Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Ghost in the Machine 

A vanished baronet and the theft of some of his collection of erotic art is investigated by Morse and Lewis.


Herbert Wise


Colin Dexter (idea), Julian Mitchell (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Amanda Hillwood Amanda Hillwood ... Dr. Grayling Russell
Patricia Hodge ... Lady Hanbury
Clifford Rose ... Dr. Charles Hudson
Bernard Lloyd ... Professor Edward Ullman
Michael Godley Michael Godley ... Sir Julius Hanbury
Michael Thomas Michael Thomas ... John McKendrick
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ... Mrs. Maltby
Irina Brook ... Michelle Réage
Lill Roughley Lill Roughley ... Betty Parker
Robert Oates Robert Oates ... Ted Parker
John Elmes John Elmes ... Roger Meadows
John Cater ... The Dean
Rainbow Dench Rainbow Dench ... Georgina Hanbury


The disappearance of Sir Julius Hanbury - and the theft of several of his erotic paintings - provide a new puzzle for Morse to solve. Assisted by DS Lewis, Morse interviews everyone at Hanbury House and it is in the course of searching the grounds that he finds Sir Julius' body, appropriately enough, in the family mausoleum. The pathologist notes that he was the victim of a frenzied attack but the lack of blood at scene leaves the police to conclude that he murdered elsewhere. Sir Julius was a candidate to become the Master of an Oxford college and was known to have a have had a bitter rivalry with another candidate for the position. When Roger Meadows, a friend of the Hanbury's au pair, is killed in a car accident, Morse concludes that that he too was murdered. Jealousy, revenge and greed all play part in the deaths. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

4 January 1989 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"John Cater" who plays "The Dean" appeared with "John Thaw" in "Goodnight Mr Tom" (1998) as "Dr Little". See more »


When Morse buys his second pint he receives a full glass. When the camera returns to Morse as he picks the glass up the level of beer has dropped an inch See more »


Detective Sergeant Lewis: [as Lady Hanbury and Dr. Russell leave separately] Lovely woman, that.
Chief Inspector Morse: That's not a woman, Lewis, that's a Lady.
Detective Sergeant Lewis: Dr. Russell, I mean.
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The Sophisticated Plot Was the Star
17 February 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Thoroughly enjoyable. The story was put together with immaculate precision. It involves a rich woman, a master manipulator, who thought she had total control, but couldn't avoid reprisal. This woman is wealthy beyond belief, living in a huge mansion. One day a couple pieces of priceless art are stolen and before long, the husband is found dead in a family mausoleum. His face has been destroyed with blows from perhaps a sledgehammer. But, as is the case with many of the Morse episodes, there are underground tremors from revenge and spite. I especially enjoyed how the whole thing is unravelled, making real sense. Also, the aforementioned woman is absolutely hateful, testing Morse's mettle.

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