Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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The Wolvercote Tongue 

During an exclusive tour an elderly woman dies suddenly and the priceless piece of Medieval jewelry she was going to donate to a local museum vanishes.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Chief Inspector Morse
... Detective Sergeant Lewis
... Theodore Kemp
... Cedric Downes
... Sheila Williams
... Max
... Eddie Poindexter
... Laura Poindexter
Bill Reimbold ... Howard Brown
Helena Stevens ... Shirley Brown
... Phil Aldrich
Mildred Shay ... Janet Roscoe
Jane Bertish ... Marion Kemp
Christine Kavanagh ... Lucy Downes
Cherith Mellor ... Fiona Hall


Morse and Lewis investigate the death of Laura Poindexter, an American tourist who is part of an exclusive tour group visiting Oxford. Missing from her personal effects is her jewelry, including the Wolvercote Tongue which she was going to donate to the Ashmolean Museum. The pathologist determines that she died of natural causes, but Morse feels there's something not quite right. The mystery deepens when Theodore Kemp, the Ashmolean's expert on the Wolvercote Tongue, is found dead and Mrs. Poindexter's husband goes missing. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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25 December 1987 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Colin Dexter based his full-length novel "The Jewel That Was Ours" on his storyline and Julian Mitchell's screenplay for this episode. See more »


There are two errors in the credits of this episode. Christine Norden is billed as Christine Morden, and the character name and actress name are the wrong way round for Shirley Brown played by Helena Stevens. See more »


Cedric Downes: You know, I was a Jesus in one of the less fashionable colleges, Wales you know, founded 1671.
Janet Roscoe: I thought Jesus was at Cambridge.
Sheila Williams: No, no, he went to Bethlehem tech.
Janet Roscoe: Is that what they mean by the English sense of humour?
Sheila Williams: Where else would he go to do carpentry?
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Crazy Credits

The character name Shirley Brown and the actress Helena Stevens were the wrong way round in the credits. See more »


Edited into Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (2000) See more »

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I've Met These People
15 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

I've been on a couple of these tours and the characters are really true to form. There is always an elderly, know-it-all woman who can't keep her mouth shut. I found the actress quite convincing as an abrasive, self-centered creep. The story evolves around the intrigues caused by the murder of a woman and the theft of a priceless piece of jewelry which is to be donated to a museum. Soon, many of the figures are centered in a kind of conflict caused by secrets and avarice. There are also a couple of womanizers, one in particular who has really overstepped his bounds and pays a price for it. Morse continues to belittle Lewis at every turn. He is really impatient that his junior is yawning from beginning to end. Morse appears to be indefatigable when he is on a case. Pretty good work.

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