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 »


Signore, ascolta
(Liù's aria from "Turandot")
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Sung by Janis Kelly
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Visually a feast to the eyes, and I personally thought the episode was decent.
7 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I do think Death of the Self is one of the weaker episodes of series 6, though my least favourite while very good, was Cherubim and Seraphim. The episode benefits from some superb camera-work, and gorgeous Italian settings, I do think it is one of the more visually beautiful Morse episodes. Death of the Self tells of a woman who dies suddenly, and the hunt for a ruthless art dealer in Italy, and I will say the reason why I didn't like the episode as much as the others was because of the rather confusing final solution; then again it is an episode that requires more than one viewing. John Thaw and Kevin Whately are excellent, and I did like the performances of Frances Barber(who looked gorgeous), Georges Connaface and Michael Kitchen. The script as always is intelligent, particularly Morse's outbursts about Clark, who as a character is certainly loathsome, and the music featuring excerpts from Rigoletto and Turandot was a delight. Overall, visually stunning, with fine performances, but the plot construction sometimes lets it down. 9/10 Bethany Cox.

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