Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Greeks Bearing Gifts 

Among the suspects in the murder of a Greek chef and his sister are a Ancient Greek scholar, a dodgy British entrepreneur, and a Greek shipping magnate.


Adrian Shergold


Colin Dexter (characters), Peter Nichols

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
James Hazeldine ... Digby Tuckerman
Mike Kremastoules Mike Kremastoules ... Nicos Capparis
Andreas Markos Andreas Markos ... Mr Papas
Eileen Way Eileen Way ... Mrs Papas
Jan Harvey ... Friday Rees
Stephen Holland ... Young Husband - TV Interview
Edda Sharpe Edda Sharpe ... Young Wife - TV Interview
Maureen Bennett Maureen Bennett ... Val Lewis
Andrew Kazamia Andrew Kazamia ... Dinos Papas
James Faulkner ... Basilios Vasilakis
James Grout ... Chief Superintendent Strange
Eve Polycarpou Eve Polycarpou ... Jocasta Georgiadis (as Eve Adam)
Martin Jarvis ... Randall Rees


Morse and Lewis investigate when Nicos, the chef from a local Greek restaurant, is found murdered. He had been in England for 6 months and they initially learn little about him other than he was well liked and had no enemies. They eventually learn that he had previously been in England as a sous-chef for Digby Tuckerman, a wheeler dealer whose hotel went bankrupt and is now hoping to open a series of marine theme parks. Morse seeks the advice of Randall Rees a scholarly expert on ancient Greek ships and learns that he too was recently in Greece as the organizer of a symposium on ancient Greek maritime vessels. When Nicos' sister is also killed, Morse must determine who would want them both dead. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

20 March 1991 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Friday Rees is the daughter of an Oxford don, who named her Frideswide, after the city's patron saint. See more »


"Superintendent" is spelt "superintendant" in the closing credits. See more »


Digby Tuckerman: This is the time of the high flyer, Inspector. Only the brain dead stay on the ground.
Chief Inspector Morse: Ever hear of Icarus?
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References Zorba the Greek (1964) See more »

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A Human Need Unfulfilled
26 February 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Mores gets involved with a Greek family that spends much of its time watching behind it. There is a murder. Someone has broken the neck of a guy named Nikko but every effort to solve the murder is met wit internal resistance. Morse, bottled up by the language barrier, enlists a young woman who is bilingual. Things seem to revolve around a professor who has gone into the business of reconstructing and sailing a trireme. But there is a dark side to him and his wife, the perfect couple. The wife is incredibly strong on television with a daily Dr. Phil type show. The closing scene is a bit pat and I must agree with a previous writer that things get really scary, and the danger could be beyond the bounds of acceptable television.

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