the UK based production company finally put the famous ventilator up for auction. It was used for all terminal patients in Morse episodes, other than Morse himself. Morse had to have a speaking part to the very end, and the ventilator tube does not allow an actor to speak. During the over ten years of production, the unit was also lent out to other production companies connected with BBC and ITV.
Prop manager Ken Townsend states that it was a hospital reject, but still working when first used in the show. In the end "at least the moving parts and the screen still came to life. I don't think it pumped air anymore."