Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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The Dead of Jericho 

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


Alastair Reid


Anthony Minghella (screenplay), Colin Dexter (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Gemma Jones ... Anne Staveley
Patrick Troughton ... George Jackson
James Laurenson ... Tony Richards
Peter Woodthorpe ... Max
Norman Jones ... Chief Inspector Bell
Spencer Leigh Spencer Leigh ... Ned Murdoch
Annie Lambert ... Adele Richards
Richard Durden ... Alan Richards
James Grout ... Chief Superintendent Strange
Charlotte Mitchell Charlotte Mitchell ... Mrs Staveley
David Michaels ... Pete
Paul Dixey Paul Dixey ... Tutor
Christopher Guinee Christopher Guinee ... Grimes


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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Release Date:

6 January 1987 (UK) See more »

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Stereo (Nagra IV Stereo)



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Did You Know?


Sadly, the TV - and film - swansong for the great Patrick Troughton. See more »


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 »


Chief Inspector Bell: [surprised that Morse sings in a choir] Often wondered what he did in the evenings. Apart from the boozing.
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Music by Antonio Vivaldi
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The Dead of Jericho
1 May 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This is the series which led to the 2 hour detective format for ITV, not something that has always been successful, as I think their other cop shows have been padded somewhat.

John Thaw went from The Sweeney where he played the two fisted Jack Regan catching villains trying to get away with a sawn off shotgun in a Jaguar; to a genteel, real ale drinking, classical music loving detective driving a vintage Jaguar.

I never watched the early episodes when it aired on ITV only catching the repeats on Channel 4. It was then I became a fan of the series.

Anthony Minghella who would later win an Oscar for The English Patient adapted this story. Inspector Morse is late for choir practice as his Jag was involved in a prang as he tried to disrupt a dodgy garage.

Morse is attracted to Anne Staveley, who is a member of the choir, he even walks her home. She teaches piano, she has a student living with her who is a bit weird. He composes music but is a law student who scrounges money from her. The neighbour opposite is a peeping Tom who spies on her.

However there is tragedy for Morse as Anne is found hanging, it looks like suicide but Morse thinks there is more to it and even has a Oedipus Rex theory.

This is the story where Morse is partnered with Sgt Lewis who until now was under the command of another Inspector who has since been promoted. We learn that Morse went for the same promotion but he rubs some of his superiors up the wrong way or does not quiet say the right things to get ahead.

Luckily the younger Lewis gets on well with the older Morse despite not into drinking ale in pubs or classical literature or music. Lewis also provides some humour which helps.

The story is well paced, there are plenty of red herrings, blind alleys and the two hours fly by. Colin Dexter who wrote the original books also compiled crosswords and he treated his mysteries the same way. You have to look for little clues and some of them would be visual.

A few things we learn from the opening episode that continues throughout the rest of the run. Morse is always unlucky in love, in fact he should had just become a monk. Any lady he has an interest in either ends up dead or is a wrong un. Early on in this episode Morse is asked for his first name which he declines to reveal. This will continue until much later on in the series.

Morse seems to bring his own car to work, why he chooses to do this I have no idea, as it gets banged into twice in this episode.

I watched this episode again three decades after its first broadcast and it still stands up well. It is disconcerting to note that I am now several years older than John Thaw was when he first played Morse, he was 44 years old when the first series was made but he really looks much older.

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