Inspector Morse episode, ‘Driven to Distraction’: Music, Art & Literary References.

Hello my fellow Morsonians and welcome to my post on the music, art and literary references of the Inspector Morse episode, Driven to Distraction. An episode where Patrick Malahide as Jeremy Boynton and David Ryall as Derek Whittaker almost steal the show.

To read my review, which includes pub locations etc, of this episode click here. I have of course added the information from here to the review which was written some 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.

Driven To Distraction: Series 4, Episode 3.

Chronologically this is episode 14.


A mixture of jazz and classical in this episode. The singer of the jazz pieces is Marion Montgomery but unfortunately I can find no videos of her anywhere singing the songs included in this episode.

Marion Montgomery was an American singer who died in 2002. Here is a link to her obituary,

At the beginning, in the first victim’s car (though technically she is the third victim) we hear Cole Porter’s ‘You Do Something to Me’ sung by Marian Montgomery. Below is a video of the wonderful Ella Fitzgerald singing her version of the song.


Jazz music again but this time in the killer’s car. It is again Marian Montgomery singing ‘Why Don’t You Behave’. Here below is Ella Fitzgerald’s version of the song. Thank you to June who found this on Youtube.


The next piece is being played in Boynton’s car when he arrives at Jackie Thorn’s flat but finds the police swarming and journalists swarming all over the area. The music is the same as the piece heard in Jackie Thorn’s car at the beginning, Cole Porter’s ‘You Do Something to Me’. 


The killer is watching his next victim from his car while listening to the same piece of music at one minute 49 seconds, ‘Why Don’t You Behave’.


The classical music being played while Morse sits in his car contemplating the case is Johann Sebastian Bach’s, (1685 – 1750), Six Suites for Violin and Cello. Suite No. 3. Below is a video of the brilliant Yo Yo Ma playing the piece on the cello. If you want to feel heavenly then click on the video.


The killer is following his next victim, Pamela Steadman, in his car. The music is the same as above, ‘Why Don’t You Behave’.


While the SOCO (Scene of Crime Officers) take Boynton’s car apart the team push in a cassette in the car and what plays is of course, ‘You Do Something to Me’.


While Morse and Sergeant Maitland work on the computers the music of Mozart. The piece being played is the Horn Concerto No 4.


The Killer is again watching his next victim, Pamela Steadman, while playing ‘Why Don’t You Behave’. 

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. For this particular episode I have made a separate playlist for the jazz and the classical music.

Literary References.


Jeremy Boynton visits Angie Howe in the bookshop where he works. Boynton says that he will read Candida while he waits for Angie to finish for the day.

Candida is a play by George Bernard Shaw set in October of 1894 the same year it was written.


Morse, Lewis and Maitland are following a car to try and get an idea of how the killer thinks. As they watch the car they are following enter police offices Morse says, “Curioser and Curioser said Alice”.

This is of course from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The quote is from chapter 2, The Pool of Tears and is said after Alice ate the cake that had the words ‘Eat me’ on it. The full quote is;

`Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English); `now I’m opening out like the largest telescope that ever was! Good-bye, feet!’ (for when she looked down at her feet, they seemed to be almost out of sight, they were getting so far off).


There is no art to speak of in this episode. Unless you consider Morse’s jag as art. 😉

That is the end of this post. Short but hopefully sweet. The next episode to get the music, art and literary references treatment is Masonic Mysteries arguably the best Morse episode ever made. 

Author: Chris Sullivan

Up until a few years ago I was my mum's full time carer. She died last year of Covid. I am now about to start my third year year at Edinburgh University studying for a second degree this one being English Literature. My other degree is in Ecological Science. At the moment I am attempting to write a novel.

11 thoughts

  1. Thanks Chris I enjoyed reading this article one of my favourite episodes! do you think a Morse quiz would be a good idea in some form?

  2. Hi Chris maybe morsonians could pose a question a day/week or a monthly quiz I’m not sure hmm we will all have to give it some thought maybe since it is Friday evening I shall have a glass of wine to lubricate the brain cells!

    1. Why Can’t You Behave?, sung by Marion Montgomery, is from the the album Mellow (Elgin 17) 1993.

  3. Hi Chris, thanks for the great work (as usual!). It’s really helpful to have your blog as a reference. Keep it up!

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