Inspector Morse: Season 2, Episode 1

The Wolvercote Tongue (25 Dec. 1987)

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During an exclusive tour an elderly woman dies suddenly and the priceless piece of Medieval jewelry she was going to donate to a local museum vanishes.

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Theodore Kemp
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Cedric Downes
Roberta Taylor ...
Sheila Williams
Peter Woodthorpe ...
Max
Robert Arden ...
Eddie Poindexter
Christine Norden ...
Laura Poindexter
Bill Reimbold ...
Howard Brown
Helena Stevens ...
Shirley Brown
John Bloomfield ...
Phil Aldrich
Mildred Shay ...
Janet Roscoe
Jane Bertish ...
Marion Kemp
Christine Kavanagh ...
Lucy Downes
Cherith Mellor ...
Fiona Hall
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Morse and Lewis investigate the death of Laura Poindexter, an American tourist who is part of an exclusive tour group visiting Oxford. Missing from her personal effects is her jewelry, including the Wolvercote Tongue which she was going to donate to the Ashmolean Museum. The pathologist determines that she died of natural causes, but Morse feels there's something not quite right. The mystery deepens when Theodore Kemp, the Ashmolean's expert on the Wolvercote Tongue, is found dead and Mrs. Poindexter's husband goes missing. Written by garykmcd

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At the beginning of the episode when Laura and Eddie Poindexter arrive at their hotel room, the door opens outwards into the hallway. When we see the shot of Laura Poindexter lying dead on the floor, you can see the door closing as someone leaves the room and the door closes from the inside. When Morse and Lewis leave the room with the coroner, the door once again opens outwards into the hallway. See more »

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Cedric Downes: You know, I was a Jesus in one of the less fashionable colleges, Wales you know, founded 1671.
Janet Roscoe: I thought Jesus was at Cambridge.
Sheila Williams: No, no, he went to Bethlehem tech.
Janet Roscoe: Is that what they mean by the English sense of humour?
Sheila Williams: Where else would he go to do carpentry?
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The character name Shirley Brown and the actress Helena Stevens were the wrong way round in the credits. See more »

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The Wolvercote Tongue
27 January 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

A first class episode from Morse's earlier years on television. A great intricate story well acted and directed. This story was based on an idea by Morse creator Colin Dexter before he turned it into a book a few years later entitled 'The Jewel That Was Ours'. Stand out performances by Kenneth Cranham and of course John Thaw and Kevin Whately make this one to watch out for. Though the story begins slowly (as always with Morse) it then moves quickly to an unforeseen and very exciting conclusion.

As one might expect with Morse, this is well worth your time with the beautiful views of Oxford matched with a calibre of drama which they simply don't produce anymore.


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