MASTERPIECE MYSTERY: MORSE
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John Thaw stars as a most unlikely detective in the massively popular, award-winning series of murder mysteries. Widely acclaimed by critics, the series attracts millions of viewers worldwide. Oxford's most famous export, the unique character of Inspector Endeavour Morse, has proven to be one of the world's most popular detective dramas.
Stolen paintings, missing professors, an apparent suicide and a strangled playboy are among the baffling cases that Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis face in this third season of Inspector Morse.
The series features many distinguished actors including Sir John Gielgud (Hamlet, Elizabeth), Simon Callow (Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral), Liz Hurley (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me), Julia Sawalha (Absolutely Fabulous), Sean Bean (Sharpe, GoldenEye), Jonathan Firth (An Ideal Husband) and Richard Wilson (One Foot in the Grave). Based on characters created by Colin Dexter, writers include Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), Julian Mitchell (Staying On) and Charles Wood (An Awfully Big Adventure). Among the many celebrated directors who have worked on Morse are Danny Boyle (Trainspotting), Adrian Shergold (Holding On) and Antonia Bird (Priest).
John Thaw, Morse mastermind Colin Dexter, MYSTERY! executive producer Rebecca Eaton, and others reminisce about the cranky-but-brilliant Chief Inspector's 13-year career.
This special tribute to Oxford's favorite (fictional) son features reminiscences from actors John Thaw and Kevin Whately; novelist Colin Dexter; and long-time Morse executive producers, Ted Childs and Rebecca Eaton.Also interviewed: John Madden (director), Anthony Minghella (writer), Joanna David (actor), and Barrington Pheloung (composer).
Read Ron Miller's Case Book Finding the Perfect Exit for a Great Detective to learn more about author Colin Dexter's thoughts on Morse's last case.
The Sins of the Father (July 18 - Part 1 & July 25 - Part 2)
Called in to investigate the murder of Trevor Tadford, the managing director, at the family-run Radford Brewery Morse becomes immersed in the complex internal politics of the Radford family and the mystery surrounding a hostile take-over bid for the brewery by a conglomerate, Farmers of Banbury, run by Morse's old friend George Linacre.
Infernal Serpent (August 1 - Part 1 & August 8 - Part 2)
Morse investigates the tangled web of evidence surrounding the mysterious death of an eminent environmentalist, killed just minutes before her was to give a controversial lecture at Oxford's Beauifort College. He finds skeletons can be hidden in even the most respectable of academic families, as well as conflicts of interest between academic sponsors and the work of the college.
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