Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Fat Chance 

After a young woman aspiring to the priesthood dies while taking her exams, possibly from poison, Morse connects the death to a weight loss company.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Denham ...
Lance Mandeville
Geoffrey Boyd
Julian Gartside ...
Desmond Kelly
Caroline Ryder ...
Dinah Newberry
Emma Pickford
Hilary Dobson
Sarah Carpenter ...
Victoria Hazlett
Una Brandon-Jones ...
Nadine Stacey
Arbel Jones ...
Jane Barnes
Nicholas Selby ...
Dr Corder
Eileen Dunwoodie ...
Mrs Gardam
Kenneth Haigh ...
Freddie Galt
Tilly Vosburgh ...
Irene Saunders

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Victoria Hazlett is a brilliant student who aspired to the priesthood in the Anglican Church. When she collapses and dies during an exam, the post-mortem reveals that she was likely poisoned, but the pathologist can't quite identify one of the substances found in her system. Victoria was a member of a group that advocated women priests and ran a shelter for women who required assistance in their life. Several members of the group feel that an anti-womens' group led by the Reverend Geoffrey Boyd is responsible, but there is little evidence. There is a link to a nearby weight loss clinic. Morse is quite attracted to one of the women in the group but is taken aback when he learns she lied to him about her whereabouts the night before Victoria died. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

27 February 1991 (UK)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this episode there is a scene where actress Zoe Wanamaker is talking while standing in front of a poster for the play Ariadne. Years later she went on to play the character Ariadne Oliver in Agatha Christie's "Poirot". See more »


Arbel Jones's character is listed as John Barnes instead of Jane Barnes. See more »


Nun: [Morse has been questioning a patient] Come out of there at once and leave my patient alone.
Chief Inspector Morse: I'm sorry; I'm making enquiries.
Nun: Then you will make them to thin air outside the gates.
Chief Inspector Morse: I could compel you to co-operate.
Nun: Oh, you ridiculous man! Of course you couldn't. I answer to a *much* higher authority than the Thames Valley Police.
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Not Morse's best, but still very well done!
6 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As much as I like Fat Chance, I do think it is one of the weaker Morse episodes. I will say that this is probably the only episode that had a final solution that left me rather baffled. The pace of the episode was also slightly uneven, however there is a lot to recommend it. The main attraction of the series has always been John Thaw's performance as the title character, which is nothing short of outstanding, and even that word doesn't do justice to his performance. The episode does have an intriguing plot, excellent performances and an intelligent script, not to mention the immortal soundtrack. But for me, the highlight of Fat Chance was Morse's relationship with Emma Pickford, marvellously played by Zoe Wannamaker, and the episode ends wondering will Morse find his true love? Certainly not my favourite episode, but intriguing and well acted. 8/10 Bethany Cox.

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