"Inspector Morse" (1987) {The Last Enemy (#3.2)} TV Season

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Overview "Inspector Morse" Season 03 Episode 02 (S03E02)



Ratings / Votes
7.3/ 10 (125 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Central Independent Television [gb] - (for)
Zenith Entertainment [gb] - (as Zenith Productions)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(UK) - 11 January 1989
(Netherlands) - 31 August 1990

Running Time


academia, biblical-quote, body-in-water, canal, canal-boat, decapitation, dental-office, detective-chief-inspector, detective-sergeant, economist, filling-a-cavity, fund-raiser, greek-mythology, human-brain, jealousy, murder-investigation, oxford-university, piccadilly-circus-london, plagiarism, police-pathologist, professor, pub, reference-to-christopher-wren, seal-tank, silencer,

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Full Cast

  1. Aldridge, Michael as [Arthur Drysdale] <5>
  2. Bloomfield, Philip as [Sam] <17>
  3. Clack, Barry as (uncredited) [Man walking in street]
  4. Dexter, Colin as (uncredited) [Man walking along canal bank in opening scene]
  5. Evans, Tenniel as [Dr. David Kerridge] <6>
  6. Foster, Barry (I) as [Sir Alexander Reece] <4>
  7. Grout, James (I) as [Chief Superintendent Strange] <9>
  8. Klauber, Gertan as [German Man] <19>
  9. Lewis, Nathan (I) as [Young Man] <23>
  10. McMonagle, Kevin as [Geoff] <15>
  11. Parnaby, Bert as [Ben] <11>
  12. Percival, Michael (I) as [Landlord] <16>
  13. Tandy, Mark as [Mr. Collins] <12>
  14. Thaw, John as [Chief Inspector Morse] <1>
  15. Welling, Albert as [Chris Stoneley] <14>
  16. Whately, Kevin as [Detective Sergeant Lewis] <2>
  17. Brooks, Nikki (I) as [Young Woman] <22>
  18. Buchanan, Jackie as [German Woman] <20>
  19. Edney, Beatie as [Deborah Burns] <7>
  20. Hillwood, Amanda as [Dr. Grayling Russell - Pathologist] <3>
  21. Hitching, Susannah as [Girl on Boat] <21>
  22. Johnson, Jill (I) as [Mrs. Burns] <18>
  23. Morris, Lana as [Miss Tree] <10>
  24. Munro, Pauline as [Dentist] <13>
  25. Sadler, Laura as [Sabena] <24>
  26. Thomas, Sian (I) as [Carol Sharp] <8>

Full Plot

When a decapitated body is found in the canal, the police must first identify the victim. The Master of an Oxford college, Sir Alexander Reece, contacts his old friend Morse to obtain assistance in locating the Deputy Master, David Kerridge, who is now four days overdue from his planned return to college. Kerridge is found battered to death in his London flat but oddly, it's also determined that the body in the canal was wearing one of Kerridge's suits. Morse and Lewis conclude that the headless body is that of Nicholas Balarat, a member of Reece's college and a senior civil servant who may have denied Reece an important appointment. However, another murder at the college sends the detectives in an altogether different direction. garykmcd Plot not found

Music Composers

  1. Pheloung, Barrington


  1. Davis, Michael J. (I) (director of photography) (as Michael Davis)

Dress Designers

  1. Munro, Alison


A&E Television Networks [us] - (199?) (USA) (TV)
BFS Entertainment & Multimedia Limited [ca] - (2009) (Canada) (DVD) (For ITV Global)
Independent Television (ITV) [gb] - (1989) (UK) (TV)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) [us] - (199?) (USA) (TV)


  1. Bond, Trevor (title designer)
  2. Connors, Terry (I) (production accountant)
  3. Coombs, Fliss (publicist)
  4. Firminger, Dennis (chief location manager)
  5. Harlow, Pauline (script supervisor)
  6. Hennigan, Andy (assistant accountant)
  7. Lee, Martin (III) (location manager)
  8. McBain, Kenny (series developer)
  9. Vincent, Dena (production coordinator)
  10. Wiltshire, Janet (assistant to producer)


Dr. Grayling Russell - Pathologist: [Referring to the corpse] Shall I show you? Chief Inspector Morse: No thank you, my dear. I'll leave that to Sergeant Lewis. Dr. Grayling Russell - Pathologist: I do wish you wouldn't call me 'your dear,' Morse. Chief Inspector Morse: How does one address a lady psychologist first thing in the morning? Dr. Grayling Russell - Pathologist: [Dryly] Doctor would do. Dr. Grayling Russell - Pathologist: [From her car as Morse heads toward a pub] Need any help? Chief Inspector Morse: My mother always insisted I should have a proper breakfast. Dr. Grayling Russell - Pathologist: Medical opinion would agree with you. Chief Inspector Morse: As Virgil once said, 'There's no such thing as a free lunch.' Sir Alexander Reece: [to Carol] I'll get some more champagne. It's a great persuador.

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Archery Tavern pub, Bathurst Street, Westminster, London, England, UK - (Morse meets Deborah Burns)
  2. Brasenose College, Brasenose Lane, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK - (Beaumont College)
  3. Cleveland Square, Bayswater, London, England, UK - (Kerridge attacked and later killed)
  4. Corpus Christi College, Merton Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK - (Beaumont College)
  5. Oxford Canal, Thrupp Basin, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK - (corpse found)
  6. Piccadilly Circus, Piccadilly, London, England, UK - (Morse en route to Whitehall)
  7. Radcliffe Square, Catte Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK - (Morse and Lewis walk across quad)
  8. Regent's Park, London, England, UK - (Morse questions Deborah)
  9. The Boat Inn, Canal Road, Thrupp, Oxfordshire, England, UK - (The Boat Inn pub)


- Part of the storyline for this episode was loosely based on Colin Dexter's novel "The Riddle of the Third Mile".

- Michael Aldridge and Barry Foster, who both appear in this episode, also both played the head of the Le Carré's "circus: the former Percy Alleline in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", the latter Saul Enderby in the sequel, "Smiley's People". There is an interesting symmetry to their respective positions; in "Smiley's People" the Foster character replaces the Aldridge character, who is fired, while in the Morse episode the Aldridge character kills the one played by Foster.