Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Who Killed Harry Field? 

Struggling artist Harry Field is found murdered and thrown off an overpass but recent rains and a dry body lead Morse to conclude he was killed over a week earlier.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Chief Inspector Morse
... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Trevor Byfield ... Harry Field
... Tony Doyle
... Helen Field
... Jane Marriot
Steven Payne ... Sergeant Taylor
Andy Mulligan ... Gordon Collins
Helena Lymbery ... Barmaid
Sean Cranitch ... Patrol Man
David Belcher ... Landlord
Maureen Bennett ... Val Lewis
Philip Locke ... Freddie Mortimer
Veronica Lang ... Julia
... Ian Matthews


Morse and Lewis investigate the murder of fun-loving raconteur Harry Field, a mediocre artist with no real style to call his own, with many of his paintings featuring the same mystery woman. As they dig deeper into his past, they discover a possible link to art forgery. Meanwhile, Lewis considers trying for a promotion in Traffic Division. Written by Mark Limvere-Robinson

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

13 March 1991 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Security guard (and former police officer) George Drummond is seen watching a movie in the gatehouse of the Eirl estate. The movie is "The Driver" (1978), starring Ryan O'Neal. See more »


In the scene near the end in the art gallery, where Harry Field Snr is talking to Morse, the painting behind him changes at least three times. See more »


[last lines]
Detective Sergeant Lewis: About me, going on and on, sir...
Chief Inspector Morse: To traffic?
Detective Sergeant Lewis: Exactly. I've been having a bit of a rethink. The missus reckons I'd be miserable, and I'm not sure a hat would suit me just at the moment. Maybe I'll give meself another year.
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References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »


Runnin' Wild
Written by A. H. Gibbs, Joe Grey, and Leo Wood (1922)
Harry Field listens to recording in his studio
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A genuine work of art....
30 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

One of the best Morse episodes which I have just noted has a neat visual trick to enhance the idea that all you see is not always genuine. I have watched this episode 6 or 7 times over the years and only on the last viewing noticed that the scene where Morse and Lewis confront Harry senior in the Oxford art gallery shows Harry senior filmed apparently in the same spot with an old master painting behind him but each time the camera cuts between Harry and Morse or Lewis there is a different painting behind him! I counted 5 changes of background paintings and Harry senior had not moved nor had the camera angle altered. Clever way to highlight the recurring theme of the story.

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