Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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The Death of the Self 

Morse looks to mix a little pleasure with business when he and Lewis are sent to Italy to look into the suspicious death of an English woman near Vicenza.


Colin Gregg


Colin Dexter (characters), Alma Cullen




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Michael Kitchen ... Russell Clark
Christopher Hunter Christopher Hunter ... Andreas Heller / Louis Picard (as Chris Hunter)
Julia Goodman Julia Goodman ... May Lawrence
Kate Harper ... Patti Wilcox
Frances Barber ... Nicole Burgess
Alan Rowe Alan Rowe ... Alistair Haines
Jane Snowden Jane Snowden ... Maureen Dyson
Jane Wenham Jane Wenham ... Judith Haines
Peter Blythe ... Kenneth Lawrence
Allan Mitchell Allan Mitchell ... Coroner
James Grout ... Chief Superintendent Strange
Cesare Landricina Cesare Landricina ... Driver Ponso
Georges Corraface ... Claudio Battisti


Morse and Lewis find themselves in Vicenza, Italy looking into the death of May Lawrence who was killed while attending a psychotherapy clinic there. The clinic is run by Russell Clark, a convicted fraudster who is well known to Morse and the British authorities. Morse is particularly enjoying the trip, all the more so when he learns that one of the patients at the clinic is Nicole Burgess, a well-known opera singer. What Morse learns suggests fraud in the selling of counterfeit rare manuscripts but the culprits are anything but obvious. As well, the link to May Lawrence's death remains elusive. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

25 March 1992 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


On several long shots when Frances is singing her mouth is moving when no singing is heard. See more »


When attending the performance in Verona, Morse and Lewis are filmed siting amongst the live crowd. Behind them are seated three middle aged men; two of them with mustaches. Once Nicole begins her performance, the cut back to Lewis and Morse shows two younger, clean shaved extras. See more »


Claudio Battisti: In prison he came to know himself, to forgive himself, and then to reconstruct himself.
Chief Inspector Morse: Self, self, self - that's Clark all right!
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Edited into Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (2000) See more »


Caro nome
(Gilda's aria from "Rigoletto")
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Sung by Janis Kelly
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A Bit Rambling but Quite Enjoyable
5 March 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

As this series progressed we got to see more of the humanness and impatience of Morse. At times he jumps to conclusions. Lewis usually is the one criticized for these things. Having been to that Colosseum in Verona as well as the city, I was immediately captivated. This is the story of an evil, smug shyster, who has killed someone but manages to recreate a career of crime. He is utterly despicable, presenting himself as a savior while controlling people who are vulnerable. This has led to large financial gain and the ability to carry on a lavish lifestyle. Morse is aware of his past crimes and the need to get serious evidence, but the guy is slick. There are some misleading plot elements, primarily the chief of police. Then there is Morse's first love, Opera. Italy is his paradise.

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