Inspector Morse special 04: The Wench is Dead (1998)

Inspector Morse special 04: The Wench is Dead (1998)

Morse has a serious health scare but his time in hospital gives only his body rest as he applies his mind to a 140-year-old case where he believes that two innocent men were hanged for the murder of one Joanna Franks.

5/10

This is the worst episode of the best television series ever made but it’s not the fault of John Thaw who remains superb in his iconic role. The support cast (James Grout aside) is awful, the adaptation messy and the direction is simply dreadful in every way. This was nearly the last episode ever but, fortunately, Colin Dexter had one more Morse up his sleeve and that final adaptation of “The Remorseful Day” was much, much better and contained the television moment of 2000 when Lewis said “Goodbye, sir” for all of us.

This episode contains mild adult dialogue and a gory and unpleasant scene.
Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

Available on DVD and paperback.

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