Inspector Morse

Season 7 Episode 8

The Remorseful Day

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 15, 2000 on ITV



  • Trivia

    • 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

  • Notes

    • 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

    • 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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