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.
Death of the Self (April 18 - Part 1 & April 25 - 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 delights in being there and is entranced by the glamorous opera singer Nicole Burgess, but Lewis just wants to go home.
Ghost in the Machine (May 2 - Part 1 & May 9 - Part 2)
Morse and Lewis are sent to investigate the apparent burglary of some erotic paintings belonging to a local baronet, Sir Julius Hanbury, who also seems to have disappeared during the election of the new Master of Courtney College, for which he is a candidate. When Morse discovers his body, it at first looks like murder, but then the new pathologist, Dr Russell, suggests it may have been suicide. Then there is a real murder, but what is the connection with the first death?
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