. Parsons is under the impression that he and his wife knew nobody in Kingsmarkham it turns out that Margaret had two school acquaintances in the town, Helen Missal and Fabia Quadrant, who are now both married to very wealthy men. Wexford assumes that one of these men is Doon, and was having an affair with the victim, but appearances can be deceptive

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Season 05, Episode 09 Means of Evil: Part One

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Nov 24, 1991
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Means of Evil: Part One Nov 24, 1991 Inspector Wexford is confronted with a murder in a vegetarian family and wonders how many kinds of mushrooms there are.

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Season 05, Episode 10 Means of Evil: Part Two

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Dec 1, 1991
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Means of Evil: Part Two Dec 1, 1991

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Season 05, Episode 11 Achilles Heel

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Dec 26, 1991
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Achilles Heel Dec 26, 1991 When Wexford and Burden go on a holiday to France together with their wives, they meet an alluring English couple. Reg becomes transfixed by the wife, and is shocked when he gets back home to hear she has been kidnapped.

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