Inspector Morse is a fictional character in the eponymous series of detective novels by British author Colin Dexter. On television, he appears in the 33-episode 1987–2000 drama series Inspector Morse, in which John Thaw played the character; as well as the 2012 series Endeavour, portrayed by Shaun Evans.
Chief Inspector Morse (33 episodes, 1987-2000)
Detective Sergeant Lewis (32 episodes, 1987-2000)
Chief Superintendent Strange (22 episodes, 1987-2000)
Pheloung is best known for the theme and incidental music to the Inspector Morse television series, for which he was nominated for ‘Best Original Television Music’ at the British Academy Television Awards in 1991; the sequel Lewis, and the prequel Endeavour.
The Jaguar Mark 2 is a medium-sized saloon car built from late 1959 to 1967 by the Jaguar company in Coventry, England. For the last 12 months before announcement of the XJ6 they were re-labelled Jaguar 240 and Jaguar 340. The previous Jaguar 2.4 and 3.4 models made between 1955 and 1959 have been identified as Mark 1 Jaguars since Jaguar produced this Mark 2 model.
Until the XJ, Jaguar’s postwar saloons were denoted by Roman Numerals (e.g. Mark VII, Mark VIII) while the Mark 2 used Arabic Numerals, denoted on the rear of the car as ‘MK 2’
Daimler 2.5 V8 and V8-250
A popular luxury derivative fitted with Daimler’s own 142 bhp (106 kW; 144 PS) 2½-litre V8 it sold well from 1962 to 1967 as a Daimler 2.5 V8. In late 1967 it was re-labelled V8-250 to match Jaguar 240. As well as being significantly more powerful than the 2.4-litre XK6 the more modern Daimler engine was lighter by about 150 lb (68 kg) and also shorter which reduced the mass over the front wheels and so reduced understeer during hard cornering.
These cars were recognisable by the characteristic Daimler wavy fluting incorporated in the chrome radiator grille and rear number plate lamp cover, their smoothness and the sound of their V8 engine. They were given distinct exterior and luxury interior fittings.
Starring John Thaw
Theme music composer Barrington Pheloung
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language English
No. of series 7 series (1987–1993) and 5 specials (1995–2000)
No. of episodes 33 (list of episodes)
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.
Morse: I always drink at lunchtime. It helps my imagination.
Morse: The secret of a happy life is to know when to stop – and then go that bit further.
In Endeavour: Pilot (2012), which is the spin-off of Inspector Morse (1987) series about Morse’s early days when first joining the police force, Morse’s creator Colin Dexter’s love for crossword puzzles plays a major factor in the solving of the murders