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Investigating Morse: detecting innovations in sound and image

Hewett, Richard (2022) Investigating Morse: detecting innovations in sound and image. In: Moments in Television: Sound/Image. Moments in Television . Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 38-59. ISBN 978-1-5261-4919-0

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Hewett, Richard

One of the most popular and successful crime dramas of the 1990s, Inspector Morse (ITV, 1987-2000) starred John Thaw as the Oxford detective with a passion for classical music and real ale, and encompassed seven series and five special episodes. While existing academic work has lauded the series for its ‘quality’ and ‘heritage’ signifiers, to date little research has been conducted with regard to its innovative approach to sound and image. The series was particularly notable for how it either juxtaposed these elements – as in debut episode ‘The Dead of Jericho’, in which Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria in Exelcis Dio’ and Hubert Parry’s ‘My Soul There is a Country’ contrast with a police raid – or allowed them an unusual degree of dominance, as when Brian Johnston’s cricket commentary, a radio call-in show and the strains of Saint-Saens’ ‘Concerto for Cello’ compete for the viewer’s (and Morse’s) attention in the opening to ‘Deceived by Flight’. Such experimentation set the series apart from contemporary generic conventions, developing a self-conscious style that helped ensure its success, leaving audiences by turns captivated, unsettled and entranced, and reaching viewing figures of 18 million in the process.

Official Website: https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526149190/
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Manchester University Press
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Communication
Date: May 2022
Date Deposited: 26 May 2022 14:57
Last Modified: 26 May 2022 14:57
Item ID: 18162
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/18162

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