Ever since the late 1980s I was gripped by Inspector Morse. Much better than the books they are so genre-defining that John Thaw became inseparable from Morse and never as convincing as when he was someone else, Kavanagh QC, for instance. Also, all detective programmes pale in significance in comparison. However, while neither of "The Way Through the Woods" and "Daughters of Cain" is anything approaching bad, newcomers are best advised to see the early Morses first. "The Way Through the Woods" is the stronger of the two with "Daughters of Cain" suffering from an obvious hammering home of themes (impecuniosity of colleges and Thames Valley Police alike), acting which does not live up to the generally fantastic quality of Morse, an overplaying of the literary references and a too cosy demeanour between all involved - how I longed for more of the tension between Morse and Lewis and Morse and Chief Superintendent Strange of old. This is a shame because, perhaps uniquely of all the Morses, there is no right answer to part of the plot of who did it. For all the convoluted stories in previous programmes, by the end of the programme the denouement was complete even if one of the characters, normally Lewis or Strange, was left in some degree of confusion. Here there is genuine ambiguity which is nicely highlighted by the fiscal considerations which cause the investigation to conclude prematurely. This make it all the greater a pity that the spikiness and reality (if an Oxford replete with murders can ever be truly realistic) are muted by the various flaws mentioned above. However, the storyline, general production qualities and other attributes are significant enough to make it a vastly more rewarding viewing experience than the vast majority of rival programmes.