Inspector Morse

Season 1 Episode 1

The Dead of Jericho

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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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