Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Last Bus to Woodstock 

A young blonde hitches a late lift from a bus stop and ends up dead in a pub car park.


Peter Duffell


Colin Dexter (novel), Michael Wilcox (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Anthony Bate ... Bernard Crowther
Terrence Hardiman ... Clive Palmer
Fabia Drake ... Mrs. Jarman
Jill Baker ... Jennifer Coleby
Holly Aird ... Angie Hartman
Paul Geoffrey ... Peter Newlove
Peter Woodthorpe ... Max
Ingrid Lacey ... Mary Widdowson
Shirley Dixon ... Margaret Crowther
Ian Sears Ian Sears ... John Sanders
Perry Fenwick Perry Fenwick ... Jimmy
Shirley Stelfox ... Mrs. Kane
Jenny Jay Jenny Jay ... Sylvia Kane


Morse and Lewis investigate the murder of a young woman, Sylvia Kane, found dead in a pub car park. She was last seen at a bus stop asking for the times of the bus to Woodstock and was to meet as friend at the same pub where she was found. She had accepted a lift from someone in a red car and the police find an envelope on the dead girl addressed to Jennifer Coleby, a co-worker. This leads Morse to uncover a complex set of social inter-relationships and eventually, the girl's killer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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22 March 1988 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


In the first episode of Endeavour, a murder victim is seen waiting for the FIRST bus to Woodstock just before she is murdered. See more »


Although the Fabia Drake character is clearly addressed as "Miss Jarman" several times and is presented as a spinster who lives alone, the end credits list her as "Mrs. Jarman". See more »


Bernard Crowther: Why did God create Adam and Eve as adults?
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Massive Confusion Dissolved by Lucky Guesses
24 October 2019 | by deansscreenSee all my reviews

Other reviewers love this episode but I had to watch the first half twice just to get the characters straight. Morse only has two hours to solve the crime so I guess he's entitled to some miraculous guesses but he left me baffled at his technique. Then again, maybe I'm too dense to follow the train of logic he employs. One other irritating point: what happens to the confused characters Morse runs into during the show? The episode so thoroughly examines their lives--such as the two lovers at the victim's place of business--that I expected either some resolution of their problems or a showing of their continued despair. As it is, they were basically left on the cutting room floor. Despite my objections, I say watch the show and appreciate the moving depiction of the often depressing state of human relations that fascinate Morse and his fans.

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