Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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The Death of the Self 

Morse looks to mix a little pleasure with business when he and Lewis are sent to Italy to look into the suspicious death of an English woman near Vicenza.


Colin Gregg


Colin Dexter (characters), Alma Cullen

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Michael Kitchen ... Russell Clark
Christopher Hunter Christopher Hunter ... Andreas Heller / Louis Picard (as Chris Hunter)
Julia Goodman Julia Goodman ... May Lawrence
Kate Harper ... Patti Wilcox
Frances Barber ... Nicole Burgess
Alan Rowe Alan Rowe ... Alistair Haines
Jane Snowden Jane Snowden ... Maureen Dyson
Jane Wenham Jane Wenham ... Judith Haines
Peter Blythe ... Kenneth Lawrence
Allan Mitchell Allan Mitchell ... Coroner
James Grout ... Chief Superintendent Strange
Cesare Landricina Cesare Landricina ... Driver Ponso
Georges Corraface ... Claudio Battisti


Morse and Lewis find themselves in Vicenza, Italy looking into the death of May Lawrence who was killed while attending a psychotherapy clinic there. The clinic is run by Russell Clark, a convicted fraudster who is well known to Morse and the British authorities. Morse is particularly enjoying the trip, all the more so when he learns that one of the patients at the clinic is Nicole Burgess, a well-known opera singer. What Morse learns suggests fraud in the selling of counterfeit rare manuscripts but the culprits are anything but obvious. As well, the link to May Lawrence's death remains elusive. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

25 March 1992 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


On several long shots when Frances is singing her mouth is moving when no singing is heard. See more »


When attending the performance in Verona, Morse and Lewis are filmed siting amongst the live crowd. Behind them are seated three middle aged men; two of them with mustaches. Once Nicole begins her performance, the cut back to Lewis and Morse shows two younger, clean shaved extras. See more »


[showing Lewis the sights of Italy]
Chief Inspector Morse: The arena, Lewis. Built by the Romans for their games. Carnage and brutality. Now it's an opera house. I could almost believe in progress.
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Edited into Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (2000) See more »


Caro nome
(Gilda's aria from "Rigoletto")
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Sung by Janis Kelly
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Cosi So
21 February 2015 | by salk2010See all my reviews

Plot was all over the place, more so than usual, most annoying was the sound of screeching birds, absolutely constant through out, no variation in pitch, volume or species. I am so fond of the Inspector Morse stories, but don't understand, and totally put off by the annoying, supercilious "side stories". The total idiocy of the "tree spikes"(keep in mind, I am commenting on this point as an "American tree hugger" is beyond, no other way to put it, IDIOTIC! The sheer number and size of the spikes in combination with them never actually being used in their "therapeutic use" made them absurd. The actress playing "American, Patti" whether she was Yank or not, was just too over the top.

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