Inspector Morse – tape 2058

Over to Carlton (boo, hiss) for Inspector Morse. I see they’ve changed the typography of the titles, for no very good reason.

This episode is The Way Through the Woods. It’s directed by John Madden, who would make Shakespeare in Love.

In the opening sequence, a religious prisoner is stabbed in prison, a dog on a walk digs up a skull, and Morse listens to some live classical music, and totally fails to get off with an attractive woman. Fairly typical Morse.

The murdered prisoner, Stephen Parnell, was on trial for multiple murders. But Morse thinks that one of the claimed murders wasn’t Parnell, or is somehow different.

The priest who heard Parnell’s dying words says that he said ‘not the girl’ meaning that he didn’t kill the fifth alleged victim. The man who found the victim’s handbag, five days after she went missing, is very shifty.

But when he turns up dead, Morse is given the case.

The case hinges on photography. The victim was a photographer, and some of her pictures were missing. Clues lead to a creepy osteopath who, in justifying his hobby of ‘glamour photography’ even makes a reference to ‘locker room talk’. Is it only monsters who think that way?

After a search of woods, a body is found, but to Morse’s surprise it’s not a woman’s body, it’s a man, the man who was, up until now the suspect of the murder.

There’s a brief appearance by Barry from Eastenders as a garage cashier.

Barry From Eastenders

The resolution to the mystery is nicely played, with all the strands pulling together into a single revelation. And the whole episode plays nicely with the straining relationship between Morse and Lewis.

After this, there’s a whole episode of News at Ten. Bill Clinton was on a visit to London and talked about the Northern Ireland peace initiative.

The Clintons and The Majors

he “reaffirmed that the relationship with Britain is a special one.” Unfortunately, Major didn’t then make a stirring speech about David Beckham’s right foot.

After this, London Tonight. With a frankly astonishing report about the recent growth in population of chinese crabs. A potentially interesting story about ecosystem change. So how does GMTV reporter Vince Rogers report it? He dresses up in a pink crab costume, goes to Chinatown and asks passers by if they’ve heard about the ‘invasion of the giant chinese crabs.’ Stay Classy, London Tonight.

After this, a budget response from Shadow Chancellor Gordon Brown.

Finally, the tape runs out during Carlton Sport with Bob Wilson.


  • Samsung
  • Capital Gold
  • trail: Unlawful Entry
  • BHS
  • Halifax
  • IBM
  • Duracell
  • Asda
  • Sculpture
  • Vectra
  • Sainsbury’s – John Cleese
  • Motorola
  • Disney Video
  • Ford Fiesta
  • British Airways
  • trail: Home and Away
  • Debenhams
  • Raymond Weil
  • Braun Flex Integral
  • Braun Oral B
  • After Eight
  • BT
  • Debenhams
  • Safeway
  • Apricot Computers
  • Andersen Consulting
  • Persil
  • Baxter’s Soups
  • Nokia
  • trail: Peak Performance
  • trail: Clive James in Buenos Aires
  • Apple
  • Teachers
  • Veetee
  • Woolworths
  • DeBeers
  • trail: The Bill
  • trail: Carlton Sport
  • The American President in cinemas
  • IBM
  • Enya – The Memory of Trees
  • National Lottery Instants
  • Cellnet
  • Vauxhall Vectra
  • trail: Clive James in Buenos Aires
  • Nissan Almera
  • Apricot Computers
  • Safeway
  • Celine Dion – The Colour of my Love – Available on MiniDisc – I had a miniDisc player. Two of them.
  • Lemsip
  • Comet
  • Obsession
  • Carlton Enterprise Fair
  • trail: GMTV
  • trail: The Bill
  • trail: Unlawful Entry

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