The Secret of Bay 5B: Music, Art and Literary References.


Hello one and all and welcome to my latest in a series of posts regarding the music, art and literary references in the Morse episodes.

To read my review of this episode click here. I have of course added the information here to the review which was written some two years ago.

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.

The Secret of Bay 5B – Series 3, Episode 4.

Chronologically this was episode 11.



Before Rosemary Henderson (played by Mel Martin) visits the gym she decides to go for a drink.


While there the BBC 4 radio drama The Arches starts and its very familiar theme plays.

Barwick Green” is the theme music to the long-running BBC Radio 4 soap opera The Archers. It is a “maypole dance” from the suite My Native Heath, written in 1924 by the Yorkshire composer Arthur Wood, and named after Barwick-in-Elmet, east of Leeds, West Yorkshire.


The music being played as we join what appears to be a policeman’s ball. There are two pieces played by the band but i’m afraid I don’t recognize them. They may of course have been written by Barrington Pheloung.


In Morse’s house we find him sitting at home listening to opera. Specifically he is listening to Richard Wagner‘s (1813 – 1883) Parsifal. Specifically the Prelude to Parsifal.


We are back in Morse’s house but this time he has the company of Dr Grayling Russell.


They are listening to a quick step which again I cannot identify.

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.

Or click here to my Youtube channel where you will find the music of Morse and Endeavour contained in playlists.



We are in the house of Brian and Fran Pierce. Specifically we are in Brian’s room cum gallery.

Morse is looking intently at one particular painting which he identifies as Romney Marsh. Brian Pierce identifies the artist as Inchbold.



However, the painting, on the left, is not by John William Inchbold (1830 – 1888) and he never painted anything titled Romney Marsh. In fact it is a very bad print of View near Sefton by the British artist John Edward Newton (1834–1891)


The painting to the right of Morse in the screen capture above, I am not so sure of. I believe it might be a pastiche of Edward Burne-Jones’ (1833 – 1898) painting Flamma Vestalis.


In the same scene the camera pans around of the walls showing a few other paintings. First up is this one;


The above is Val d’Aosta by John Brett (1830-1902)


Next up we have two paintings.


The one at the top is Greenwich Park by JOHN WILLIAM INCHBOLD, (1830-1888). Now we have an Inchbold. 🙂greenwich-park-by-john-william-inchbold

The painting seen at the bottom of the screen grab above is Golden Prospects, St Catherine’s Well, Land’s End, Cornwall by John Brett (1831 – 1902) CMN95623 Golden Prospects, St. Catherine's Well, Land's End, Cornwall, 1881 (oil on canvas) by Brett, John (1831-1902) oil on canvas 106.7x214 Nottingham City Museums and Galleries (Nottingham Castle) English, out of copyright

Literary References.

I’m afraid I didn’t notice any. If any of you lovely blog readers do encounter some in this episode let me know.

We have come to the end of another post. I hope you not only enjoy the post but that it may help to enjoy the episode a little more when re-watched. Take care 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. UPDATE: My mum died from Covid-19 on the 6th May 2020. 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. I am now in second year having passed all the requirements in first year.

2 thoughts

  1. Hello Chris
    I’m just starting at beginning of the Morse episodes again and just noticed that Morse and Dr Russell we’re getting close in Secrets of Bay 5d and next episode she has gone with no explanation (or did I miss that)?

    1. Hi Debbie and welcome to my website. I have read various reasons for Dr Russell’s department but the one that appears to be closer to the truth is that the producers didn’t want Morse getting to close to one woman. Hope that helps.

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