Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Death Is Now My Neighbour 

When the next-door neighbor of a murdered woman is also killed, Morse suspects the first shooting may have been an error.


Charles Beeson


Colin Dexter (novel), Julian Mitchell




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Mark McGann ... Geoffrey Owens
Julia Dalkin Julia Dalkin ... Rachel James
Judy Loe ... Adele Cecil
Susan Field ... Mrs. Adams
James Grout ... Chief Superintendent Strange
Clare Holman ... Dr. Laura Hobson
Roger Allam ... Denis Cornford
Holley Chant ... Shelly Cornford
Richard Briers ... Sir Clixby Bream
Susan Engel ... Dora Hammersby
John Shrapnel ... Dr. Julian Storrs
Lloyd Hutchinson ... DC Jackson
Maggie Steed ... Angela Storrs


Rachel James is shot through her kitchen window while having breakfast early one morning. She was having an affair with Dr. Julian Storrs, an Oxford professor who is a candidate for Master of Lonsdale College. When her next door neighbor is also killed however, Morse determines that the shooting of James may have been in error. Morse also suspects that he may have been a blackmailer. Both Storrs and his rival for the Master's position, Denis Cornford, had secrets that would make them suspects. Morse determines that several others also had things to hide and any one of them could have committed the murders. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

19 November 1997 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Has Three actors with leading or supporting roles in both Morse spinoffs. Roger Allam from Endeavor, Kevin Whatley and Claire Holm from inspector Lewis See more »


When Miss James' neighbour says she saw a man out back while she was putting the ashes out, none of the houses shown in the long shots have a chimney so would not have any ashes to put out. See more »


Sir Clixby Bream: I don't see the point in having power if one doesn't abuse it.
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Edited into Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (2000) See more »


Non so più
(from "Le nozze di Figaro")
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A. Mozart)
Sung by Nina Tilbury
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University Soap Opera
11 March 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a case of some ambitious men trying to take over as heads of a major college. In the midst of this is the slimy guy who has maintained that position for some time. A beautiful, single young woman is shot through her window shortly after picking up a bottle of milk from her front stoop. We are soon let into a group of players with lots of history--including the aforementioned men. Their female counterparts offer an interesting part of their overall makeup. Soon more murders are committed and Morse is forced to look into those who are friends. Morse is immediately taken with an attractive woman (as is his want) and she is mingled in the mess. Victims abound because of the ongoing duplicity taking place at the higher university levels.

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