Inspector Morse

Season 7 Episode 3

Twilight of the Gods

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 20, 1993 on ITV
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Episode Summary


A nasty but very rich business man and a world-famous opera singer are in Oxford to receive honorary degrees from the Chancellor of the University. However, the ceremony has to be abandoned when a sniper opens fire on the procession of dignitaries. The singer is seriously wounded, but was she the intended target?


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  • A good but not great plot with two threads interwoven, one about an opera singer and the other about a businessman.

    First we meet opera singer Gwladys Probert and her entourage. The late Sheila Gish plays her as a suitably annoying prima donna whose murder is central to the plot. The scene in which a male member of the entourage attempts to pick up Lewis was atrocious and quite stereotyped for 1993. Oxford politics are out in the open again as a rich businessman offers to build a new college. Robert Hardy is good as Andrew Baydon, the nasty businessman. The part about his past was a bit of a stretch. A young Rachel Weisz as his daughter Arabella showed her talent which has developed ever since. Sir John Gielgud is brilliant as Lord Hinksey, the Chancellor. His sardonic humour is sorely missed. The surprise outcome was lame and there were perhaps too many characters between the entourage, Baydon and his family and the university. Superb acting, though, saved this episode.moreless
John Thaw

John Thaw

Chief Inspector Morse

Kevin Whately

Kevin Whately

Detective Sergeant Lewis

Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz

Arabella Baydon

Guest Star

Elaine English

Elaine English


Guest Star

Alan David

Alan David

Sir Watkin Davies

Guest Star

James Grout

James Grout

Chief Superintendent Strange

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • A viewer in Norway writes:

      "In Twilight of the Gods Morse refers to a library as "the libary". This is a pronunciation-mistake I don't believe Colin Dexter would approve. Or perhaps it was deliberate? Morse is quite a moody, shifty person, but he's certainly prudent on spelling and grammar."

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  • NOTES (2)

    • Twilight of the Gods was planned as the final episode of Inspector Morse. However, two years later the producers gave in to pressure to bring Morse back in special productions, which until 2000 came at the rate of about one a year.

    • Rated PG in both the UK and Ireland.