Inspector Morse

Season 1 Episode 2

The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 13, 1987 on ITV
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Someone on the inside at the University of Oxford's Foreign Examination Syndicate is selling exam secrets. Nicholas Quinn, a member of the examination board, is in the right place to overhear something he shouldn't, and he is soon found dead at his cottage, poisoned with cyanide - but Nicholas was deaf. Then crossword compiler Philip Ogleby has his skull smashed in, and Morse suspects a connection. During his investigations, Morse is attracted to Monica Height. She works for the Examination Syndicate and may be mixed up in the corruption which led to Quinn's murder, and perhaps to Ogleby's as well.moreless

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    John Thaw

    John Thaw

    Chief Inspector Morse

    Kevin Whately

    Kevin Whately

    Detective Sergeant Lewis

    Michael Gough

    Michael Gough

    Philip Ogleby

    Guest Star

    Frederick Treves

    Frederick Treves

    Dean of Lonsdale College

    Guest Star

    Barbara Flynn

    Barbara Flynn

    Monica Height

    Guest Star

    Peter Woodthorpe

    Peter Woodthorpe


    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Morse: I sometimes - sometimes - get things arse about face.

      • Lewis: We should have arrested Donald Martin straightaway.
        Morse: Why?
        Lewis: Morse's Law. You said there's a fifty-fifty chance that whoever finds the body did the deed.
        Morse: That isn't Morse's Law. Morse's Law is "There's always time for one more pint".

      • Dr Thomas Bartlett: (after admitting that he thought of going to see 'Last Tango in Paris') I was wondering if I shouldn't tell my wife.
        Morse: Tell her what? That you didn't see the film? Adultery in the heart is not really the same as adultery. Or who shall 'scape whipping?

      • Philip Ogleby: A woman would get in the way of my work. That's my excuse, what's yours?
        Morse: Oh, no woman would put up with me - I play my records too loud.
        Philip Ogleby: You could get her earplugs.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Morse's advice to Dr Bartlett, "Adultery in the heart is not really the same as adultery. Or who shall 'scape whipping?" is an allusion to Shakespeare's play Hamlet -

        Polonius: My lord, I will use them according to their desert.
        Hamlet: God's bodikin, man, much better. Use every man after his desert, and who shall 'scape whipping?