Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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The Settling of the Sun 

Because Morse is a speaker at a University dinner when a Japanese becomes ill and is later found ritualistically murdered, he becomes everyone's alibi.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Robson
Sir Wilfred Mulryne
Kurt Friedman, aka Michael Robson
Chief Superintendent Dewar
Avis Bunnage ...
Mrs. Warbut
Amanda Burton ...
Mirella Lunghi
Philip Middlemiss ...
Graham Daniel
Eiji Kusuhara ...
Yukio Li
Tim Barker ...
Ralph Thomas
Llewellyn Rees ...
Reverend Robson
Blue MacAskill ...
Alex Robson
Ellis Van Maarseveen ...
Heidi Vettinger


Morse is pressed into service when, while attending a college dinner for an eclectic group of foreign summer students, a Japanese member of the group suddenly excuses himself and a short time later is found brutally murdered in his room. There are any number of suspects, several of whom had bad experiences with the Japanese during World War II and at least one student that is clearly not what he claims to be. When traces of drugs are found on the Japanese student's clothing the drug squad is now involved. But when a second member of the group is murdered, Morse is convinced that this is far more than a simple case of drug smuggling gone awry. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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15 March 1988 (UK)  »

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[Morse denies that he is deliberately avoiding a senior officer]
Chief Inspector Morse: I'm not running away from Superintendent Dewar, Lewis - I'm just respecting his space.
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Good story but flawed production
11 August 2009 | by (Columbus, Ohio USA) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed The Settling of the Sun but was very surprised at the poor directing, sound, and photography. It seemed like it was shot by a film school student who was attempting for the first time to be artistic in their directing, but only achieving an awkward quality to the shots. Some very weird use of the camera, which at times whirls around for no apparent reason, and other times seems glued to the floor in a medium shot, causing the scene to feel like it's dragging on. The worst shot was when Lewis bent over to pick up something that had dropped, and his entire posterior blocked out the camera! Lots of shots that were washed out, many that were too dark. And the sound was so uneven! I found myself turning the sound up to hear barely audible dialog, when another sound in the track would suddenly blast out my eardrums.

I love the entire Inspector Morse series, but this ones stands out as the flabbiest production-wise.

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