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‘Inspector Morse’ Creator Colin Dexter Dies at 86

21 March 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Author Colin Dexter, whose novels spawned the successful crime-drama series “Inspector Morse,” died Tuesday at his home in Oxford, England. He was 86.

His 13 “Morse” novels were adapted for the series starring John Thaw, which aired on broadcaster ITV in the U.K. and was distributed across the world. Dexter’s publisher announced the news in a statement on Tuesday: “With immense sadness, MacMillan announces the death of Colin Dexter, who died peacefully at his home in Oxford this morning.”

Kevin Whately, who played Morse’s sidekick Lewis in the series, described Dexter as “impish and bubbly and always fascinated with everybody and everything,” the BBC reported.

Kevin Lygo, director of television at ITV, said “Inspector Morse” was “one of the nation’s best-loved shows,” and Thaw’s “irascible detective with a love for crosswords, real ale, and classical music” was one of the most popular characters of all time.

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