Morse's police work and love of music come together as he investigates the murder of a journalist who was writing about college benefactor Andrew Baydon, and is witness when opera singer Gwladys Probert is shot while standing next to Baydon at the annual procession. Written by
When Morse interviews Gentile Bellocchio, the pianist, the man refuses to discuss Madame Probert's relationship with her sister. After saying "the rest is piffle paffle" he plays a famous sequence of notes on the keyboard from Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, the so-called "Tristan chord", indicating (perhaps accidentally) that it concerns an illicit love affair. See more »
For the purpose of this episode the Bodleian Library is open during Encaenia Day. In reality the library was always closed on that day, until 2007 when opening it was trialed. See more »
Brilliant acting but the most mediocre Morse e.episode
Sir John Gielgud steals this show with his wit and overall brilliance in acting. The usually expertise of Robert Hardy is poor and he overacts his part as a self-made ex-Lithuanian immigrant.The rest of the normal cast are very good as normal but the story line is the poorest of the whole series. Normal Morse enthusiast could easily use the fast forward and only stop when Sir John is on screen, especially his last appearance. Many of his asides could be puerile in most actors hands but with him the absolute opposite is true.
Being a Wagner enthusiast, the title would imply much Wagnerian background music which was curiously lacking for the most part. I had expected a comment from Morse when the repetiteur played the Tristan chord but none was forthcoming!
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