Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Deceived by Flight 

Lewis goes undercover as a worker at the University so he can go undercover on the cricket team and discover the murderer of Morse's old college roommate.


Anthony Simmons


Colin Dexter (idea), Anthony Minghella (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Amanda Hillwood Amanda Hillwood ... Dr. Grayling Russell - Pathologist
Norman Rodway ... Roland Marshall
Sharon Maughan ... Kate Donn
Daniel Massey ... Anthony Donn
Jane Booker ... Philippa Foster
Nicky Henson ... Vince Cranston
Bryan Pringle ... Barker
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Peter Foster
Nathaniel Parker ... Jamie Jasper (as Nat Parker)
Stephen Moore ... Radio Producer
Peter Amory Peter Amory ... DC Hilaire
Martin Chamberlain Martin Chamberlain ... Clarets' Captain
Adam Tomlinson Adam Tomlinson ... Clarets' Batsman


Morse and Lewis investigate the death of Anthony Donn who is attending an old boys cricket match at his Oxford college in advance of the team going on a European tour. Morse knew him and had actually met him again not long before his death. The death looks like a suicide, but Morse has his doubts. So does his wife Kate, who is surprised to learn that her husband carried a loaded gun. Lewis goes undercover and joins the cricket team. He learns there is at least one couple, the Fosters, staying at the college who may not be who they claim to be. When a second murder occurs at the cricket grounds, Morse learns the true nature of the Fosters stay at the college and begins to unravel the mystery. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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18 January 1989 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Colin Dexter wrote this story for Kevin Whately after learning of Kevin's love of cricket and that he had always hoped to become a professional cricketer. See more »


Chief Inspector Morse: You heard something and the you think something? It's not a staggering weight of evidence.
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Edited into Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (2000) See more »

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Cricket and Other Catastrophes
17 February 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

For an old guy, Morse seems to attract a lot of quite attractive young women. Unfortunately, they seem to have some agenda or serious baggage. This is one of the better Inspector Morse episodes. It involves a meeting with an old friend and classmate. The man surfaces one day and they have lunch. Very shortly after, he is found dead, an apparent suicide. But, of course, we know better. Morse spends the whole episode trying to interpret a story the man told him. Apparently, there was a serious reason for the lunch meeting but the explanation was never delivered. Morse soon finds himself being flattered by the widow of his friend, a very nice looking radio host and another, who appears to be up to no good. Much of the setting is a cricket pitch where Lewis is forced to play and act undercover. There is some open hostility from one of the cricketeers but it is passed off as competitiveness. The hallmark of this series is the unraveling of a series of clues that were presented nicely. This was a very satisfying episode.

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