Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Deceived by Flight 

Lewis goes undercover as a worker at the University so he can go undercover on the cricket team and discover the murderer of Morse's old college roommate.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Chief Inspector Morse
... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Amanda Hillwood ... Dr. Grayling Russell - Pathologist
... Roland Marshall
... Kate Donn
... Anthony Donn
Jane Booker ... Philippa Foster
Nicky Henson ... Vince Cranston
... Barker
Geoffrey Beevers ... Peter Foster
... Jamie Jasper (as Nat Parker)
Stephen Moore ... Radio Producer
Peter Amory ... DC Hilaire
Martin Chamberlain ... Clarets' Captain
Adam Tomlinson ... Clarets' Batsman


Morse and Lewis investigate the death of Anthony Donn who is attending an old boys cricket match at his Oxford college in advance of the team going on a European tour. Morse knew him and had actually met him again not long before his death. The death looks like a suicide, but Morse has his doubts. So does his wife Kate, who is surprised to learn that her husband carried a loaded gun. Lewis goes undercover and joins the cricket team. He learns there is at least one couple, the Fosters, staying at the college who may not be who they claim to be. When a second murder occurs at the cricket grounds, Morse learns the true nature of the Fosters stay at the college and begins to unravel the mystery. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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18 January 1989 (UK)  »

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When Sharon Maughan played Kate Donn in the episode "Deceived By Flight", she was well-known for her appearances in the Gold Blend coffee adverts on TV, so the writer of this episode mischievously gave her character the line "Coffee! Ugh! I *hate* coffee. It gives me a headache." See more »


Chief Inspector Morse: Roland, people are dying all over the place. Compared to that, even cricket has to suffer.
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Edited into Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (2000) See more »

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An extremely rich script, immaculately performed.
9 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

This is a particularly good episode from a strong season. A complex story, which sees Morse at his brilliant best, but somehow sad, the character appears lonely and perhaps a little guilty that he didn't help his friend Anthony Donn.

A particularly clever story, which has many strands, all of which come together very neatly at the end. The ending is wonderful, Morse unravels two crimes, it's all so neat. The dynamic between Morse and Lewis is very different, there's actually some humour between the pair which is so nice, the actors interplay wonderfully as always. Great guest performances, Daniel Massey, Sharon Maughan, and of course the wonderful Norman Rodway.

Morse is a little bit of a letch in this episode, as he asks every single woman he encounters out, perhaps a little over the top. Great that we learn his nickname was Pagan, that's a name we'd hear again in the franchise.


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