I did not actually watch the episode, it was on at the gym.
By choosing the title they have rather limited the scope of series, and the high body count (which they are now taking the piss of in promos for the series) in the hinterland of Oxfordshire / Buckinghamshire is even less plausible than it was in Inspector Morse.
I was astounded and amazed to discover that it is based on a series of books, by Caroline Graham, who is the American correspondent of the Mail on Sunday, Which may tell you something (though many of you will have heard my 'Mail journalists don't believe in the rubbish they write, but Telegraph ones do' factoid which came from a journalist and may or may not be true). I had assumed that Central had come up with Inspector .NOT.Morse i.e. we have established
that Barnaby is the happily married man, and his sidekick is single.
that Barnaby prefers wine to beer.
that he hates opera
that he drives a sensible car
Maybe she wrote them this way in the hope of getting Central to pick them up. Or maybe Central changed things from the books, as they did for Morse (in the early books Lewis is the same age as Morse).
11.30 p.m. on a Friday night and I am sitting here writing about crap TV. How sad is that?