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.
Service of All the Dead (December 20 - Part 1 & December 27 - Part 2 )
Harry Josephs, the church warden of a small parish church is murdered there during a service, and Morse is called in. He discovers that a tramp who was though to be the vicar's brother was seen in the vicinity, and has now disappeared. When Morse & Lewis come to the church to question the vicar, he throws himself off the tower. Then the bodies start piling up, and the chase is on, but Lewis discovers that Morse doesn't have a head for heights.
The Wolvercote Tongue (January 3 - Part 1 & January 10 - Part 2----2014)
When a wealthy American tourist is found dead in her hotel, apparently from a heart attack, Morse suspects that it was not that simple. She was due to return a valuable archaeological piece to an Oxford museum, and it is missing. The most obvious suspect suddenly disappears, and then one of the tourist party's lecturers turns up in the River Cherwell.
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