Inspector Morse: Season 1, Episode 1

The Dead of Jericho (6 Jan. 1987)

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Anne Stavely, a friend of Morse's, ostensibly commits suicide at her home in Jericho, though Morse isn't convinced.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Staveley
James Laurenson ...
Tony Richards
Peter Woodthorpe ...
Norman Jones ...
Spencer Leigh ...
Ned Murdoch
Annie Lambert ...
Adele Richards
Alan Richards
James Grout ...
Charlotte Mitchell ...
Mrs Staveley
David Michaels ...
Paul Dixey ...
Christopher Guinee ...


Morse is taken aback by the apparent suicide of Anne Staveley. Morse knew her well as they were members of the same choir and he was quite attracted to her. On the evening of the choir's public performance, Morse stops by her house to collect her but finds her front door open and no one at home. On his way home after the performance he sees several police vehicles outside her house and it appears Anne has hung herself. When her nosy neighbour is also killed, Morse is convinced that Anne was murdered. Written by garykmcd

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In the 2000s, ITV created new end-credit sequences for repeat showings of many of their successful programmes of previous years, including Inspector Morse. In the new credits at the end of The Dead of Jericho, they have erroneously credited James Laurenson with the part of Colin, in addition to the Richards brother whom he did actually play. See more »


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27 April 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is the first installment in the long running British detective series "Inspector Morse" which was based on the novels of Colin Dexter, and would run 33 episodes over 14 years.

Morse is middle aged, cynical and intellectual; he makes little if any effort to get along with people (even his superiors) but also displays a romantic streak despite an apparent lack of success in such relationships.

The story here is that of the apparent suicide of Anne Stavely (an acquaintance of Morse's that he was hoping for a more meaningful relationship with), raises questions in his mind that are not readily apparent to the investigating officer.

This episode would be scripted by Anthony Minghella who would return to script two other episodes but is now better known for his films which include The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley. This episodes director Alastair Reed would direct one other episode, but would be even more successful with two mini-series "Traffik" and "Tales of the City".

It should also be noted that this was one of episodes based directly upon one of Colin Dexter's novels, not all of the episodes would be based upon the novels.

The series star John Thaw (Chief Inspector Morse) had a prolific career which also included "The Sweeney" and "Kavanagh QC", Kevin Whately (Sergeant Lewis) would both assist Morse and act as a foil for his wit. Subsequent to the passing of John Thaw, a new series "Inspector Lewis" was launched with Whately's character now promoted.

The series is set for the most part in and around the City of Oxford and there are connections in a number of the episodes to the City's world renowned University.

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