Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.
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 Chief Inspector Morse (33 episodes, 1987-2000)
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 Detective Sergeant Lewis (32 episodes, 1987-2000)
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 Chief Superintendent Strange (22 episodes, 1987-2000)
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First broadcast in 1987, the Inspector Morse series is a cops and crime drama based on the Colin Dexter novels of the same name. The show is based around the exciting exploits of Morse - a senior officer within the Criminal Investigation Department of the Oxford Police - as he investigates heavy crimes in and around Oxford with his sidekick, Sergeant Lewis. Morse is a grumpy classical music aficionado who loves beer, and who frequently loses patience with the earnest but somewhat slow Lewis. Written by Bai

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In the pilot movie Endeavour: Pilot (2012), which is the spin-off of "Inspector Morse" (about the young Morse's early days when first joining the police force; why it's called "Endeavour" will not be revealed here lest it spoil it for people who have yet to see it or are new to the "Inspector Morse" universe), Inspector Morse's creator Colin Dexter's love of crossword puzzles play a major factor in the solving of the murders in that first episode. See more »

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Morse: When I'm thinking, I get thirsty.
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The flute in the theme music spells Morse's name in Morse code. Also, it sometimes spells the name of the murderer(!) and sometimes the name of an innocent character, to throw knowledgeable listeners off the trail. See more »

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My favourite detective series - outstanding in quality.
27 September 2008 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I am sorry, I never had the chance to meet John Thaw. He gave so much to his part as Chief Inspector Morse, and I always admired him for this. By that, I mean, I read a couple of Colin Dexter's novels, and I absolutely found them good - but sorry, not outstanding. But with Thaw came the elegance, personality - not 100% the precise character from the novels, no luckily John Thaw's personal version of Morse. I agree with another comment on this site, the TV version clearly surpasses the original novels.

One of many fantastic things about this TV series is the fact, that the recipe was clear from day one. There is not one really bad episode among - impressive considering the many years, it took to shoot all the episodes. Actually the series almost starts with one of my favourite episodes "Silent World Of Nicholas Quinn" (1986) - and almost ends with one of them "Death Is Now My Neighbour" (1997). But in between we are treated with masterpieces such as "Who Killed Harry Field", "Driven To Distraction", "Decieved By Flight" - and my personal favourite "Death Of The Self". Each of the these episodes show how outstanding an actor John Thaw was - and how good the series really is.

It is my favourite detective series, and it is simply one masterpiece after another.


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