Deceived By Flight: Music, Art and Literary References.


Hello everyone. Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to all the well wishers regarding my mum. She is better but unfortunately will not be out of hospital before Christmas. But, we will bring Christmas to her.

So, here we are at one of my all time favourite episodes. I believe this is the only episode where Morse laughs not once, not twice but THREE times. To read my review of the episode click here. I have added the new material in this post to my 2014 review.

Once I have finished with each series I will post a downloadable excel sheet for each category; music, art and literary references. This would allow everyone who downloads said excel sheets to print them off for personal use. Hopefully, having these print outs next to you while you watch the episode will be of help in identifying your favourite pieces of music from all three series. In the same vein the downloadable excel sheets will I hope help in your enjoyment and appreciation of the art and literary references used in all three series.

Of course I am not infallible (I know I was shocked to realise that trait in myself😉 ) so if you should spot an error or omission then please let me know and I will update my post with the new information.

The time of the pieces of music et cetera are based on the British DVD versions of the shows. However, the times shown should not be to dissimilar from other countries versions or should be easy to pinpoint what I am referring to and when.

Deceived By Flight (Series 3, Episode 3).

(Chronologically this is episode 10)


We have three pieces of classical music in this episode and the first is at the very beginning where we see Anthony Don arriving at the University and ends when we find Morse in his office. The piece is the ‘Emperor’ Quartet by Joseph Haydn, (1732-1809).


The second piece of music is again being played on Morse’s radio in his office at the police station. Meanwhile Lewis wants to listen to the cricket commentary 🙂 . The piece is by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) and is the second movement of his Concerto for Cello in A minor. I couldn’t find a video of just the second movement so I have used the video below which has all three movements.


The third piece of music is being played in Morse’s house where we find him discussing the case with Lewis. This piece of music is by Robert Schumann (1810-1856). It is the Third String Quartet.

If you enjoy all the music from the Morse series I have collected all the pieces I have identified thus far and have created playlists on YouTube. On how to access these playlists please read the relevant post by clicking here.

Literary References.


During the scenes of the cricket match Morse has brought along two books with him. He picks up one of the books which is titled ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance‘.


This book is a 1970s classic and it was a bestseller. Of the title the author Robert M. Pirsig has said, “it should in no way be associated with that great body of factual information relating to orthodox Zen Buddhist practice. It’s not very factual on motorcycles, either.”


Our next book is ‘Zen Flesh, Zen Bones‘ by  Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki.


It was first published in 1957 and is a Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings. Morse finds this book on Kate Don’s bookshelf.


Our last literary reference is related by Morse when he and Lewis visit Kate Don’s London flat. Morse quotes E.M.Forster, “Only Connect”. The quote is from Forster’s wonderful novel, ‘Howard’s End’. Margaret Schlegel, the novel’s intellectual heroine, is kissed by Henry Wilcox for the first time. She reflects on what happened,

“It did not seem so difficult. She need trouble him with no gift of her own. She would only point out the salvation that was latent in his own soul, and in the soul of every man. Only connect! That was her whole sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die.”



Our first piece of art is via a poster on the wall of Anthony Don’s college room.


As an aside we of course meet the young Anthony Don in the series three episode ‘Ride’ of the Endeavour series.

anthony don

The painting depicted is section of Paolo Uccello‘s famous ‘Hunt in the Forest‘. Morse fans will recognize this painting form the Lewis episode, ‘The Point of Vanishing‘ (Series 3, Episode 3).

Image result for Uccello's famous Hunt in the Forest

This painting is housed at the Ashmolean in Oxford.


Morse and Lewis are discussing the latter’s holiday plans during the investigation of Anthony Don’s death. On the wall of the university room we see a familiar image that can be found in elsewhere.


The poster depicts a painting by Camille Pissarro (1830-1903). The painting is ‘Peasants Planting Pea Sticks’, (also known as Peasants planting in the field), 1890.

Image result for Peasants Planting Pea Sticks

The above painting can be seen at the Ashmolean in Oxford. If the painting looks familiar that is because we saw another painting by Pissaro based on his works of women working in the field in the episode ‘The Dead of Jericho’.


The above painting is called ‘Peasant Women Planting Stakes‘, (1891). We saw a poster of the above painting on Anne Staveley‘s kitchen wall.


The next painting is hanging on the wall of a university room in Oriel College. The scene is where Morse and Roland are discussing the murder of Anthony Don.


The above painting is called ‘Dante Lecturing to a Group of Followers (Six Tuscan Poets)‘ by Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574). Below is a better representation of the painting.

Dante Lecturing to a Group of Followers (Six Tuscan Poets)



Well that is another post finished in this series of posts regarding the music, art and literary references of the Inspector Morse series. I hope you enjoyed it. Next post in this series will be ‘The Secret of Bay 5b’.

Thank you once again for all your support and kind comments. Merry Christmas to you all and I hope it is a happy day for everyone.



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.

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