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Summary

Three BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations starring John Shrapnel as Morse and Robert Glenister as Lewis, plus a bonus reading by Colin Dexter of one of his short stories.

In Last Seen Wearing, Inspector Morse is reluctant to take over an old missing person case from a dead colleague. But two years, three months and two days after teenager Valerie Taylor's disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence....

In The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn, Inspector Morse tackles the murder of an exam invigilator. The newly appointed member of the Oxford foreign exam syndicate was deaf, and he wasn't from the insular world of the Oxford colleges. Now he is dead.

After he's rushed into hospital, Inspector Morse becomes intrigued by an old crime in The Wench Is Dead. Could the wrong men have been hanged for the murder of Joanna Franks?

Plus Colin Dexter reads his own short story, 'The Double Crossing', in which it is a good first day for a certain detective named Lewis.

Gripping, suspenseful and entertaining, these BBC dramatisations were adapted by Guy Meredith from the original Inspector Morse novels by Colin Dexter.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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A new Morse and Lewis

I suppose most of us have seen John Thaw and Kevin Whateley as Morse and Lewis on TV long ago (or on nostalgia channels).
Whereas I don’t want to disparage their performances, TV places many restraints on actors- especially as “Morse” was produced on commercial TV - with all those tedious ad breaks, unbearable!
This is a new interpretation, which I found enjoyable, perhaps closer to the characters in the books.
I’d thought Morse had become too clichéd by constant TV repeats, but as bedtime listening I am pleased with these radio dramas.

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morse

not as good as the tv or the book misses lot of the atmosphere it is a bit flat and thenendimg are not good

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John Shrapnel miscast as Morse

These three BBC dramatisations were originally broadcast between 1992 - 1996 and feature John Shrapnel as Inspector Morse. His voice is surly, very reminiscent to Paul Darrow [Avon - Blake's 7] and for me I never warmed to his portrayal of Morse. Seemed he was miscast in the role.

Last Seen Wearing (1994)
The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (1996)
The Wench Is Dead (1992)

‘The Wench is Dead’ is by far the better of all the stories and won best crime novel of the year in 1989 (British Crime Writers’ Association).


Plus 14 minutes of Colin Dexter reading his own short story ‘The Double Crossing’.

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Surprisingly brilliant

What did you like most about Inspector Morse: BBC Radio Drama Collection?

Having enjoyed the TV dramatizations of Morse I was not sure if I would like different actors playing well known characters but in fact they were all absolutely excellent and completely won me over.

What did you like best about this story?

All the stories were really exciting.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The actors really brought the stories to life and the music was really good and atmospheric.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, definitely

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed these stories and would love to hear more with the same actors.
Do try it!

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morse

brilliant brought alive by good narration and believable narrative. gripping. sensitive. moving. I so loved the tv version

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Enjoyable

Whilst not the TV Morse, still highly entertaining and easy to visualise. Very good indeed.

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Great dramatisation of Morse

Great plots as expected from Colin Dexter and beautifully delivered by the actors concerned. The last play 'The Wench is dead!' was particularly engaging. Will listen again!

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Good

Good. The only let-down was the intro music, which was truly madly deeply awful

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Great Entertainment

Engaging entertainment. Great performances.
As absorbing as a really good radio 4 afternoon play. Loved it 🌟🌟🌟

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Anachronistic morse

Very dated when assessed by modern standards. This was my first Morse. He’s a bit of a k**b, isn’t he? Charmless and curmudgeonly in equal measure.

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  • James & Noreen Tichenor
  • 25-12-18

Radio drama suberp

I was hesitant about purchasing due to bad.products in the past but this full cast drama of three separate stories was MORSE and LEWIS. Cannot wait for the next release.


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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-18

Love a good Inspector Morse series!

I used to watch these mysteries on TV, I have always loved the radio mysteries as well. This book did not disappoint!

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  • Sheila Munchez-Weikel
  • 24-01-21

First listen of Inspector Morse

This was my second listen to a BBC radio dramatization, but my first, of Inspector Morse. I was very much surprised at how much I enjoyed the dramatization. The narration done by John Shrapnel was superb. I was sorry that there were only three. I’ve looked for more and found that the narrator is now deceased. I highly recommend this listen.

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  • John Bisset
  • 16-04-19

Another great Morse series

Although I have enjoyed this series, l couldn’t escape the TV Series.
But enjoyable just the same.
But not worthy of five stars.

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