When the case against the Abingdon gang comes under scrutiny, Morse and Lewis must travel to Australia to locate their prime informant who was resettled there with his entire family in exchange for the information he provided the police. When they get there, they find the informant, Kenny Stone (now known as Mike Harding), is somewhat difficult to pin down. When they learn that someone in Mike's family subscribes to a newspaper from home, they fear that members of his old gang may also be looking for him. When Harding's daughter is kidnapped, they have two people to find, but not surprisingly Morse and the local constabulary knock heads from the outset. What Morse learns about the original convictions, however, turns the entire case on its head. Written by
Australian Sergeant Scott Humphries orders another cop to check where someone was between the hours of "half two and half three". This is a British way of saying the time, and there's nowhere in Australia, especially in country New South Wales, where anybody would say it that way. The correct Australian way would be to say "half past two and half past three". See more »
Chief Inspector Morse:
They don't spell Australian beer with four Xs out of ignorance - they mean what they say. And *light* beer is an invention of the Prince of Darkness.
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Inspector Morse's trip to Australia to look up a relocated informer smacks of a plot devised after travel plans were finalised. Morse and his superiors fail to inform Aussie authorities as to the nature of the visit and Morse feels obliged to talk down to the local yokels and ensure they know their place in the colonial pecking order.
Unfortunately for John Thaw and Kevin Whatley, they are generally out-acted by the Aussie cast and come of second best in just about every aspect of the production. The compulsion of all overseas filmmakers to turn drama into travelogue is indeed annoying and belittling of our Australian friends. Morse's so called 'cultural' predilections wear a bit thin at times and some of his utterances fail to give evidence of a superior intellect.
For my money, Australian actress Rhondda Findleton steals the show with some fine dramatic acting. Worth a look but you won't learn much about Australia or Australians that isn't already firmly entrenched in the dictionary of stereotypes.
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