Inspector Morse

The Dead of Jericho

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 1/6/87
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  • Episode Description
  • Morse is assigned the case of a suspicious suicide. The inspector has been wooing Anne Staveley, whom he met at choir practice, but it is a love destined not to be. When she is found hanged, Morse suspects foul play and sets out to discover the truth. While on this case, Morse first teams up with Lewis, and a classic partnership is established.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Thaw

    Chief Inspector Morse

  • Kevin Whately

    Detective Sergeant Lewis

  • Anthony Minghella

  • Alastair Reid

  • Gemma Jones

    Anne Staveley

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • As the first Morse, this is an excellent way to start what turns out to be a very long running series. We are not told everything about the main characters, we are teased about hs first name,ut not told what it is for years to come!!!

    By sbieg, Dec 03, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Morse: (To Lewis) You're one of those people who has breakfast, aren't you?

    • The book that Murdock, and later Morse, was reading was Oedipus the King, by Sophocles.

    • Anne: You know, I don't know your first name. Morse: That's right! Anne: So, what is it? Morse: I don't use it. Anne: Well, don't be silly. Morse: It was my parents that were silly. Anne: Well, what do your friends call you? Morse: Morse.

    Notes (5)

    • Music: Vivaldi - Gloria (at the start of the episode)

    • This episode was watched by approx. 14 million viewers.

    • This episode is based on Colin Dexter's 5th Inspector Morse book, The Dead of Jericho (1981), although it was not his first about Morse. As with all the Inspector Morse episodes based on books by Dexter, there are changes - notably in names, such as Anne Scott in the book becoming Anne Stavely on the screen.

    • This episode was rated 15 in both the UK and Ireland.

    • James Grout's irritable character, Strange, was planned to appear only once but he later returned in episodes 5, 9, and 15 before becoming a regular from series 5 onwards. And when Morse dies in The Remorseful Day it is Strange, not Lewis, who is at his bedside.

    Trivia (1)

    • Locations Oxford locations The White Horse, Broad Street (Morse and Anne have a drink here after choir practice) The Bodleian Library area: Clarendon Building, Sheldonian Quad, Radcliffe Square, (Morse walks Anne home) Mansfield Road (Morse walks Anne home) Jericho locations Combe Road (Used as Canal Reach) The Bookbinders Arms * (Morse and Lewis go for a drink after Morse gets caught breaking into Anne's house) Canal Street (Morse enters the phone box to see directory open at "police") Walton Street (George cycles home) Magdalen College (Ned's school apartment) Gill & Co Ltd, Wheatsheaf Passage (The key cutting shop) * Known now as "Old Bookbinders Ale House"

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