A timely tale from Morse’s past...
RACISM bubbles to the surface in this rerun of a fifth series episode, made all the more poignant by its timing amid recent news.
Set in 1968, the detective drama prequel to Inspector Morse finds the city of Oxford reeling when a protest at a hair salon exposes rising racial tensions.
The episode takes inspiration from Oxford’s real life history, in which preacher and civil rights campaigner Malcolm X was invited to speak at the Oxford Union in 1964.
In the drama, Malcolm (Marcus Griffiths) speaks out against racism, debating Fascist sympathiser Lady Bayswater (Caroline Goodall), and the debate attracts a large audience.
But the daughter of the former leader of the British Union of Fascists is attacked by a student protestor.
And Morse (Shaun Evans) and his new girlfriend Claudine also get caught up in the fracas, while trying not to let it ruin their date.
Meanwhile, a modelling shoot at a nearby Army barracks is a source of great excitement for all the soldiers, but of course this is a crime drama so it doesn’t end well.
Before long a body is discovered and Morse must uncover long held secrets within the regiment to solve the case.
It’s made all the more troublesome when Thursday (Roger Allam) finds out that his son is connected to the murder.
There’s a wonderful contrast between the glamour of high society and a dark and sinister plot, set against a backdrop of political unrest.