List of Inspector Morse episodes

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This is a list of episodes of the British television crime drama Inspector Morse, starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately, for which eight series were broadcast between 1987 and 2000, totalling thirty-three episodes. Although the last five episodes were each broadcast a year apart (two years before the final episode), when released on DVD, they were billed as Series Eight.

Series 1 (1987)[edit]

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1"The Dead of Jericho"Anthony MinghellaAlastair ReidTBA6 January 1987 (1987-01-06)
Anne Stavely, a friend of Morse's, ostensibly commits suicide at her home in Jericho, though Morse is unconvinced. Morse works with Sergeant Lewis for the first time.
2"The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn"Julian MitchellBrian ParkerTBA13 January 1987 (1987-01-13)
The murder of a deaf university entrance examiner leads Morse and Lewis into a possible college cheating scandal.
3"Service of All the Dead"Julian MitchellPeter HammondTBA20 January 1987 (1987-01-20)

A church warden is found with a knife in his chest; and more bodies start to pile up as Morse and Lewis try to catch a dangerous psychopath. Bodies of persons closely linked to St Oswald's where the first murder took place. Morse's gets distracted with a new lady friend, who holds the answers to most of the questions.


Series 2 (1987–8)[edit]

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1"The Wolvercote Tongue"Julian MitchellAlastair ReidTBA25 December 1987 (1987-12-25)
An American tourist is found dead in a hotel room at the Randolph Hotel, apparently from a heart attack. Morse suspects foul play, as a unique Anglo-Saxon artefact belonging to the victim has gone missing.
2"Last Seen Wearing"Thomas ElliceEdward BennettTBA8 March 1988 (1988-03-08)
A schoolgirl has been missing for six months and Morse is convinced she is dead. The school girl is the daughter of a very influential business man in the area. However he and Lewis discover some disturbing facts about one of the schools she attended. But before he can solve the mystery, another murder happens. No one really knows what happens in the school, Homewood and no ones seems to know where she could have gone. Morse and Lewis investigation brings them to all the past and present teachers and students who knew her.
3"The Settling of the Sun"Charles WoodPeter HammondTBA15 March 1988 (1988-03-15)
Morse is called on to solve the murder of a Japanese student, one of a group of foreign students with whom he had attended dinner.
4"Last Bus to Woodstock"Michael WilcoxPeter DuffellTBA22 March 1988 (1988-03-22)
Morse investigates the murder of an 18-year-old woman, Sylvia Kane found dead in a pub car park, where she was late in meeting her date. In her possession, they found an envelope with a secret coded message which was addressed to the dead woman's co-worker, Jennifer Coleby, who also has secrets of her own. Several relationships and connections needed to be established by Morse & Lewis to find the real killer.

Series 3 (1989)[edit]

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1"Ghost in the Machine"Julian MitchellHerbert WiseTBA4 January 1989 (1989-01-04)
Valuable paintings are stolen from a stately home, Hanbury House, and Sir Julius Hanbury, the owner, is missing. After Morse finds Sir Julius's body in his private chapel, he and Lewis are involved in a near car accident that results in a fatality. Lewis notices the brake line is cut and the driver of the car has a note on him in response to a blackmail threat.
2"The Last Enemy"Peter BuckmanJames ScottTBA11 January 1989 (1989-01-11)
The torso of a man is found floating in a canal at Thrupp. An old university friend of Morse's, and now the Master of the Oxford college Beaumont, Sir Alexander Reece, asks Morse to investigate the disappearance of the Deputy Master.
3"Deceived by Flight"Anthony MinghellaAnthony SimmonsTBA18 January 1989 (1989-01-18)
An old college roommate of Morse's, Anthony Donn, comes to Oxford for a cricket match and calls Morse after twenty years and wants to get together and talk. Morse soon gets distracted by a case where three people are killed in a hate crime in the fire bombing of a very liberal bookstore. Donn, who obviously had something on his mind to talk about with Morse, then turns up dead in his college lodging. Lewis replaces Donn on the cricket team, the Clarets, to go undercover. A cricket match between the Clarets and the Hearties, organized by another former college companion of Morse's, Roly Marshall, is disrupted when Peter Foster is found murdered in the changing rooms, stabbed in the chest with a pair of scissors.
4"The Secret of Bay 5B"Alma CullenJim GoddardTBA25 January 1989 (1989-01-25)
A murder at a multi-storey car park uncovers a crime of passion involving a jealous husband, his wife, and her lover.

Series 4 (1990)[edit]

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1"The Infernal Serpent"Alma CullenJohn MaddenTBA3 January 1990 (1990-01-03)
The death of a senior fellow outside his Oxford college of Beaufort during an apparent mugging leads Morse to suspect the prominent environmentalist was killed because of his beliefs. At the same time, Morse senses there's more than a prank behind the mysterious packages being sent to Master Matthew Copley-Barnes.
2"The Sins of the Fathers"Jeremy BurnhamPeter HammondTBA10 January 1990 (1990-01-10)
Morse and Lewis investigate whether two murders at a family brewery are linked to a proposed takeover bid.
3"Driven to Distraction"Anthony MinghellaSandy JohnsonTBA17 January 1990 (1990-01-17)
A serial killer has brutally murdered two women separately in Oxford. Commonalities in the murders lead Morse to the owner of a car dealership as the suspect.
4"Masonic Mysteries"Julian MitchellDanny BoyleTBA24 January 1990 (1990-01-24)
Morse becomes the prime suspect when a friend is murdered at a dress rehearsal of Mozart's The Magic Flute, and he is found holding her with a knife in his hand. It soon becomes apparent that one of his old adversaries, Hugo De Vries, is trying to implicate him.

Series 5 (1991)[edit]

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1"Second Time Around"Daniel BoyleAdrian ShergoldTBA20 February 1991 (1991-02-20)
A highly thought-of and distinguished senior officer, Charlie Hillian, has just retired and is writing a book about his biggest cases. During the night after he received an OBE, Hillian is killed in a struggle in his rural Oxfordshire home. The notes for one chapter of his forthcoming book are missing, the only case in the book which Hillian and his then DS, Patrick Dawson, is unsolved. That case involved the murder of an eight-year-old girl, Mary Lapsley, and it appears that someone wants that chapter to be unpublished.
2"Fat Chance"Alma CullenRoy BattersbyTBA27 February 1991 (1991-02-27)
The death of a promising feminist cleric highlights a furious Ecclesiastical battle of the sexes that Morse discovers is somehow connected with a weight-loss medication.
3"Who Killed Harry Field?"Geoffrey CaseColin GreggTBA13 March 1991 (1991-03-13)
Local artist, restorer and bon viveur Harry Field is murdered but who would want to kill a mediocrity? Lewis considers applying for a promotion to Inspector, to the obvious dismay of Morse.
4"Greeks Bearing Gifts"Peter NicholsAdrian ShergoldTBA20 March 1991 (1991-03-20)
A Greek restaurateur is murdered; his sister, accompanied by her baby, comes to Oxford for the funeral. The sister vanishes, and her baby is then kidnapped. Somehow, both are connected with a reconstructed Hellenic trireme.[nb 1]
5"Promised Land"Julian MitchellJohn MaddenTBA27 March 1991 (1991-03-27)
Morse and Lewis travel to Australia to re-interview a man who has become a protected witness after he testified against a mobster. Questions about the validity of the case arose in England, and now the informant may be in danger.

Series 6 (1992)[edit]

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1"Dead on Time"Daniel BoyleJohn MaddenTBA26 February 1992 (1992-02-26)
When Henry Fallon, an Oxford don, commits suicide, Morse discovers he has a painful link with the man's widow, Susan.
2"Happy Families"Daniel BoyleAdrian ShergoldTBA11 March 1992 (1992-03-11)
Morse becomes the victim of a hate campaign by the press as he investigates the death of a cruel, boorish industrialist.
3"The Death of the Self"Alma CullenColin GreggTBA25 March 1992 (1992-03-25)
Morse and Lewis investigate the apparently accidental death of a wealthy tourist in Italy and uncover an antiquities smuggling racket.
4"Absolute Conviction"John BrownAntonia BirdTBA8 April 1992 (1992-04-08)
Lawrence Cryer, convicted of real estate fraud, is found dead in a cell at the minimum security prison, Farnleigh. Morse, Lewis and D.S. Cheetham question various inmates, including Cryer's former partners, Bailey and Thornton, who are also incarcerated at Farnleigh and various victims of the fraud. The Farnleigh governor, Hillary Stevens, is also questioned. An inmate, Charlie Bennett, incarcerated for murdering his wife, is suspected of being the perpetrator.
5"Cherubim and Seraphim"Julian MitchellDanny BoyleTBA15 April 1992 (1992-04-15)
Teen suicides, one of which is Morse's niece, are being linked to the local rave scene. As part of his preparation for the inspector exam, Lewis is temporarily assigned to another inspector who works strictly by the book.

Series 7 (1993)[edit]

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1"Deadly Slumber"Daniel BoyleStuart OrmeTBA6 January 1993 (1993-01-06)
Matthew Brewster, owner of a private clinic, is found dead in his garage with the car engine running. The pathologist discovers he was murdered. Morse and Lewis question the dead man's wife and son. They uncover that Michael Steppings threatened the victim; Steppings' daughter was declared brain dead while undergoing simple surgery at the clinic. Steppings is interrogated for the murder, and is released when Morse substantiates his alibi. Meanwhile, Lewis discovers Wendy Hazlitt, a nurse at the clinic, had an affair with Matthew Brewster. He also uncovers a set of anonymous threatening letters, using words clipped from newspapers and magazines, which have been sent to the victim. Forensic examinations reveal that one of the letters has been tampered with, and that an extra death-threat has been added, using glue different from that used on the other letter - and on all the other letters. Morse's investigation leads to the victim's son and his belief that thr son was blackmailing the victim. Morse accompanies Steppings to visit his comatose daughter in hospital, where she is being kept on life-support. He discovers that Steppings has surrounded her hospital bed with family photographs and her favourite toys. Later, whilst is in custody being questioned, Steppings asks Morse to keep vigil on his daughter, as he has never missed a day of seeing her since the injury. Feeling that Steppings may not be the murderer, and liking the man's apparent humanity, Morse decides to honour Steppings's request. Later, when Steppings is able to resume visiting his daughter, he finds fresh flowers by her bedside - which leads Morse to realise that everything hinges on the cruel injury caused to Steppings's daughter, and those responsible for this injury.
2"The Day of the Devil"Daniel BoyleStephen WhittakerTBA13 January 1993 (1993-01-13)
John Peter Barrie, a convicted rapist and devil worshipper, escapes from a prison infirmary by eluding the authorities with several disguises. Morse and Lewis begin a manhunt in an attempt to track him down. They question his prison therapist, Doctor Esther Martin, and Humphrey Appleton, a priest and an expert in the occult, who provides them with information on Barrie's state of mind. Meanwhile, Barrie abducts Holly Trevors, wife of Steven Trevors, an odd-job man working for Oxford college, but releases her. Barrie then demands to meet with Dr. Martin on Lammas day, a pagan day of ritual fire. Lewis visits an Occult bookshop, where he finds that one of their regular customers is a colleague of Steven Trevors. Morse begins to suspect that someone is helping Barrie, after witness statements reveal that his disguises involve professional theatrical make-up. Meanwhile, Steven Trevors's fingerprints are discovered, previously unidentified, on the police data base from an earlier unsolved crime, which is linked to Barrie. On Lammas Day, a group of devil-worshippers are celebrating a Black Mass, when they are suddenly surrounded by a ring of fire, and Steven Trevors is burned alive. The mystery deepens when Barrie's much earlier connection to his prison therapist is revealed.
3"Twilight of the Gods"Julian MitchellHerbert WiseTBA20 January 1993 (1993-01-20)
Neville Grimshaw, an investigative journalist, is found shot dead. Opera diva Gwladys Probert, is shot by a sniper during an academic procession which is witnessed by Morse and Lewis. Morse and Lewis discover that Grimshaw was investigating Andrew Baydon, a prospective major benefactor of the college. An investigation finds that the two shootings are related. Baydon, a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp, is revealed as a collaborator and guard, and Morse suspects that he ordered the killing of Grimshaw, which leads him to realise that Victor Ignotas, a survivor of the same camp, may have unintentionally shot Probert whilst attempting to kill Baydon.

Series 8 (1995-2000)[edit]

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1"The Way Through the Woods"Russell LewisJohn MaddenTBA29 November 1995 (1995-11-29)
Stephen Parnell, who confessed to murdering five people, is killed in prison, but in his dying declaration, he claims that he did not kill the last victim, Karen Anderson. Morse discovers that the murders were first investigated by DCI Martin Johnson and Lewis the previous summer, but that Karen Anderson's body has never been found. Morse becomes convinced that Johnson overlooked key evidence, and that Karen Anderson's body has been buried in Wytham Woods, and not in Blenheim Lake, as Parnell had stated in his confession. Morse questions George Daley, a witness who found Anderson's overnight bag a week after she disappeared, and turned it over to the police. The next day, Daley is found shot to death in one of the gardens at Blenheim Palace, and Morse is put in charge because Strange feels that Johnson may have cut corners in the investigation. Morse and Lewis then interview Dr. Alan Hardinge, the bursar of Lonsdale College; Dave Michaels, the groundskeeper of Wytham Woods; and Margaret and Philip Daley, the wife and son of George Daley. When they question Mrs. Daley and her son, they touch upon some photos found on Karen Anderson's camera. Lewis identifies the location in one of the photos as Park Town, which leads them to Alisdair McBryde, a local resident. McBryde identifies Dr. James Myton, a South African doctor, who seems to have fled the country mid-way through his rental of a local flat and appears in two of the photos. Morse and Lewis discover that McBryde and Myton had encouraged Karen Anderson to take nude photographs for them on the day before she went missing. A search of Myton's flat leads Morse to convince Strange to let him search Wytham Woods. When the search turns up some skeletal remains, Morse is convinced that Karen Anderson has been found.
2"The Daughters of Cain"Julian MitchellHerbert WiseTBA27 November 1996 (1996-11-27)
Dr. Felix McClure, a retired university don, is found stabbed to death in his apartment. The phone number of "Kay" is found in McClure's notes. Morse and Lewis begin investigating McClure's college associates and students. These include Ted Brooks, his former scout, who was sacked by McClure for apparent drug dealing; Matthew Rodway, a student who died in questionable circumstances; and Ashley Davies, another student and friend of Rodway, who trains racehorses at Seven Barrows near Lambourn, and was rusticated by McClure. They discover that Ted Brooks has physically and emotionally abused his wife, Brenda, for years. Brenda's daughter, Kay, who is a high-class escort and is engaged to Ashley, has also been abused by her stepfather, Ted, when she lived at home. Morse interviews Kay about her relationship with Felix and Ted. Morse also questions Julia Stevens, a school teacher and very close friend of Brenda, who is dying of a brain tumor. Morse suspects Ted Brooks killed McClure because McClure had discovered Ted was selling drugs to the students again. Ted disappears from his house and his body is found in a nearby river. Brenda Brooks confesses to destroying evidence that incriminates her husband in the death of McClure. Morse and Lewis disagree on whether to search for a possible accomplice, who they suspect must have helped Brenda dispose of the evidence. Morse is convinced Kay, Julia and Brenda were involved in Ted's disappearance and murder; there's just one hitch - no evidence to prove his theory.
3"Death Is Now My Neighbour"Julian MitchellCharles BeesonTBA19 November 1997 (1997-11-19)
Rachel James, a physiotherapist, is shot through a window of her own home whilst drawing the blinds one Friday morning. Meanwhile, Dr. Julian Storrs and Denis Cornford are two candidates locked in an intense rivalry for Master of Lonsdale College, to replace Sir Clixby Bream. Morse and Lewis begin the investigation by interviewing her neighbours and the clinic where she worked. Morse soon establishes that Julian Storrs gave Rachel a Valentine's card found in her possession, and was having an affair with her at the time of her death. Morse also learns from Storrs that Denis Cornford and Adele Cecil, a neighbour of Rachel’s, were once lovers. The following morning, Geoffrey Owens, Rachel's neighbour, is found shot dead in his flat in similar circumstances. Because there is no Number 13, Morse concludes that Rachel James is mistakenly killed and Geoffrey Owens had been the intended victim. Morse also uncovers that Owens supplemented his reporter's income by blackmailing unknown victims. Among Owens's papers, Morse finds a slip of paper in a file with an article he had written about the retirement of Bream. Morse's trawl through the archives leads him onto a case where housewife Alice Martin and her daughter Debra shot Alice's husband Kenneth, a wealthy businessman, and then burned him on his yacht, because he was going to run off with a younger woman. Morse finds out that Alice and Debra changed their names to Angela and Diane Cullingham, to avoid the stain of their past following them - and that Angela Cullingham has since become Angela Storrs.
4"The Wench Is Dead"Malcolm BradburyRobert Knights12.39m[2]11 November 1998 (1998-11-11)
Morse and Strange attend an exhibit entitled "Criminal Oxford", but during a lecture by Dr. Millicent Van Buren, a visiting professor from Boston University, Morse starts to feel ill, and is later found by Strange collapsed on the lavatory floor. While hospitalised, Morse is diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer, which his doctor ascribes to his excessive consumption of alcohol. To pass the time in his recovery, he reads Van Buren's book on Victorian investigation techniques, which details the 1859 murder of Joanna Franks, whose body was found floating in the Oxford Canal. Rory Oldfield and Alfred Musson, two boatmen on a fly-boat Joanna was traveling on, were convicted of the murder and hanged; another, Walter Towns, received a last-minute commutation to transportation for life. However, Morse comes to believe that the men did not kill Joanna, and were victims of a miscarriage of justice. With the assistance of Adele Cecil and Constable Adrian Kershaw, Morse uncovers several inconsistencies in the trial. For instance, Joanna had accused the boatmen of being rude and drunk, but was later seen drinking and smiling with them. A fourth boatman on the fly-boat, a teenager who was not charged, testified for the prosecution. The size of Joanna's shoes fit improperly with the length of her dress, which had been altered, and her drawers, which had been described as torn or ripped, were actually cut with a knife deliberately. Kershaw investigates the insurance payment to Charles Franks, and discovers that Joanna had insured herself, and that payment of £300 was made in full to Charles Franks. Although Morse is unable to exhume Joanna's body, he travels to Bertraghboy Bay, on the west coast of Ireland, to open the grave of Frank Donavan. When the coffin is opened, there are no human remains. Morse figures out that Donald "Don" Favant, a passerby when the body was found, and Charles Franks, are aliases derived from Frank Donavan. Don Favant is an anagram of FT Donavan.
5"The Remorseful Day"Stephen ChurchettJack Gold13.66m[2]15 November 2000 (2000-11-15)
Yvonne Harrison is found by her husband Frank, having been murdered and left in a sexually compromising position. Morse after no progress is taken off the case after two months, then an anonymous letter suggesting that Harry Repp, who is to be released from prison, may be the perpetrator. Because of Morse's failing health has Lewis assuming a more active role. Paddy Flynn, the cab driver who drove Frank Harrison to his home on the night of the murder, is found dead in a local rubbish dump. Harry Repp is also found dead, in the boot of a stolen car. A local lothario, John Barron, is killed in a fall from a ladder. It is revealed that the three men had been blackmailing whoever killed Yvonne, and it is speculated that Barron killed the other two so that he could keep the blackmail money for himself. Yvonne's son, Simon, is questioned in Barron's death, but then a teenage boy admits to having caused Barron to fall off the ladder by crashing into it with his bicycle. It is revealed that Sandra Harrison has killed her mother in a jealous rage over John Barron. The teenage boy was actually Frank's illegitimate son, Roy, who had lied to the police in order to get Simon off the hook for killing Barron. Just after uncovering the truth, Morse collapses from a heart attack and later dies in hospital.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This episode caused a question to be raised in Parliament by Lord Jenkins of Putney regarding the legality of employing a baby, and how it was induced to cry at the right moment.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Inspector Morse" TV Programme". Hansard Lords Sitting, UK Parliament. 25 April 1991. 
  2. ^ a b "Weekly Top 30 programmes". BARB. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Leonard, Bill (2004). The Oxford of Inspector Morse. BFS Entertainment & Multimedia Limited. p. 77. ISBN 0-7792-0754-8.