Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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The Death of the Self 

Morse looks to mix a little pleasure with business when he and Lewis are sent to Italy to look into the suspicious death of an English woman near Vicenza.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Clark
Christopher Hunter ...
Andreas Heller / Louis Picard (as Chris Hunter)
Julia Goodman ...
May Lawrence
Kate Harper ...
Patti Wilcox
Nicole Burgess
Alistair Haines
Jane Snowden ...
Maureen Dyson
Jane Wenham ...
Judith Haines
Kenneth Lawrence
Allan Mitchell ...
Cesare Landricina ...
Driver Ponso
Claudio Battisti


Morse and Lewis find themselves in Vicenza, Italy looking into the death of May Lawrence who was killed while attending a psychotherapy clinic there. The clinic is run by Russell Clark, a convicted fraudster who is well known to Morse and the British authorities. Morse is particularly enjoying the trip, all the more so when he learns that one of the patients at the clinic is Nicole Burgess, a well-known opera singer. What Morse learns suggests fraud in the selling of counterfeit rare manuscripts but the culprits are anything but obvious. As well, the link to May Lawrence's death remains elusive. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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25 March 1992 (UK)  »

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When attending the performance in Verona, Morse and Lewis are filmed siting amongst the live crowd. Behind them are seated three middle aged men; two of them with mustaches. Once Nicole begins her performance, the cut back to Lewis and Morse shows two younger, clean shaved extras. See more »


[showing Lewis the sights of Italy]
Chief Inspector Morse: The arena, Lewis. Built by the Romans for their games. Carnage and brutality. Now it's an opera house. I could almost believe in progress.
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Edited into Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (2000) See more »


Caro nome
(Gilda's aria from "Rigoletto")
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Sung by Janis Kelly
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One of the best
30 July 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm giving this a 10 in the ratings. It has it all, the setting is exquisite, Italy must rank as one of the most beautiful countries on Earth, the script is so clever, and the performances of Barber, Kitchen and of course the cast regulars are of the highest calibre. The music here is particularly magical, the finale features 'Signore Ascolta' sung beautifully by Janis Kelly. I have been a life long avid fan of Frances Barber, here she looks insanely beautiful and gives a tremendous performance of a fragile Opera singer, it's easy to see that John Thaw enjoyed working with her. Georges Connaface is very decent as the Italian inspector, a very handsome chap, his character, you can see is initially irritated by the arrival of Morse and Lewis, but soon begins to appreciate them,

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