Inspector Morse: Season 5, Episode 4

Greeks Bearing Gifts (20 Mar. 1991)

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Among the suspects in the murder of a Greek chef and his sister are a Ancient Greek scholar, a dodgy British entrepreneur, and a Greek shipping magnate.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Hazeldine ...
Digby Tuckerman
Nicos Capparis
Andreas Markos ...
Mr Papas
Eileen Way ...
Mrs Papas
Jan Harvey ...
Friday Rees
Young Husband - TV Interview
Edda Sharpe ...
Young Wife - TV Interview
Maureen Bennett ...
Val Lewis
Andrew Kazamia ...
Dinos Papas
Basilios Vasilakis
James Grout ...
Eve Polycarpou ...
Jocasta Georgiadis (as Eve Adam)
Randall Rees


Morse and Lewis investigate when Nicos, the chef from a local Greek restaurant, is found murdered. He had been in England for 6 months and they initially learn little about him other than he was well liked and had no enemies. They eventually learn that he had previously been in England as a sous-chef for Digby Tuckerman, a wheeler dealer whose hotel went bankrupt and is now hoping to open a series of marine theme parks. Morse seeks the advice of Randall Rees a scholarly expert on ancient Greek ships and learns that he too was recently in Greece as the organizer of a symposium on ancient Greek maritime vessels. When Nicos' sister is also killed, Morse must determine who would want them both dead. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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Greeks Bearing Gifts
6 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Whilst Greeks Bearing Gifts is well worth watching, it is not as good as Who Killed Harry Field? and Second Time Around, but I do still think that Fat Chance is the weakest episode of the 5th series. Here, the script is very intelligent, and the scenery beautiful. The plot once again is very intriguing, around a murdered chef and Morse and Lewis facing a language barrier. The performances are top notch, I continue to praise John Thaw and Kevin Whately, and the supporting performances from James Hazeldine, Jan Harvey, James Faulkner and Martin Jarvis are excellent if careful not to overshadow the two leads. Lovely music, including excerpts from the fantastic Introduction and Allegro for Strings by Elgar.(this is the music on the documentary video about ships that Morse is watching)The ending is also very good and tense, if not the best climax in a Morse episode ever. Overall, very well done. 9/10 Bethany Cox.

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