Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Promised Land 

Morse and Lewis go to Australia to find a witness who has been in witness protection for ten years, but this is one witness who doesn't want to be found.


John Madden


Colin Dexter (characters), Julian Mitchell

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
James Grout ... Chief Superintendent Strange
Con O'Neill ... Paul Matthews
Philip Anthony Philip Anthony ... Newspaper Editor
Kevin Leslie Kevin Leslie ... Barman
Bill Young ... Farmer in Ute
Vanessa Patterson Vanessa Patterson ... Karen Harding
Rhondda Findleton ... Anne Harding
Marie Armstrong Marie Armstrong ... Sash - Nursing Home Matron
John Jarratt ... Sergeant Scott Humphries
Maureen Green Maureen Green ... Sal - Nurse
Noah Taylor ... Dave Harding
Paul Hunt ... Shearing Foreman
Max Phipps ... Detective Inspector Glenn McAllister


When the case against the Abingdon gang comes under scrutiny, Morse and Lewis must travel to Australia to locate their prime informant who was resettled there with his entire family in exchange for the information he provided the police. When they get there, they find the informant, Kenny Stone (now known as Mike Harding), is somewhat difficult to pin down. When they learn that someone in Mike's family subscribes to a newspaper from home, they fear that members of his old gang may also be looking for him. When Harding's daughter is kidnapped, they have two people to find, but not surprisingly Morse and the local constabulary knock heads from the outset. What Morse learns about the original convictions, however, turns the entire case on its head. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

27 March 1991 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a moment of anguish, Morse briefly addresses Lewis as "Robbie" - the first time in the entire series he has used his sergeant's first name, and there is only one subsequent use of it (in "Cherubim And Seraphim" in series 6). See more »


Australian Sergeant Scott Humphries orders another cop to check where someone was between the hours of "half two and half three". This is a British way of saying the time, and there's nowhere in Australia, especially in country New South Wales, where anybody would say it that way. The correct Australian way would be to say "half past two and half past three". Typically the pronunciation would also be very informal, sounding like "ha' past two and ha' past three" See more »


Chief Inspector Morse: [Seeing no one in town] Where is everyone? Do Australians take siestas or what?
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Referenced in Endeavour (2012) See more »

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It's Australia Mate, Morse with a different flavour.
5 May 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I've always thought Promised Land to be one of the most dramatic episodes of Morse. He's a character so comfortable in his Oxford surroundings, so safe in the knowledge he has for his home patch, so knowledgeable of all around him, that it's great to see him outside of his comfort zone. Naturally he strides the Aussie landscape with his usual pomp, treating all exactly as he does. It has a very different flavour, the music, pacing and even story are all very different, it's visually brighter then normal, and has a harshness that isn't usually on show in the generally polished series. The ending, is one of the best in any episode, and Con O'Neill must be applauded for his superb performance, despite having limited screen time. Whately and Thaw are particularly brilliant, there's a fantastic monolgue from Thaw, which truly elevated the character, a human side shown to 'Robbie.' Wonderfully acted, with Rhonda Findleton performing brilliantly, The Opera House was a fitting conclusion.

Brilliant. 9/10

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