Thirty-five years after she supposedly drowned herself, rock star Esme Ford returns to Oxford to secretly re-establish her band Midnight Addiction with former members Richie, Mack and Franco. The secrecy extends to the band's reaction when an orphaned teenage boy is killed outside Richie's house. Then ex-roadie Bone and Richie's daughter's music tutor, who used to write the band's sleeve-notes, are also murdered. Midnight Addiction may well once have been the real thing but several people are definitely not what they first seem to be.Written by
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Simon Callow (Vernon Oxe) and Joanna Lumley (Esme Ford) previously starred in James and the Giant Peach (1996) as Mr. Grasshopper and Aunt Spiker respectively. See more »
At about 1 hour 28 min, Richie Maguire and DI Robert Lewis are conversing next to a police "panda car". In the shots where the camera is facing Richie Maguire, the antenna is in the vertical position; when the camera is facing DI Robert Lewis, it's laid horizontally on the roof. This is also a factual error because that type of antenna is for window glass mounting only. It cannot operate through a metal car roof, as it is seen. See more »
Inspector Lewis (Kevin Whately) becomes tied up in a case that brings back his youth in "Counter Culture Blues," from the third season of Inspector Lewis.
When Morse and Hathaway investigate a noise disturbance on a farm, they discover the member of a '60s band, Midnight Addiction. In fact, the group is about to enjoy a renaissance. Their old singer, Esme (Joanna Lumley), believed to have committed suicide 35 years ago, has reappeared, and they're ready to start up again. Then a young man is killed on the farm, followed by a group member and an expert on the group who teaches music. They all have one thing in common: the band. But untangling the group's past relationships and learning their many secrets isn't going to be easy.
Midnight Addiction is quasi-based on The Rolling Stones, and the casting people found the most wasted looking, dried out, exhausted looking individuals they could find as group members. They're all excellent. Joanna Lumley is great as Esme, who claims that she wants to try it all again just one more time.
I actually liked this episode. One of the reasons is that one has to pay attention. These plots are not dumbed down, and I love the relationship between Hathaway and Lewis, and the two of them with their commander. Very good.
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