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)

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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Nagra IV Stereo)



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Did You Know?


Colin Dexter: Author of the Inspector Morse book series appears when Morse visits the rooms of Ned Murdoch at College. Morse walks past Colin Dexter walking the opposite direction, and after they pass each other, Morse turns around and looks back at Dexter as he is walking away. 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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A Truly Well Developed Character
13 February 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Having watched all the episodes of "Endeavour," the prequel, and making my way through "Inspector Louise," I felt it time to see what started the whole thing. This episode, like many firsts, is a bit ragged. Louis is one of those cops who knows he could never do anything else. He has an artistic temperament and a sensitivity that really rings true. He sings in a choir and takes a fancy to a middle aged woman. They become friends, but she holds immense secrets. One day she fails to show up for practice and Morse goes to her house, only to find the police there. Apparently, she has hanged herself. This leads to an investigation that shows us that things are never as simple as they seem. Morse works for a boss who is by the book and, hence, pretty ineffective. We are introduced, in this episode, to Inspector Lewis who will become Morse's partner and sidekick. We are treated to a tightly plotted piece of work that endears us.

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