Detective Inspector Jack Frost is an unconventional policeman with sympathy for the underdog and an instinct for moral justice. Sloppy, disorganized and disrespectful, he attracts trouble like a magnet.
Working from his home in a converted windmill, Jonathan Creek is a magician with a natural ability for solving puzzles. He soon puts this ability to the use of solving impossible crimes and mysterious murders.
Dr. Watson, finds a mystery in an empty house, while Holmes and he later solve the mysteries of an abbey grange, the Musgrave ritual, a second stain, a man with a twisted lip, the priory ... See full summary »
Morse and Lewis investigate the death of Dr. Julian Dear, a senior fellow at an Oxford college. Dear was to participate in a debate on the evening of his death, where he was headed when attacked, suffered a fatal heart attack during what appeared to be a mugging. The College's Master, Matthew Copley-Barnes comes upon a young man leaning over the body of Dear, and the young man pushes the Master aside in his escape. Morse soon learns that Copley-Barnes has been receiving strange packages, and also that the College has large investments in Corby International, a major bio-agricultural/chemical firm. These facts and the interest of a well-known journalist, Sylvie Maxton, writing an article about the Master leads Morse to a complex cover up of scientific information as well as the discovery of a long-hidden tragedy. Written by
In the Infernal Serpent, there are a number of academic overtones, like the sudden death of a master, threatening parcels that were truly sinister and a deep and dark past involving sexual abuse I think. What made this episode was not only the plot and the script, not to mention the performances of John Thaw and Kevin Whately, but also the fluid and brooding camera work, such as the scene with Morse chasing a man in the hospital. The script was tense and dramatic, and the final solution was definitely among the best climaxes ever in a Morse series, first place would have to be the one in Promised Land. The supporting cast were well chosen, and all played excellently, also being careful not to overshadow the leads. Geoffrey Palmer was deliciously evil as Matthew Copley-Barnes, and Barbara Leigh Hunt and Cheryl Campbell are also impressive, as is Tom Wilkinson as a more secondary character. All in all, outstanding! 10/10 Bethany Cox.
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