Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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The Death of the Self 

Morse looks to mix a little pleasure with business when he and Lewis are sent to Italy to look into the suspicious death of an English woman near Vicenza.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Chief Inspector Morse
... Detective Sergeant Lewis
... Russell Clark
Christopher Hunter ... Andreas Heller / Louis Picard (as Chris Hunter)
Julia Goodman ... May Lawrence
... Patti Wilcox
... Nicole Burgess
... Alistair Haines
Jane Snowden ... Maureen Dyson
Jane Wenham ... Judith Haines
... Kenneth Lawrence
Allan Mitchell ... Coroner
... Chief Superintendent Strange
Cesare Landricina ... Driver Ponso
... Claudio Battisti


Morse and Lewis find themselves in Vicenza, Italy looking into the death of May Lawrence who was killed while attending a psychotherapy clinic there. The clinic is run by Russell Clark, a convicted fraudster who is well known to Morse and the British authorities. Morse is particularly enjoying the trip, all the more so when he learns that one of the patients at the clinic is Nicole Burgess, a well-known opera singer. What Morse learns suggests fraud in the selling of counterfeit rare manuscripts but the culprits are anything but obvious. As well, the link to May Lawrence's death remains elusive. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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25 March 1992 (UK)  »

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On several long shots when Frances is singing her mouth is moving when no singing is heard. See more »


When attending the performance in Verona, Morse and Lewis are filmed siting amongst the live crowd. Behind them are seated three middle aged men; two of them with mustaches. Once Nicole begins her performance, the cut back to Lewis and Morse shows two younger, clean shaved extras. See more »


Claudio Battisti: In prison he came to know himself, to forgive himself, and then to reconstruct himself.
Chief Inspector Morse: Self, self, self - that's Clark all right!
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Edited into Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (2000) See more »


Signore, ascolta
(Liù's aria from "Turandot")
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Sung by Janis Kelly
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Cosi So
21 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Plot was all over the place, more so than usual, most annoying was the sound of screeching birds, absolutely constant through out, no variation in pitch, volume or species. I am so fond of the Inspector Morse stories, but don't understand, and totally put off by the annoying, supercilious "side stories". The total idiocy of the "tree spikes"(keep in mind, I am commenting on this point as an "American tree hugger" is beyond, no other way to put it, IDIOTIC! The sheer number and size of the spikes in combination with them never actually being used in their "therapeutic use" made them absurd. The actress playing "American, Patti" whether she was Yank or not, was just too over the top.

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