Inspector Morse

Service of All the Dead

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 1/20/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Morse, bored with his holiday, visits a quiet country church and looks into an old unsolved murder and suspected suicide which happened there on hallowed ground. He soon believes he is onto something and draws Lewis into the case, which is officially re-opened. If the church is an unlikely murder scene, its Vicar and his voluntary helpers are equally unlikely suspects. Lawson, the Vicar, is haughty and is said to be perverted. Among his congregation is Ruth Rawlinson, whom Morse is attracted to, but she proves to be having an affair with church warden Harry Josephs, another suspect. Paul Wilson is a very lusty organist and is close to Mrs Josephs. Jealousies and tensions abound. While Morse is wrestling with the quagmire of respectable hypocrisy around the church, it appears that a serial killer is at work.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Thaw

    Chief Inspector Morse

  • Kevin Whately

    Detective Sergeant Lewis

  • Julian Mitchell

  • Peter Hammond

  • Michael Fenner

    Detective Constable Mitchell

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Morse: It's a very funny thing, but as soon as someone doesn't want to discuss something, I do.

    • Lewis: What's the matter? Morse: I'm scared of bloody heights, you stupid sod.

    Notes (3)

    • This episode is based on Colin Dexter's book Service of All the Dead (1979).

    • Rated PG in the UK and 12s in Ireland

    • The parish church seen in the episode is St Michael's at Bray, in Berkshire. The location for the imposing house where Ruth works is Dorney Court, near Windsor.

    Allusions (1)

    • The detective novel on which this episode is based probably has the most complicated storyline of any of Colin Dexter's many books, with a string of murders, conspiracies, sub-plots, and other crimes as well.

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