Inspector Morse

Inspector Morse ( Jaguar Mark 2 ) 1960

Inspector Morse ( Jaguar Mark 2 ) 1960

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Inspector  Morse

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.

Theme Tune

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.

Cast

John Thaw … Chief Inspector Morse (33 episodes, 1987-2000)

Kevin Whately … Detective Sergeant Lewis (32 episodes, 1987-2000)

James Grout …  Chief Superintendent Strange (22 episodes, 1987-2000)

Trivia

John Thaw was forty-four when he began playing Inspector Morse, but because of his prematurely white hair, many viewers thought he was about a decade older. Thaw was an alcoholic until 1994, and he often smoked up to three packs a day.

Trivia

In Colin Dexter’s original novels, Inspector Morse drove a Lancia. However, John Thaw, who had played Jack Regan on The Sweeney (1974), which featured a lot of Jaguars as villains’ getaway cars, insisted that Inspector Morse would have driven an iconic British car, and never an Italian sports car. Dexter was so impressed with this reasoning that he asked his publishers to change “Lancia” to “Jaguar” in all subsequent reprints of his novels.

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.

Quote

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.

Morse: LEW-is!

Trivia

Based on average crime novels by Colin Dexter, this is truly one of the times that the television version actually surpasses the novels in quality and makes the stories come alive and touch the heart and the mind. What makes this series so compelling, like the Duchess of Duke Street, Rumpole and Foyle’s War, is the main character and the actor who created this marvelous,complex and compelling character

Info

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 
Production
Executive producer Ted Childs
Running time 98–105 minutes
Production companies Zenith Productions
Central Independent Television
Carlton Television
Release
Original network ITV
Original release 6 January 1987 –
15 November 2000
Chronology
Related shows Lewis
Endeavour

Trivia

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

QUIZ 1

What was Morse’s First Name ?

A. Endeavour
B. We never find out
C. Robbie
D. Lewis

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A. Endeavour

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QUIZ 2

In the episode ‘Deceived By Flight’, Lewis goes undercover to help solve a murder. What position did he take up ?

A. University gardener
B. Barman
C. College porter
D. Railway porter

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C. College porter

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Inspector Morse CARS (6)

QUIZ 1

What was Morse’s First Name ?

A. Endeavour
B. We never find out
C. Robbie
D. Lewis

Throughout almost the entire run of ‘Morse’ we never hear anyone call him anything but Morse or Sir. In one episode when asked what his first name is he replies “Inspector”. In episode 31, ‘Death Is Now My Neighbour’, we finally learn his name.

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QUIZ 2

In the episode ‘Deceived By Flight’, Lewis goes undercover to help solve a murder. What position did he take up ?

A. University gardener
B. Barman
C. College porter
D. Railway porter

This episode revolves around the death of a member of The Clarets cricket team and Lewis goes undercover as a college porter so he can replace the dead man on the team. In the story Lewis himself is injured by being hit over the back of the head with a cricket bat. It turned out that it wasn’t only murder that was involved. One of the team was a drug smuggler and used the teams overseas tours as a cover for his illegal activity. The actor who portrayed Lewis, Kevin Whately, has said this is his favourite of all 33 shows because he featured so heavily in it

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