Inspector Morse

Season 1 Episode 1

The Dead of Jericho

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 06, 1987 on ITV
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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.moreless

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  • 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!!!moreless

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    In this first Inspector Morse we are introduced to the detective as he joins his choral group, a theme that runs through the series, until the very end. He shows interest in a woman who is in the group, and introduces himeself into her life. She puts him off, even though she clearly likes him, but tells us she is having a personal problem, a serious one. She is not ready to tell Morse about the problem, but she wants to get to know him so she will have someone who can help her. Unfortunately, she i killed, in a way which makes the death loo like a suicide. Morse, on his own, runs into another inspector, for whom Lewis is working. This inspetor is more interested in becoming a supervisor, and wants this easy looking case closed as fast as possible. It is Morse who doesn't think this was a suicide, and pushed for a deeper investigation. When the first inspector gets promoted, not because he is smarter than Morse, but because he "fills in the forms" better, Morse takes over, and gets Lewis assigned as his assistant -- if he only knew how close they would become over the next decade!!! Together, Lewis and Morse learn about the troubles in the woman's life, and figure out what happened. Not wanting to give the story away, I will not tell you what happens... but I strongly recommend watching this first episode of Inspector Morse; it's great. Be sure to catch the cameo of Dexter Collins as Morse walks through the closed church's grounds at the midpoint of the story -- he's the heavy set man walking towards the viewers as Morse walks away.moreless
John Thaw

John Thaw

Chief Inspector Morse

Kevin Whately

Kevin Whately

Detective Sergeant Lewis

Gemma Jones

Gemma Jones

Anne Staveley

Guest Star

Patrick Troughton

Patrick Troughton

George Jackson

Guest Star

James Laurenson

James Laurenson

Tony Richards

Guest Star

James Grout

James Grout

Chief Superintendent Strange

Recurring Role

Peter Woodthorpe

Peter Woodthorpe

Max

Recurring Role

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  • 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"

  • 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.

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