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 »
Sergeant Scott Humphries:
[Drunkenly to Lewis]
Got the right woman - this is the best little countryin the world. The best! The right woman... Why is it that the right woman is always shacked up with the wrong man? Ay?... Ay?
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The 5th series concludes with an explosive excursion Down Under.
Promised Land is truly excellent, and it was very nice to see Morse and lewis out of Oxford for a change. The scenery of Australia is beautiful, it was a treat because I confess I have never been to Australia and would love to go. The script is very well written and the episode is beautifully shot, especially when Morse and Lewis end up in a town that looks like a set from a western. The performances are of exceptional quality, Thaw adopting a sense of both sadness and sympathy into his character, and Kevin Whately very amusing here at times, particularly when he plays the Australian music on the radio and Morse cries "Turn that rubbish off Lewis". The performances of Con O'Neill, Rhonda Findelton and John Jarett are also excellent, and the highlight is definitely the showdown-like finale, very explosive, but when Morse admits that he was wrong, Thaw did that with such conviction, I actually felt for him, and the scene with Morse climbing the sydney Opera House steps gave me goosebumps with Der Rosenkavalier in the background. Overall, explosive and sometimes even tense, making this an unmissable and fitting conclusion to the 5th series. 10/10 Bethany Cox.
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