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 »
I am a "Morse" (and now "Lewis") fan from 'way back, but this episode was the worst I've ever seen. Firstly, the plot is so thin that you could turn away in disgust for 15-20 minutes and not miss anything important, but more serious was the cultural cringe caused by the episode. I don't think they could have squeezed in any more clichés or stereotypes if they had been commissioned to make an "Aussie Parody". There was everything: hay-strewn streets, wind-swept desert (right next to fertile farmland??), dopey locals, corny trucking songs on the radio, and insultingly naive and inept Australian policemen. Not to mention the 1950's clothes, furnishings, vernacular and vehicles. I didn't actually see any kangaroos hopping picturesquely and ludicrously down the (solitary) street, but that could well have happened during one of the times I had to leave my chair and stomp around muttering furiously (albeit in my quaint Ocker way) about condescending British script-writers who have all too obviously never even been to Australia, and who did all their "research" by watching 1930's newsreels about the country instead.
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