An original drama written by Alma Cullen around the characters of Morse and Lewis created by Colin Dexter. The focus is on the time in Morse's career when his mind was developing its incisive edge and his personal life was at its most complex.
The year is 1987, and Morse is at the theatre, where the young actress playing Ophelia dies on stage during a performance of Hamlet. A Suspicious Death inquiry begins.
When a suspect is murdered, Morse becomes convinced that the two deaths do, somehow, connect with what happened at an Oxford student production of Hamlet which he was a part of in 1962.
The writer Alma Cullen wrote four screenplays for the popular Inspector Morse TV series, and was a member of the team of writers who helped to create four series which won all the major TV drama awards. She has also written several other TV crime series and one-off screenplays, twelve radio plays and four stage plays.
Neil Pearson plays Morse. He first starred in the award winning popular tv series Drop The Dead Donkey and Between The Lines, and continues to take leading roles in television and in the theatre while also running a successful business as a dealer in rare and unusual books.
Lee Ingleby, as Lewis, is perhaps best known for his roles as Detective Sergeant John Bacchus in the BBC drama Inspector George Gently and Stan Shunpike in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Directed by Marilyn Imrie
A Catherine Bailey production for BBC Radio 4.