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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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Amanda Hillwood ...
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Lady Hanbury
Clifford Rose ...
Dr. Charles Hudson
Bernard Lloyd ...
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
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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 »

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Chief Inspector Morse: You see, Sir Julius wasn't murdered. He fell from a great height, physically and morally. He committed suicide. We've been led up the garden path here, Lewis. A very pretty garden and a highly picturesque path.
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Wonderful, one of my favourites!
2 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Ghost in The Machine is a beautifully constructed episode, and is up there with Morse's best. It is hugely advantaged by stunning scenery, that house especially was a revelation. There is also a lovely soundtrack, Puccini's Tosca in one scene was very powerful and later proves significant. The plot consists of an aristocrat going missing, as does his paintings. He is later found dead, but the question is did he commit suicide or was he murdered? The episodes also uncovers vulgar art, another murder, and pornography. Thaw and Whately are excellent, and Patricia Hodge was excellent as the wonderfully sophisticated and composed Lady Hanbury. Michael Thomas is very handsome as McKendrick, and I liked the lady who played the french maid Michelle. If I have one minor criticism, it would be I do kind of miss Peter Woodthorpe as Max, though Amanda Hillwood was lovely as Dr Russell. All in all, excellent. 10/10 Bethany Cox.


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