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Morse investigates a seemingly apparent hit-and-run accident that has claimed the life of an Oxford don.

Director:

Colm McCarthy

Writers:

Colin Dexter (characters), Russell Lewis (written and devised by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Venables Paul Venables ... Prof Alistair Coke Norris
Shaun Evans ... DC Endeavour Morse
Louise Dylan ... Judy Vallens
Guy Williams Guy Williams ... Jolyon Frobisher
Lloyd McGuire ... Charlie Ayres
Jamie Glover ... Dr. Ian Kern
Sean Rigby ... PC Jim Strange
Poppy Miller ... Millicent Coke Norris
Roger Allam ... DI Fred Thursday
Sara Vickers ... Joan Thursday
Anton Lesser ... Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright
James Bradshaw ... Dr. Max DeBryn
Jack Laskey ... DS Peter Jakes
Abigail Thaw ... Dorothea Frazil
Chris Barnes Chris Barnes ... Albert Gudgeon
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Storyline

Professor Coke Norris is killed in a hit and run. At the same time Thursday is perturbed to learn that the new owner of the Moonlight Room night club is Vic Kasper,a London gangster with whom he has history. Morse finds proof that Coke Norris visited the club as well as discovering that he was opposed to the sale of college land to build a housing estate. The murder of a cigarette girl from the club used in a blackmail plot to expedite the sale leads Thursday to Kasper as Morse discovers the reason for his superior's hatred of the man and they combine to act when Thursday's daughter is endangered. Morse then works out the real reason for the professor's murder before sitting his sergeant's exams. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When Morse visits his mother's grave, it can be seen that his mother's date of death is 1950. As Morse was twelve at that time, his birth date must therefore have been 1938, making him 27 at the time of this story. See more »

Goofs

DI Thursday insinuates that DC Morse's firing range results were very good but the footage of the qualifying at the shooting range shows Morse firing in two shot bursts and the gun barrel during each second shot is obviously pointed way too high to hit the target because of the recoil from the first shot. See more »

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[first lines]
Prof Alistair Coke Norris: Every story has a beginning - before the gates of Troy; in a certain house in Ithaca; on the road to Thebes. But no matter where it starts, every story has its hero. As often as not, a young man on the journey from innocence to experience.
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References The Browning Version (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Inspector Morse Theme (Full Version)
(uncredited)
Written by Barrington Pheloung
Performed by Barrington Pheloung
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Season 1 concludes with a cracker
4 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Having recently been, and just finished being, on a roll reviewing all the episodes of 'Lewis', which generally was very enjoyable before having some disappointments later on, it occurred to me to do the same for 'Inspector Morse's' (one of my favourites for over a decade, and all the episodes were also reviewed in my first year on IMDb eight years ago) prequel series 'Endeavour'.

As said in my review for the entire show two years ago, 'Endeavour' is not just a more than worthy prequel series to one of my favourite detective dramas of all time and goes very well with it, but it is a great series on its own as well. It maintains everything that makes 'Inspector Morse' so good, while also containing enough to make it its own, and in my mind 'Inspector Morse', 'Lewis' and 'Endeavour' go perfectly well together.

Was very impressed by the pilot episode, even with a very understandable slight finding-its-feet feel (that is true of a lot of shows, exceptions like 'Morse' itself, 'A Touch of Frost' and 'Midsomer Murders', which started off great and were remarkably well established, are fairly few. The first episode of the first season "Girl" was a very welcome return, a fine episode in its own right and was even better. Morse's personality is more established with more obvious recognisable personality quirks and generally things feel more settled. Then there was "Fugue", which to me is one of the best episodes of 'Endeavour', while "Rocket" was just as good.

Allow me to also say the same for "Home". Now this is how to finish a season, here concluding with a cracker.

Once again, cannot fault the production values. "Home" is exquisitely photographed and there is something very nostalgic and charming about the atmospherically evoked 1960s period detail. It was also a genius move to keep Barrington Pheloung on board, with his hauntingly beautiful scoring and immortal 'Inspector Morse' theme, and while the use of music isn't as ingenious as it was in "Fugue" for example it's hugely effective still.

Writing, even for so early on, is every bit as intelligent, entertaining and tense as the previous episodes and as the best of 'Morse'. The story has tension, a good deal going on and little feels improbable or too obvious while being suitably complicated. There are plenty of red herrings and twists here, without being cluttered, the identity of the killer while with some early but not obvious at all clues was a real surprise.

Morse and Thursday's father/son relationship, while even stronger later being more entertaining and heartfelt, has a lot of warmth, is so well written within the story and is a large part of the series' appeal and there is some good suspense. How great to see a younger Max and Strange well before he became superintendent.

The pacing is restrained, but that allows the atmosphere to come through, and pretty much all the same it excels in that aspect. The characters are interesting, lead and supporting, with Morse displaying more recognisable character quirks with each episode and as aforementioned it is impossible not to love his relationship with Thursday.

Shaun Evans as ever does some powerful, charismatic work as younger Morse, showing enough loyalty to John Thaw's iconic Morse while making the character his own too. Roger Allam is also superb, his rapport with Evans always compels and entertains but Thursday is quite a sympathetic character, as well as loyal and firm, and Allam does a lot special with a role that could have been less interesting possibly in lesser hands. All the acting is very good, Anton Lesser has always been fine to me as Bright while Sean Rigby does a nice job as Strange and James Bradshaw would make Peter Woodthorpe proud. Support is as solid as can be.

In summary, a cracker. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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