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).
Episodes Airing:The Death of the Self (May 24 - Part 1 & May 31 - Part 2)
The strange death of an Englishwoman abroad takes Morse & Lewis to the beautiful city of Verona in northern Italy, famed for its open-air stagings of operas in its ancient amphitheater. Morse delight in being there and is entranced by the glamorous opera singer Nicole Burgess, but Lewis just wants to go home.
The Ghost in the Machine (June 14 - Part 1 & June 21 - Part 2)
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, Lewis notices that a fatal car accident is caused when the brake line has been cut, and the driver of the car has a reply on him in response to a blackmail threat.
The Last Enemy (June 28 - Part 1 & July 5 - Part 2)
The torso of a man (missing the head, lower legs and forearms), 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. Based on The Riddle of the Third Mile.
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