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
Robert Lang ...
Chief Superintendent Dewar
Avis Bunnage ...
Mrs. Warbut
Amanda Burton ...
Mirella Lunghi
Peter Woodthorpe ...
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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Lovely locations and a fine cast salvage a standard Morse episode!
2 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I don't think Settling of the Sun is Morse's best, but I still really liked it. The plot is certainly very clever, but there were some elements that I didn't understand, such as I wasn't sure whether they explained when Robson was killed, though I assumed it was before Graham Daniel was murdered. Then again, this doesn't have the advantage of having a book to work from. The script is also good, and the cast is fine, as are the lovely Oxford locations. The regulars Thaw and Whately never disappoint in their interpretations of Dexter's complex characters. Anna Calder-Marshall is lovely as Jane Robson, giving a performance of vulnerability, and her connection with Thaw was believable. Robert Stephens is certainly loathsome as Mulryne, and while Peter Woodthorpe's Max isn't as funny as in previous episodes, he still lights up the screen, as does Robert Lang as Dewer. I also really liked the music, then again I have always loved the music on Morse, it adds depth to key scenes, and sometimes personify Morse's inside emotions. There were some aspects of the episode I found a little disturbing, particularly at the beginning with Jane's father scaring the servant girl, as he did look as though he was about to kill her, and the discovery of Yukio Li's body was a bit grim too. All in all, despite a noticeably less intriguing plot and some disturbing scenes, The Settling of the Sun benefits from a fine cast and all the other ingredients needed for a great episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox.

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