Morse and Lewis investigate the death of Anthony Donn who is attending an old boys cricket match at his Oxford college in advance of the team going on a European tour. Morse knew him and had actually met him again not long before his death. The death looks like a suicide, but Morse has his doubts. So does his wife Kate, who is surprised to learn that her husband carried a loaded gun. Lewis goes undercover and joins the cricket team. He learns there is at least one couple, the Fosters, staying at the college who may not be who they claim to be. When a second murder occurs at the cricket grounds, Morse learns the true nature of the Fosters stay at the college and begins to unravel the mystery. Written by
When Sharon Maughan played Kate Donn in the episode "Deceived By Flight", she was well-known for her appearances in the Gold Blend coffee adverts on TV, so the writer of this episode mischievously gave her character the line "Coffee! Ugh! I *hate* coffee. It gives me a headache." See more »
I thought this was a fantastic episode. From the superb early scenes with Daniel Massey to the riveting unexpected conclusion, it is a delight from start to finish. Most of the story revolves around a cricket match, but focuses sensibly on the murder of an old friend of Morse. The script by Anthony Minghella is enthralling, full of depth and emotion that is essential for a standard Morse episode. What makes it sad is that the victim didn't seem to have any enemies, and Morse's reaction to his death proved that. John Thaw and Kevin Whately are impeccable in the leads, and Sharon Maughan is excellent as Kate Donn, the source of Morse's latest affection. Also superb is Norman Rodway as Roland Marshall, who provides dry quick witty criticisms such as "Your back looks like a limp Willy". Through him, we learn that Morse's nickname was Pagan, because he wouldn't reveal his first name to anybody. The final solution was unexpected, and throughout the episode, we share the characters' emotions. All in all, truly excellent, and well looking out for! 10/10 Bethany Cox.
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