Inspector Morse

Season 7 Episode 6

Death Is Now My Neighbour

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 1997 on ITV
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A young woman is shot dead through her kitchen window one morning, and an anonymous valentine seems to be a clue to the killer's identity. Morse interviews the neighbours, including Geoffrey Owens, an aggressive journalist, and Adele Cecil, a music teacher - he is very taken with Adele and hopes she has nothing to do with the killing. Then, at the same time of day the next morning, Geoffrey Owens is also shot and killed, and Morse and Lewis deduce that the two murders are connected to a bitterly fought contest taking place at Lonsdale College, Oxford. The current Master of Lonsdale, the malicious Sir Clixby Bream, is retiring, and two of his dons, Denis Cornford and Julian Storrs, are vying for the Master's job, with their wives active behind the scenes.

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  • A brilliant episode. Its all there: sex and politics on and off the university campus, a great cast, excellent characters, and a few extras that make this one of the best.moreless

    9.7
    The plot involving who would be the next Master was interesting and sufficiently complex. Richard Briers was excellent as the nasty Master, Sir Clixby Bream. The two dons vying for the position were also superb: John Shrapnel as Julians Storrs, the long-suffering husband, and Roger Allam as Denis Cornford, the ambitious college don. Both were believable and seemed natural in their roles. The female roles were well-developed in this episode. The Angela Storrs character was particularly good, that of an ambitious wife pushing her husband along. Maggie Steed played the role superbly. Mark McGann was convincing as Owens, the playboy journalist, but I thought that Shelly(Holley Chant), Cornford's younger American wife, could have been played more convincingly. Several minor elements added to the general enjoyment of the episode: learning Morse's first name, Morse finally having some success with a lady, meeting Sgt. Lewis' son Ken, humour on the golf course with Strange playing against his bosses, Dr. Laura getting friendly with the suggestion of a drink, and Colin Dexter saying grace in Latin.moreless
John Thaw

John Thaw

Chief Inspector Morse

Kevin Whately

Kevin Whately

Detective Sergeant Lewis

Richard Briers

Richard Briers

Sir Clixby Bream

Guest Star

John Shrapnel

John Shrapnel

Julian Storrs

Guest Star

Maggie Steed

Maggie Steed

Angela Storrs

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James Grout

James Grout

Chief Superintendent Strange

Recurring Role

Clare Holman

Clare Holman

Dr Laura Hobson

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • A close up on Geoffrey Owens' computer screen reveals three spelling mistakes in the article he is writing - cliams (claims), benifits (benefits) and icluding (including).

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Adele Cecil: This anagram, "around Eve" - I've tried and I've tried, but all I can come up with is "Endeavour". And no-one's called Endeavour. Surely?
      Morse: I told you, my mother was a Quaker. And Quakers sometimes call their children names like Hope and Patience. My father was obsessed with Captain Cook, and his ship was called Endeavour. Why aren't you both laughing?
      Lewis: You poor sod.
      Adele Cecil: I'm not calling you Endeavour.
      Lewis: Call him Sir. He likes that.
      Adele Cecil: Oh, no. No, I'll stick to Morse, like everyone else.
      Morse: Cheers.

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