Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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The Wolvercote Tongue 

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
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Sheila Williams
Peter Woodthorpe ...
Max
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Eddie Poindexter
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Laura Poindexter
Bill Reimbold ...
Howard Brown
Helena Stevens ...
Shirley Brown
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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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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25 December 1987 (UK)  »

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Trivia

Colin Dexter based his full-length novel "The Jewel That Was Ours" on his storyline and Julian Mitchell's screenplay for this episode. See more »

Goofs

There are two doors; an outer door which opens into the hallway and an inner door which opens into the room. Both doors can been seen clearly when Max is leaving the room and Lewis holds the door for him. See more »

Quotes

Chief Inspector Morse: Is this a dagger which I see before me? I'd rather see a pint.
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Crazy Credits

The character name Shirley Brown and the actress Helena Stevens were the wrong way round in the credits. See more »

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References Excalibur (1981) 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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