Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Last Bus to Woodstock 

A young blonde hitches a late lift from a bus stop and ends up dead in a pub car park.


Peter Duffell


Colin Dexter (novel), Michael Wilcox (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Anthony Bate ... Bernard Crowther
Terrence Hardiman ... Clive Palmer
Fabia Drake ... Mrs. Jarman
Jill Baker ... Jennifer Coleby
Holly Aird ... Angie Hartman
Paul Geoffrey ... Peter Newlove
Peter Woodthorpe ... Max
Ingrid Lacey ... Mary Widdowson
Shirley Dixon ... Margaret Crowther
Ian Sears Ian Sears ... John Sanders
Perry Fenwick Perry Fenwick ... Jimmy
Shirley Stelfox ... Mrs. Kane
Jenny Jay Jenny Jay ... Sylvia Kane


Morse and Lewis investigate the murder of a young woman, Sylvia Kane, found dead in a pub car park. She was last seen at a bus stop asking for the times of the bus to Woodstock and was to meet as friend at the same pub where she was found. She had accepted a lift from someone in a red car and the police find an envelope on the dead girl addressed to Jennifer Coleby, a co-worker. This leads Morse to uncover a complex set of social inter-relationships and eventually, the girl's killer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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22 March 1988 (UK) See more »

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This is the last episode featuring Peter Woodthorpe as pathologist Max. See more »


Although the Fabia Drake character is clearly addressed as "Miss Jarman" several times and is presented as a spinster who lives alone, the end credits list her as "Mrs. Jarman". See more »


Chief Inspector Morse: It's murder, Lewis.
Detective Sergeant Lewis: Why do you say that?
Chief Inspector Morse: Scratches on the face, coded messages. It's right up my street.
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"Any chance of a drink?"
1 July 2017 | by MarqymarquisSee all my reviews

My second favourite episode of this wonderful series - made so by the magnificent appearances of Ian Sears (so good in BBC's Johnny Jarvis; Autumn 1983); Perry Fenwick (the latter memorably addressing the former as a "tosser") and, best of all, the luminous, gorgeous and underused Jenny Jay. Almost inevitably, Morse takes out a crush on a witness - not knowing she is sexually involved with another witness; thus Morse is further established as a man of continuing romantic disappointment: in this case where his nemesis and his icon are inextricably linked. As with virtually all Morse actors, Anthony Bate couldn't turn in a duff performance to save his life; and he's ably abetted here by Peter Woodthorpe in his final appearance as pathologist Max, and the scrumptious Holly Aird with skirts billowing as she balletically swans around college; also on display is the marvellous Fabia Drake looking not a day older than she did in the opening episode of The Prisoner 20 years earlier; and the ever reliable Terrence Hardiman as a company executive doing obtuse as only he can. All told then 10/10 Mark James Burden

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