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Wikipedia article

'The Dead of Jericho' is a work of English detective fiction by Colin Dexter, the fifth part of the Inspector Morse series, which was subsequently the first of a highly successful series of television adaptations of the novels.

Plot summary

Detective Chief Inspector E. Morse of the Thames Valley Police meets Anne Scott at a party hosted by Mrs Murdoch in North Oxford. Six months later Anne Scott is found hanging in her kitchen at 9 Canal Reach, Jericho, Oxford. Initially Chief Inspector Bell, from the closer Oxford Central station on St. Aldate's Street, is assigned to the case; but a fortnight later Morse takes over the investigation and subsequently both of Mrs Murdoch's sons, Edward "Ted" Murdoch and Michael Murdoch, as well as Anne Scott's former employers, brothers Charles Richards and Conrad Richards, and Charles's wife, Celia, come to the attention of Morse. As do Ms Scott's neighbours, including the nosy handyman George Jackson, and Sophocles's 'Oedipus Rex' (the latter also figures in episode 3.1 of the spin-off TV series 'Lewis').

Television adaptation

"The Dead of Jericho" is the very first instalment of the 'Inspector Morse' TV series starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately (as Detective Sergeant Lewis). Colin Dexter also appears briefly in a non speaking, unnamed role as a man walking along a cloister in the opposite direction to Morse (as they pass Morse gives Dexter a suspicious backwards glance). Filmed in the summer of 1985, it aired 6 January 1987. Anne's last name of Scott was changed to Staveley, and the part was played by Gemma Jones. The first names of the three Richards were changed to Anthony "Tony" (James Laurenson), Alan (Richard Durden), and Adele (Annie Lambert), making the "C"s into "A"s. Edward "Ted" Murdoch was changed to Ned Murdoch (Spencer Leigh). Patrick Troughton in one of his final roles, plays George Jackson. Anthony Minghella wrote the episode and it was directed by Alastair Reid.



Category:1981 novels

Category:Novels by Colin Dexter

Category:1987 television episodes

Category:Novels set in Oxford

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