Masonic Mysteries: An Overview. Music, Art, Locations & Literary References.


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First transmitted in the UK on the 24 January 1990.

This episode is not based on any of Colin Dexter’s books.

This is episode 4 in series 4. Chronologically this is episode 15.

Colin Dexter appears as a member of the chorus of the production of The Magic Flute at various times.


Directed by Danny Boyle. He also directed the episode, ‘Cherubim and Seraphim’, (Series 6, Episode 5). Of course Danny Boyle has become a renowned film director of films such as, ‘Trainspotting’, ‘28 Days Later’ and the wonderful ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.

Written by Julian Mitchell. He also wrote the screenplay for The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn, Service of all the Dead, The Wolvercote Tongue, Ghost in the Machine, Promised Land, Cherubim and Seraphim, Twilight of the Gods, The Daughter’s of Cain, Death is now my Neighbour.

Julian Mitchell makes a cameo appearance in this episode as one of the chorus members standing in front of Colin Dexter. (see above pic)



During a dress rehearsal for the Mozart opera, The Magic Flute, Morse’s (sort of) girlfriend, Beryl Newsome is murdered. Morse is not only found holding her body but is holding a large knife.

Things go from bad to worse as Morse finds himself on the receiving end of someone’s revenge which ends with Morse being accused of committing two murders and is charged and locked up.

Lewis doesn’t believe his boss is capable of such atrocities and finds a way of proving Morse’s innocence but is unaware that the investigating officer, Chief Inspector Bottomley, believes Lewis to be an accomplice.

Morse’s life begins to fall apart and he finding it hard to hold on to reality. Revenge, murder, the Freemasons, Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute and an attack on Morse’s sanity all combine to make this a thrilling and compelling episode.

REVIEW. (warning this review may contain some spoilers)

Well, here we are at Masonic Mysteries. An episode that is always in my top three of favourites. It also appears to be a huge favourite of most Morse fans. It is an episode that barely puts a foot wrong. It allows Morse to show what a brilliant actor he is as he goes through a gamut of emotions, one of those being a feeling of having a mental breakdown.

A strong cast who also don’t put a foot wrong. Though only appearing for a short time, Ian McDiarmid as Hugo De Vries is sublime and must rank as one of Morse’s greatest adversaries, if not THE greatest.

We also get to meet one of Morse’s great mentors, Desmond McNutt played by the wonderful Scottish actor, Iain Cuthbertson. There is talk that the McNutt character will show up in the next series of Endeavour. I hope they get a Scottish actor to play him and not a non Scot trying to do a Scottish accent. The film and TV world is littered with actors trying to do a Scottish accent and who fail miserably, (I’m looking at you Alec Guinness (Tunes of Glory), Christopher Lambert (Highlander), Michael Caine (Kidnapped or was it Master Of Ballantrae?), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Robin Williams (Mrs Doubtfire. What is even worse in this film is that he calls himself an ENGLISH nanny) and the list goes on. Only a handful of actors have managed to pull off a Scottish accent, Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting), Emma Thompson (Tutti Frutti) and that’s the only two I can recall at the moment. Anyway, enough of one of my pet peeves.

In this episode the Lewis and Morse relationship is not only shown as growing stronger but that it is also evolving. There is an almost symbiotic relationship being created. The German mycologist Heinrich Anton de Bary in defining Symbiosis seen it as “the living together of unlike organisms”. This defines Lewis and Morse’s relationship to a tee. They live together in their working life (Lewis probably sees more of Morse than he does his wife) and they are dissimilar ‘organisms’ or in this case characters.

After the fire and when Morse is in the ambulance and appears to be losing his hold on reality he calls the name of the one person he knows he can trust, the one person who is the rock he can hold on to as the waves of desperation and despair are washing over him; “Where’s Lewis. I want Lewis.” I don’t know about you but I get a lump in my throat when watching that scene. (This scene is at 1h10m10sec)

For the first and last time we get to see more than just the downstairs element of the house but that only amounts to the upstairs bathroom and of course his linen cupboard. I do like new glimpses into the life of our beloved Morse. It satisfies the curious element of my personality.

The episode is beautifully crafted by that stalwart of the Morse canon, Julian Mitchell. Julian wrote ten of the Morse episodes so almost a third of the complete series. In this episode he barely falters in bringing the story alive and filling it with wonderful quotes and excellent dialogue. I write barely because there are a couple of small problems I have with the screenplay. Primarily, is De Vries’s appearance at the home of McNutt dressed as a homeless person. How did De Vries anticipate that Morse would visit McNutt. Was it simply a case of him following Morse and then improvising? No, not unless he drove around with a collection of dirty clothes and make up to allow him to transform into the homeless person. The other niggles are minor and not worth mentioning.

On a positive note it is a piece of brilliant writing that Julian Mitchell has the opening scene showing the character of Papageno dressed as a bird through the window of the building where the play is being rehearsed. Papageno is a sweet innocent character who in the second half of the opera becomes almost as important as the main storyline of The Magic Flute. I have read in the past that the casting of Papageno can make or break a production of the opera. If the actor gets it wrong the character can turn out to be irritating rather than charming. So, could this character be alluding to Sergeant Lewis and the part he will play in this episode?

Then we have a glimpse of what will make Danny Boyle one of Britain’s leading directors. This episode is stylishly directed but without any pretensions. One great scene is when Morse finally catches up with De Vries. This is darkly written scene with the impending death of Morse. His life displayed in photographs on the wall. But Boyle shoots the scene in dazzling bright light. There is light flooding the room from two large windows and this light is amplified by the white walls. There is barely a shadow in the room. Due to the scenes dark writing tone many directors would have had a darkened room or shadows cast across the De Vries’s face to emphasize his black soul and dark intentions. Or with Morse’s impending death a director may have been drawn to have Morse walk into a shadow to allude to his forthcoming demise.

But not Danny Boyle. He bathes the whole scene in bright light to, I believe, allow each character to clearly see who they are and what they stand for and what their actions have created. In the bright light of day one cannot hide from themselves, emotionally, mentally or truthfully.

But for all the dark subject matter in the episode there is still some excellent comic scenes. One of my favourites is Morse’s reaction to finding out the fire was started using a copy of The Magic Flute by Arturo Toscanini. Lewis’s laugh is priceless


EPISODE JAG RATING, (out of ten)


It is no surprise that all the classical music is excerpts from the Mozart opera The Magic Flute. (The Magic Flute (German: Die Zauberflöte), K. 620)

What I will attempt to do is identify the excerpts as to where they happen in the opera and which characters are singing. I have also tried to get all the musical excerpts used in the episode and make them into short videos for each piece.

I am a fan of the opera but do not put myself forward as an expert. So, on that note I apologize in advance for any errors.

So, the episode starts with what is the opening music of the opera.


Morse and Lewis are leaving the town hall where the production was taking place. Morse says to Lewis that he has to speak to McNutt.

After three ladies, attendants of the Queen of the Night, appear and kill the serpent that was tormenting Tomino, he having fainted, he awakes to find Papageno who takes credit for having killed the serpent.


Morse and Lewis are leaving McNutt’s house and walking toward his, now defaced, car. A section of the opening is replayed here.


Morse and Lewis are driving back from McNutt’s house and are trying to make sense of that night’s events.

The music is playing while the council of priests of Isis and Osiris, headed by Sarastro, enter. Sarastro tells the priests that Tamino is ready to undergo the ordeals that will lead to enlightenment. He invokes the gods Isis and Osiris, asking them to protect Tamino and Pamina (Aria and chorus: “O Isis und Osiris“).


The scene starts with Morse staring at the defaced car and then moves into his house where he sits on the settee contemplating all that has happened.

The next piece is from Act 1, scene 1 and is part of the scene after Prince Tamino has just been presented by the Three Ladies with an image of the princess Pamina, and falls instantly in love with her. “Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön” (This portrait is enchantingly lovely)


Morse is in a cell and Lewis and Bottomley arrive at his house to find angry neighbours beating at Morse’s door as their is music blasting from his house.

We are now at act 2, scene 3. The Queen of the Night appears handing Pamina a dagger, ordering her to kill Sarastro with it and threatening to disown her if she does not. “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” (“Hell’s vengeance boils in my heart”)


Morse is released from his cell and returns home. As he lies sleeping on the settee a fire starts.

Tamino declares that he is ready to be tested. Pamina enters and declares her intention to undergo the remaining trials with him. She hands him the magic flute to help them through the trials. Wir wandelten durch Feuergluten, (We wandered through the fire’s glow)


We are now in the house of Hugo DeVries and he and Morse talk of what has happened. Hugo turns on a cassette recording of The Magic Flute.

Papageno and Pamina are searching for Tamino when they are recaptured by Monostatos and his slaves. Papageno plays his magic bells, and Monostatos and his slaves begin to dance, and exit the stage, still dancing, mesmerised by the beauty of the music. Schnelle Füße, racher Mut (Swift feet and ready courage)

Our final piece is when Morse is sitting in his car outside where the opera is being played. Lewis and his wife went along at the behest of Morse. The scene sees Lewis and his wife coming out early (though they almost stayed to the end as the music that can be heard playing is almost at the end of the opera).

The traitorous Monostatos appears with the Queen of the Night and her three ladies. They plot to destroy the temple (“Nur stille, stille“) and the Queen confirms that she has promised her daughter Pamina to Monostatos.

Below is a recording of The Magic Flute where all the monologues and dialogues have been omitted.


Literary References


Morse is sitting on the stairs in the building’s hall as the opera company begin to leave having all been questioned. Morse says goodnight to them and then says,

“Good ladies, goodnight sweet ladies”.

This is from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Spoken by Ophelia,

Come, my coach! Good night, ladies; good night, sweet ladies;

good night, good night”.


Within the same scene as above, Deardon enters the area carrying the knife that was lying beside the body of Beryl Newsome. Morse asks to see it and lifts is up to the light and says,

“Is this a dagger I see before me”.

From Shakespeare’s Macbeth, spoken by Macbeth,

Is this a dagger which I see before me,

The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.

I have thee not, and yet I see thee still”.


While in his cell he asks Lewis to bring him the libretto of The Magic Flute. He then says, “into the mysteries.Though whether of light or darkness“. I don’t recognize the phrase. It does sound biblical but I cannot find any mention of it.



In the office of Amnox where Beryl Newsome worked as does Marion Brooke, on the wall is a poster.

We have seen this before piece before in the episode Dead of Jericho; Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Proserpine.


We are in Strange’s office where we find him talking to Bottomley. Behind him is a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

This portrait is by Leonard Munro Borden.

Interesting Quotes.

14m 34s

Bottomley: “I know Morse does really care for me”.

Lewis: “He doesn’t much care for anybody, Sir.”

16m 51s

Morse: “The richness of your family never fails to astound me Lewis.”

1h 10m 20s

Morse: “Where’s Lewis. I want Lewis.”

1h 10m 43s

Strange: “You know Lewis, Morse is a very good copper. But sometimes he’s more trouble than he’s worth.”

Interesting Facts

Madelaine Newton who plays Beryl Newsome is Kevin Whately’s real life wife.

Ian McDiarmid who plays Hugo De Vries is probably most famous for playing Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars films.

Mark Strong who plays PC Butterworth has become a well known and great actor and with one of the most distinctive voices on TV and film.

Here is a short video of Danny Boyle the director of the episode talking about the episode.


Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, Chiswick. (Opera rehearsals)

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Saint Albans Cathedral, Abbey Mill Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 4HB

(Where Lewis and Morse park the car to visit Marion at AMNOX. The car is parked on Romeland. It is also where Marion and Morse talk)

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George Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire. (The building posing as HQ of AMNOX where Marion and Beryl worked. The building with the blue door.)

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Beryl Newsome’s flat is said to be on Cowley Road but after looking up and down that road in Oxford I couldn’t find it.

Bodlian Library where Lewis is looking at back copies of The Oxford Mail.


Royal Oak pub, Kitters Green, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, (Where Morse and Lewis have a pint)

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Thanks to Ant who located the wine shop that Morse visits to find out Hugo’s address at around the one hour and 20 minute mark.

Ant pointed that the location is Beaconsfield Old Town. The wine shop has gone and been replaced by Thai massage place.

I believe the wine shop was split into two. The other part is the dry cleaners.


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Diane Fletcher as Marion Brooke. Born: April 17, 1944.


Richard Kane as Chief Inspector Bottomley. Born: September 17, 1938.


Ian McDiarmid as Hugo De Vries. Born: August 11, 1944.


Iain Cuthbertson as Desmond McNutt. Born: January 4, 1930 – Died: September 4, 2009.


Madelaine Newton as Beryl Newsome. Born – Unknown.


Celestine Randall as Sandra Machin. Born – Unknown.


Roland Oliver as the Conductor. Born – Unknown.


John Arthur as the porter. Born – Unknown.


Mark Strong as PC Butterworth. Born: August 5, 1963.


Richard Huw as Detective Constable Reardon. Born unknown.


James Smith as Bank manager Prettyman. No info.


Timothy (Tip) Tipping as PC Dene. Born: February 13, 1958 – Died: February 5, 1993.


James Grout as Chief Superintendent Strange. Born: October 22, 1927 – Died: June 24, 2012. James Grout’s obituary


Author: Chris Sullivan

After having looked after my mum for some 11 years she is now unfortunately in a nursing home. I'm afraid her dementia worsened as did her physical capabilities. So, for the first time in 21 years I find myself no longer caring for anyone. Apart from my mum I was also a single parent to two children and also looked after my dad who had Alzheimers, (he died in 2005). So, I have decided to return to University to try and get another degree this time in English Literature. (My other degree I got some 30 years ago is one in Ecological Science). After a year at college I have passed all grades and now will start Edinburgh University in September 2019. A busy time ahead made even busier by my writing a book on the TV series, Lewis.

49 thoughts

  1. I agree with all you wrote, but I can hardly bear the episode until Morse is no longer thought to be guilty. Such good acting.

  2. Where did Morse and DVries originally meet up, and why does he hate Morse so much.?? Seen thie ep countless times, but due for a re-watch soon.

  3. Chris, watching this episode for the ? time, I froze the image at 36.47 when Lewis was examining General Fund B and noticed an error: the 600 pounds interest received correctly appears in the credit column but it has been subtracted, from not added to, the balance!

  4. Derrick Somerset Macnutt
    Born Derrick Somerset Macnutt
    29 March 1902
    Eastbourne, East Sussex, England
    Died 1971
    Five Oaks, Billingshurst, West Sussex, England
    Nationality British, English
    Occupation School master, crossword compiler
    Derrick Somerset Macnutt (1902–1971) was a British crossword compiler who provided crosswords for The Observer newspaper under the pseudonym Ximenes.

  5. Take a look at the bank transaction details at 38.07 or so — they reveal Morse’s first initial long before “The Wench is Dead”!

  6. Did anyone notice the microphone attached to Morse’s tie when he and Lewis are walking to visit Brooke at Amnox? As they are walking and having a conversation (Morse asks Lewis if he believes in God) a breeze blows aside his tie and you can plainly see the microphone. I only noticed it after watching the episode a few times but I’m sorry I did because it jolts you back to the fact that it is just a TV show!

    1. Well spotted Kathleen. I had glimpsed it in the past many years ago but I thought it was a tie pin and didn’t think anymore of it. Wow surprised it wasn’t noticed during filming.

  7. Tying up the connections and loose-ends between ‘Morse’, ‘Lewis’ and ‘Endeavour’ is worthwhile but fraught;

    above is mentioned the expected arrival of McNutt in ‘Endeavour’; but how about Hillian (who kicks-off ‘Second time around’; I suppose that episode is the inspiration for the epithet ‘good detective, but a poor policeman’ in ‘Endeavour’!)? However, there is this huge part of ‘Endeavour’ – so far- in Fred Thursday, never mentioned in ‘Morse’; how is this paradox to be resolved? Perhaps it will quietly be ignored and forgotten about, or maybe there will be circumstances arising which will result in Morse being so upset that everyone understands that Thursday’s name is never mentioned in front of Morse.

    This all raises the question of exactly how long ‘Endeavour’ is to continue; ‘Morse’ started when Morse was in his later 40s, so, presumably the prequel, which commenced where young Morse was in his late twenties, could believably continue for a longer run. (Sean Evans is about 5 yrs older than the character)

    1. Hi Stephen. I have attempted to find all the connections between Endeavour, Morse and Lewis. I believe the Endeavour series will end at 33 episodes as did Morse and Lewis. The Thursday paradox will, I believe, not be resolved in any way to help us understand why he was never mentioned in the original books or series. Thursday is a character created by Russell Lewis and that will be that.

  8. Chris,

    You mention the quote “into the mysteries, though whether of light or darkness….”

    This is a Masonic reference, not a biblical one. The journey from darkness into light is a common theme in Freemasonry, and the concept of the ‘Mysteries’ (or ‘Ancient Mysteries’) refers to the state of enhanced enlightenment, common to most (if not all) religions dating back to Egyptian times, that is earned through study, ritual and initiation.

    There are tons of interesting materials online relating to the link between Freemasonry and Mysteries. For example, this:

    It’s a fascinating topic, whether you believe in any of it or not!

    Thanks for the blog by the way. I only stumbled upon it because my son is up at Oxford reading English Literature (at Somerville, just up the road from the Eagle & Child, or the ‘Bird & Baby’ as it is known locally) and I was researching some Morseian pubs for us to visit together next term!


  9. Just listened to Kevin Whately’s Desert Island discs, where he said his wife had appeared in “Morse”.
    She (Madelaine Newton) plays Beryl Newsome, the victim.

    1. Hi Nick and welcome to my website. I believe I have mentioned within my review the fact regarding Kevin Whately’s wife.

  10. Seeing this episode again, i can’t help noticing the recurring green color coming back in morse’s clothing, strange’s tie and other props. Is that a significant masonic color?

  11. I just watched this episode, my first episode of Morse ever, although I have seen all of Lewis and the first four seasons of Endeavour which I love. Thanks for your writing Chris, you’ve really done some in depth coverage here, I love all the behind the scenes info.

    1. Thank you Matt i’m glad you are enjoying my site. I hope you find many other things of interest.

  12. How come no one’s ever picked up on John Thaw’s/Morse’s & Ian McDiarmid’s/De Vries’ mispronunciation of “Monostatos” (the “baddy” in The Flute)? The stress should be on the second “o”, not on the “a”. By way of explanation, I am rewatching the rerun on ITV3 at the moment…

      1. I have found that the Wine Merchants shown in the previous scene was Beaconsfield Wine Cellar, 38 London End, Beaconsfield

      2. As mentioned below – Beaconsfield Old Town is where the Wine Merchant scene was filmed. Was there until a few years ago (although had rather less in your face customer service than Morse got!). Seems to be some kind of beauty treatment place now.

        Chippenham Close I suspect is a false name – the sign is on wooden posts (2×4” timbers ?) which seems wrong for such an upmarket estate. That estate looks incredibly familiar however (lived last 10 years in South Bucks including Beaconsfield).

      3. I am so, so sorry for having taken so long to answer your comment. Thank you for the information regarding the location of the wine shop. I have added that info to my post. Again, sorry.

  13. Hi Chris, I have just found the music for the scene where Lewis checks the Oxford Mail at 1:02:02 . . . it’s also from the Magic Flute, near the end of Act 1, called ‘Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton’. I’m sure you knew, but I didn’t, and its such a lovely note of lightness and joy in this harrowing episode 🙂

  14. Absolutely outstanding episode. First class. One thing is puzzling me about Morse’s home, though. In this story we see that it is clearly a house with upstairs rooms. Yet in The Remorseful Day the house seems to have several doorbells, like a group of flats? Was this a deliberate change or just a production team continuity error?

  15. I love this review, thank you, Chris. It’s an amazing episode that has stood up to multiple viewings. I first saw Diane Fletcher in the original “House of Cards” with Ian Richardson, where she was absolutely formidable, and she is here too. One aspect that makes me chuckle is Hugo De Vries being described early on as a total charmer (Morse says when he walks into a room “women kick off their shoes and men open their wallets.”) but when he is finally revealed in all his oily reptilian glory, his manner and appearance are so loathsome it’s impossible to imagine anyone finding him attractive. I guess an aspect of his genius was an ability to transform himself into someone who wouldn’t make your skin crawl!

    1. Hi Sloan and thank you for your lovely comment. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I think you are right in regard to your thoughts of DeFries but attractiveness can be a rather subjective thing.

  16. In what Endeavour episode did Hugo de Vries meet Morse as a Sergeant? I’m confused. Thank you.

  17. How did de Vries get the keys for getting into Morse’s house and how come none of the neighbours noticed a strange man letting himself in?

  18. This is always in my top three favorites as well, Chris. The only thing that doesn’t sit right with me and doesn’t make sense to me is when Lewis is out in the car while Morse is inside with DeVries and Lewis hears the gunshot that DeVries fires. He just keeps banging on the door and asking Morse if he is ok. Wouldn’t he break down the door or the window or however he could get in?

    1. I too have always had a problem with that scene, Kathleen. Lewis should have broken down the door or at least go to the window and find out if Morse is alive.

    2. I guess we have to give allowances for contrived suspense on TV sometimes. Or maybe the location owner wouldn’t allow it!

  19. Hi, Chris,
    I am so excited, Masonic Mysteries is being shown in about 4 hours on PBS, in the California Bay Area (KQED) and I cannot wait to use all of the knowledge from you, your website and my colleagues who also love Morse.
    Thank you so much for making this ride so much better, cheers!

  20. There is a problem with this episode: the Swedish police tells Lewis that DeVries is dead. Later on, the same Swedish police tells Lewis that DeVries “let himself out on parole 6 moths ago”. Either the Swedes are totally incompetent or someone dropped the ball. It is never resolved what happens to Marion: does she get charged or does Morse (again!) let her skate, like he has done in the past? Must subtract two Jags from the score , 7 JAGs.

    1. Hi Adrian, I think DeVries hacked into the Swedish police computer and changed the information to suit himself so perhaps he could have written two different outcomes. As far as Marion, I thought that when Morse was questioning her, she was in custody then. So I assumed she was charged as I don’t believe she could walk away from what she did. As we’ve seen, we never find out anything about the trials or sentences of the criminals once Morse arrests them. I can only think of three instances ( there may be more) when he had to testify at an inquest and they were in the Dead of Jericho episode, the Dead on Time episode, and the Service for All the Dead episode. And even then we didn’t know for certain the final outcome.

      1. Hi Kathleen

        It made no sense for DeVries to overwrite what he has already written in the police records (the fact that he’s dead, this is the best cover). I think it is a writer oversight.
        Morse definitely lied on behalf of the woman murderer at the inquest in Service for All the Dead.
        I think DeVries murdered Beryl, despite his denying it. He was inside (as the costume checker) while Marion was outside , on the public phone. Morse has a quick look at the phone card before throwing it on the floor, an unexpected error from a senior detective.
        DeVries is also the one who unloads McNutt body from a van into Morse’s house, he had ample opportunity to kill him when he was left alone with McNutt.

      2. Yes I agree that DeVries killed Beryl and McNutt. Marion was his accomplice but he used her and tried to blame her for Beryl’s murder.

  21. Too bad we don’t get to see Marion coming out of prison and trying to make good on her threat. This would be “Revenge Part 2”. BTW, my grandfather on my mother’s side was a mason, he taught my mother the secret handshakes ……I never bothered with this nonsense.

  22. Am I the only one who found Richard Kane’s performance as Chief Inspector Bottomley unbelievably hammy? I appreciate that he was portraying a pompous, self important character, but this was certainly not the way to do it. His dreadful overacting stood out for all the wrong reasons from the rest of the cast’s subtle, naturalistic performances and grated in every scene he appeared in….

  23. Ha! Yeah, he did lay it on awfully thick. To be fair to him, he may have been following the director’s orders.

  24. Great site! We’re just re-watching Morse for the 4711 time and I just remembered an episode from the middle/late 90’s:
    We were at our (then) favorite restaurant, “Santorino” (formerly “Romantica” on Moscow Road Greek-Cypriot),
    and at the table just to the right of us were seated: Ian McDiarmid!

    1. Hi Jasper, Just when I thought I was the only one who watched Morse unendingly! Glad to see I’m not the only addict! Don’t know where that restaurant is/was but what a lucky night that was for you.

      1. Thanks Kathleen, you’re not the only addict….. 🙂
        Will watch *Deadly Slumber’ tonight.

        (We alternate with ‘Foyle’s War’ and have just completed ‘The Adam Dalgliesh Chronicles’ too.)

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