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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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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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 »


Referenced in Inspector Lewis: The Lions of Nemea: Part 1 (2014) See more »


Music by Antonio Vivaldi
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Brilliant start to a wonderful series!
1 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Inspector Morse is just amazing, with complex characters, well outlined stories, and well-crafted scripts. The first episode The Dead of Jericho is just brilliant, you can't help cheering, when Morse arrives on screen in the Jaguar to Vivaldi's Gloria. I don't think Dead Of Jericho is the best Morse episode, but it definitely worth a watch, and I couldn't fault it really. I loved the soundtrack; when Morse is listening to Porgi Amor from Marriage of Figaro with a sad expression on his face, I just wanted to reach into the television and hug him. John Thaw is magnificent in the title role, maintaining that standard all the way through the series' run. Thaw adopted a more likable and sensitive character than his novelistic counterpart, and it is this portrayal that I do prefer. Kevin Whately also shines as Lewis, a young and quite charming character, who when compared to Morse couldn't be more different, and it is the characters' relationships toward each other that make the series so compelling. Also worth noting are contributions from the late Patrick Troughton as the blackmailing neighbour,Gemma Jones as the unfortunate Anne, James Laurenson as the "prime suspect" and the lovely Annie Lambert as his fiery wife. The script is well crafted, and there is an intriguing unpredictable storyline, and while it isn't faithful to the book, it is still an excellent episode. 10/10 Bethany Cox.

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