Inspector Morse
Volume 11
Dead On Time/Happy Families

Starring: John Thaw & Kevin Whately
Carlton Visual Entertainment
RRP: 14.99
Certificate: PG
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Henry Fallon intended to kill himself when his illness became too much to bear, so when he is found shot everyone accepts that it must have been suicide, until his Doctor, John Marriot tells Morse he would have been unable to pull the trigger himself. Peter Rhodes, the Fallons son-in-law is suddenly under the spot light, but Morse is in turmoil after seeing the woman who broke his heart so many years ago...

Dead on Time is an excellent episode displaying many of Morse's emotions. He sees Susan for the first time in years and realises that he is still very much in love with her. And rage, Morse does it excellently when he and Dr Marriot argue, tears welling in his eyes, an emotional scene which John Thaw acts to perfection.

Ever faithful Lewis anguishes over telling Morse who the killer is for fear of upsetting him. Excellent ending with Lewis protecting Morse from a the truth. Kevin Whately acting abilities absolutely shine in this episode.

The strong theme throughout this episode has to be loneliness and all the characters seem to suffer from it at some stage. Stars Samantha Bond (alias Miss Moneypenny, in the Brosnan Bond movies) as well as a young Dominic Keating (Malcolm Reed from Enterprise).

Usual photo gallery - I think they may be scarping the barrel - one of a BT van (interesting, if you like BT vans) and one of Morse with a clapper board hiding his face.

Excellent episode with superb acting from both Kevin and John.


A birthday party for Lady Emily Balcombe, but not a happy occasion as she loathes her husband and sons and only has her friend Margaret. So when Sir John Balcombe is murdered at the kitchen table, she shows no grief. Morse is confused by this but soon discovers he has the press hounding him and the strain shows, but has the killer finished?...

Happy Families contains a very clever yet simple plot which turns out to be much more sinister. Fundamentally it is a revenge killing episode which has a slightly gothic feel to it.

Colin Dexter, Morse creator, stars briefly in this episode as a tramp. The episode also starts Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly) and the late Charlotte Coleman (4 Weddings And A Funeral and Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit).

Superintendent Strange is away in Bangkok and Morse doesn't get on too well with acting superintendent Holdsby especially when he suggests that Morse be taken off the case.

Good episode with an excellent twist at the end

Heather Simpson

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