Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Twilight of the Gods 

When Gwladys Probert, a world renowned mezzo-soprano, is shot by a sniper at Oxford, Morse, one of her biggest fans, sees a link with an earlier murder of a freelance journalist.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gwladys Probert
Elaine English ...
Alan David ...
Sir Watkin Davies
Celia Montague ...
Adele Baydon
Arabella Baydon
Paul Rattigan ...
Mark Scott
Victor Ignotas
Julian Curry ...
Alan Cartwright
Don Fellows ...
Lyman Stansky
Helen Buscott
Michaela Noakes ...
Gentile Bellocchio


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 hgallon

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

20 January 1993 (UK)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Andrew Baydon was based on disgraced newspaper publisher Robert Maxwell. See more »


When Lewis interrogates Vavasseur, the latter's left hand switches from lying on his knee and resting on the back of the bench between shots. See more »


Lord Hinksey: [referring to honorary doctorates] You know, however many you've got, they do die with you.
Andrew Baydon: I think I can live with that.
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Edited into Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (2000) See more »


Military Polonaise
("opus 40 #1") (uncredited)
Composed by Frédéric Chopin (as Chopin)
Performed by Allan Corduner on piano
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Definitely the weakest episode of the 7th series but I still liked it!
7 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

John Thaw and Kevin Whately are always excellent in Inspector Morse, and their performances in Twilight of the Gods are no exception. However, compared to the outstanding Day of the Devil, Twilight of the Gods was a disappointment. My main problem was that although Robert Hardy is a very good actor, he does overact so wildly here, that I couldn't really relate to his character at all. Though, John Gielgud almost steals the show, with a witty performance that almost compensates the episode and its flaws. My second flaw was that although there were some very good moments, like Morse's argument with Strange, which was very funny, the poignant final scene between Morse and Lewis and Shiela Gish's character's recital at the beginning, the dialogue just lacked the sparkle that makes Morse so intriguing. Don't get me wrong, I liked the episode, I liked the performance of Shiela Gish, who gave the character a sense of fire, such a shame she didn't get more screen time. The plot is also very clever, and does well not to get tedious. The music was also excellent. Overall, a disappointing, but still a very good episode, that benefits from standout turns from Gish and Gielgud, and of course Thaw and Whately. 8/10 Bethany Cox.

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