Inspector Morse: Season 5, Episode 3

Who Killed Harry Field? (13 Mar. 1991)

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Struggling artist Harry Field is found murdered and thrown off an overpass but recent rains and a dry body lead Morse to conclude he was killed over a week earlier.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Byfield ...
Harry Field
Tony Doyle
Helen Field
Nicola Cowper ...
Jane Marriot
Steven Payne ...
Sergeant Taylor
Andy Mulligan ...
Gordon Collins
Helen Lymbery ...
Barmaid (as Helena Lymbery)
Sean Cranitch ...
Patrol Man
David Belcher ...
Maureen Bennett ...
Val Lewis
Philip Locke ...
Freddie Mortimer
Veronica Lang ...
Ian Matthews


Morse and Lewis investigate the murder of fun-loving raconteur Harry Field, a mediocre artist with no real style to call his own, with many of his paintings featuring the same mystery woman. As they dig deeper into his past, they discover a possible link to art forgery. Meanwhile, Lewis considers trying for a promotion in Traffic Division. Written by Mark Limvere-Robinson

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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13 March 1991 (UK)  »

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The street Harry Field goes down is Keating's Way, an inside joke referring to Tom Keating (1917-1985), the infamous art restorer and forger. See more »


In the scene near the end in the art gallery, where Harry Field Snr is talking to Morse, the painting behind him changes at least three times. See more »


[Lewis is thinking of applying for promotion and a transfer to Traffic Division]
Detective Sergeant Lewis: I might not pass the exam. Even if I did, it could be months before there's a promotion vacancy. The thing is, sir, I have to have your recommendation. And what I need to know is... d'you think I'm good enough to be recommended for promotion?
[long pause]
Chief Inspector Morse: I'm sorry to tell you, Lewis... that the answer to that... is yes.
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References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »


Runnin' Wild
Written by A. H. Gibbs, Joe Grey, and Leo Wood (1922)
Harry Field listens to recording in his studio
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Absolutely fantastic!
6 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favourites, definitely one of the better episodes. if they hadn't made Promised Land, then this would have had my pick for the best episode of the 5th series, instead it has to be content with an extremely close second, with Second Time Around closely behind. The episode has some truly beautiful scenery, and definitely one of the more intriguing Morse plots, and it isn't even based on any of the books by Colin Dexter. An episode like Last Bus To Woodstock is still very intriguing, but compared to other Morse episodes it feels too bleak. John Thaw and Kevin Whately are excellent in the title roles, and they are almost overshadowed by the scene-stealing performance by Freddie Jones as the victim's father. I found his final scenes, not only moving but also the highlight of the episode. Geraldine James is also excellent as Helen, and also worth noting are roles from Ronald Pickup and Vania Vilers. All in all, a truly fantastic entry to the best crime drama series ever. 10/10 Bethany Cox.

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