Inspector Morse

Season 7 Episode 8

The Remorseful Day

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 15, 2000 on ITV
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After a year of baffled failure, the Thames Valley Police Force's investigation into the murder of Yvonne Harrison in a quiet Cotswold village is sparked into life by an anonymous letter which gives new information. Morse, who has been off sick, is under doctor's orders to cut back on his drinking or face the consequences, but few people realize just how bad the state of his health is when he comes back to active service. Of course, Morse takes the view we would expect from him about Lewis heading the murder investigation. As always, Morse ignores his doctor's orders, and he soon collapses and finds himself in hospital, near death - and still agonizing over his last case. Morse's final order to Lewis is to send him away from his bed-side to follow the final clue which will crack the case. It seems odd for Strange, Morse's old antagonist, to be with him when he dies, and not Lewis - but Strange rises to the occasion.moreless

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    John Thaw

    John Thaw

    Chief Inspector Morse

    Kevin Whately

    Kevin Whately

    Detective Sergeant Lewis

    Jesse Birdsall

    Jesse Birdsall

    John Barron

    Guest Star

    Paul Freeman

    Paul Freeman

    Frank Harrison

    Guest Star

    Anna Wilson-Jones

    Anna Wilson-Jones

    Sandra Harrison

    Guest Star

    James Grout

    James Grout

    Chief Superintendent Strange

    Recurring Role

    Clare Holman

    Clare Holman

    Dr. Laura Hobson

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • The final Oxford location for Morse: he collapses with his heart attack in the quad of Exeter College, Oxford.

      • The late Ailish Hurley, who appears as the waitress serving coffee to Morse and Dr Sandra Harrison at the Randolph Hotel, Oxford, was in real life the manager of the hotel's bar. She was also a friend of Colin Dexter who encouraged him to continue with the Morse books. During filming, the production team and stars of Inspector Morse usually stayed at the Randolph Hotel, and Dexter arranged for Ailish (like him) to play a cameo role in The Remorseful Day.

      • John Thaw said of the end of Morse -

        "I didn't want the television Morse to end like Frank Sinatra - doing an endless series of farewell concerts."

    • QUOTES (1)

    • NOTES (2)

      • This episode is based on Colin Dexter's final Morse book, The Remorseful Day (1999). As usual, the author makes a cameo appearance in the episode - this time, as a tourist in a wheel-chair, seen near the river.

      • Barrington Pheloung, who composed the theme-tune and other music for Morse, appears in The Remorseful Day as a choirmaster.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • As Morse and Lewis are having a drink and watching the sunset, Morse quotes from A.E. Housman's poem 'Easter Hymn' -

        Ensanguining the skies
        How heavily it dies
        Into the west away;
        Past touch and sight and sound
        Not further to be found,
        How hopeless under ground
        Falls the remorseful day.

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