Inspector Morse 4.04 Masonic Mysteries (1990, TV) – 8/10

John Thaw: Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately: Detective Sergeant Lewis
Diane Fletcher: Marion Brookes
Richard Kane: Chief Insp. Bottomley
Ian McDiarmid: Hugo de Vries
Iain Cuthbertson: McNutt
James Grout: Chief Supt. Strange
Writer: Julian Mitchell
Writer (Characters’ Creator): Colin Dexter
Producer: David Lascelles
Director: Daniel Boyle

Inspector Morse 4.04 Masonic Mysteries (1990)

When Morse is framed for the murder of an attractive female chorister, he is sure that it is the work of a con-man he put away a dozen years ago. The problem is that the con man, Hugo de Vries, died while in prison in Sweden.

8/10

Great fun as Morse goes head-to-head with a master criminal played with glee by the Emperor himself, Ian McDiarmid. This contains one of Morse’s nicest moments when, after ranting delusionally thanks to smoke inhalation, he comes to his senses, apologizes to those around him and says: “Where’s Lewis? I want Lewis.” Aaah. Also, particularly entertaining is Morse trying to convince Lewis to go and see The Magic Flute with his wife. “It’s like a panto. … It’s got a dragon in it. … You can record Eastenders.” Classic stuff.

This Inspector Morse episode contains mild gore, unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

Continue reading “Inspector Morse 4.04 Masonic Mysteries (1990, TV) – 8/10”

Inspector Morse 4.03 Driven to Distraction (1990, TV) – 8/10

John Thaw: Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately: Detective Sgt. Lewis
Patrick Malahide: Jeremy Boynton
David Ryall: Derek Whittaker
Christopher Fulford: Tim Ablett
Mary Jo Randle: Detective Sergeant Maitland
James Grout: Chief Superintendent Strange
Writer: Anthony Minghella
Writer (Characters’ Creator): Colin Dexter
Producer: David Lascelles
Director: Sandy Johnson

Inspector Morse 4.03 Driven to Distraction (1990)

Morse comes up against the work of a serial killer whose victims appear to have nothing in common except the manner of their death.

8/10

Top Morse action with spectacular obsession and grumpiness against worthy adversary Patrick Malahide. It’s a bit silly at times with ominous killer’s footsteps and a daft climax but they’re instantly forgotten thanks to a great scene afterward with a shaken Morse being unable to take his hands off a steering wheel. There’s also a great “body of pathologists” gag and every scene with James Grout is a delight. Remarkably, when the titles were redone to give all the series a consistent appearance on DVD the copywriter mistakenly put the characters’ creator as Alan, not Colin, Dexter!

This Inspector Morse episode contains mild adult dialogue and references to illegal production of marijuana and gory and unpleasant scenes, extreme peril involving petrol, knife violence.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

Inspector Morse 3.04 Secret of Bay 5B (1989, TV) – 7/10

John Thaw: Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately: Detective Sergeant Lewis
Amanda Hillwood: Doctor Grayling Russell
Mel Martin: Rosemary Henderson
Marion Bailey: Fran Pierce
Andrew Wilde: Edward Manley
Philip McGough: Brian Pierce
Writer (Screenplay): Alma Cullen
Writer (Original Idea): Colin Dexter
Producer: Chris Burt
Director: Jim Goddard

Inspector Morse 3.04 Secret of Bay 5B (1989)

Sergeant Lewis with a murdered body in a car in a parking bay (5B) in a car park interrupts Morse’s pleasant evening of the quick step with Dr. Russell.

7/10

Thoroughly solid episode with a nice development of the unlikely romance between Morse and Dr. Russell and also boasting a delightfully smug conclusion with the car keys.

This Inspector Morse episode contains adult dialogue and subject matter of prostitution and unpleasant and gory scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

Inspector Morse 3.02 The Last Enemy (1988, TV) – 7/10

John Thaw: Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately: Detective Sgt. Lewis
Amanda Hillwood: Dr. Grayling Russell
Barry Foster: Sir Alexander Reece
Michael Aldridge: Arthur Drysdale
Tenniel Evans: Dr. David Kerridge
Writer (Screenplay): Peter Buckman
Writer (Original Story): Colin Dexter
Producer: Chris Burt
Director: James Scott

Inspector Morse 3.02 Last Enemy, The (1988)

Morse finds his job rather harder than usual thanks to the discovery of a body with no arms, legs or head… and his own toothache.

7/10

Though rather flatly directed, a superior script and sparkling work from a grumpier than usual John Thaw (Morse is suffering from toothache) and a cheerier than normal Kevin Whately (as Lewis) make this an solid addition to the series.

This Inspector Morse episode contains gruesome and unpleasant scenes, violence and sexuality.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.