Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Ghost in the Machine 

A vanished baronet and the theft of some of his collection of erotic art is investigated by Morse and Lewis.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Hillwood ...
Lady Hanbury
Dr. Charles Hudson
Professor Edward Ullman
Michael Godley ...
Sir Julius Hanbury
Michael Thomas ...
John McKendrick
Patsy Byrne ...
Mrs. Maltby
Irina Brook ...
Michelle Réage
Lill Roughley ...
Robert Oates ...
Ted Parker
John Elmes ...
Roger Meadows
John Cater ...
The Dean
Rainbow Dench ...
Georgina Hanbury


The disappearance of Sir Julius Hanbury - and the theft of several of his erotic paintings - provide a new puzzle for Morse to solve. Assisted by DS Lewis, Morse interviews everyone at Hanbury House and it is in the course of searching the grounds that he finds Sir Julius' body, appropriately enough, in the family mausoleum. The pathologist notes that he was the victim of a frenzied attack but the lack of blood at scene leaves the police to conclude that he murdered elsewhere. Sir Julius was a candidate to become the Master of an Oxford college and was known to have a have had a bitter rivalry with another candidate for the position. When Roger Meadows, a friend of the Hanbury's au pair, is killed in a car accident, Morse concludes that that he too was murdered. Jealousy, revenge and greed all play part in the deaths. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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4 January 1989 (UK)  »

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Michelle Réage, upon learning of the break-in and theft from Sir Julius's office, runs upstairs to awake Lady Hanbury, and, in her excitement, lapses into her native French, referring to the burglars as "voleurs". This term is used exclusively to mean "thief" (street mugger, car thief, shoplifter, etc). The correct term for a burglar is "cambrioleur". See more »


Chief Inspector Morse: Now lets get to the bottom of all this aristocratic flummery.
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Solid Story
28 April 2015 | by (Middle Earth) – See all my reviews

The mystery itself is unmemorable, but that's okay. Instead, we get more of a focus on the characters. This episode pares it down to the basics - lots of Morse and Lewis banter, a reasonably-paced investigation, not too many suspects, a crazy-complex solution (but, for once, fairly comprehensible.) Max has made his exit, and Morse's first multiple-episode love interest has appeared in the person of Dr. Russell. She is a sort of Laura Hobson prototype, but doesn't get too much time here, since this is really a buddy- cop episode.

Lewis, usually Morse's long-suffering dogsbody, manages to not only get in quite a few zingers at his grumpy boss, but essentially solve the case. He refuses to let favoritism (towards, say, beautiful rich women) cloud his vision. Thaw and Whately are at their best here, having by now established a solid rapport. Also very good is the chilly lady of the manor.

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