Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter dead at 86

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 27, 2017

His books were adapted for the popular ITV series, which starred Thaw as Inspector Endeavour Morse and Kevin Whateley as Sergeant Robert Lewis.

Actor Laurence Fox, who played Morse's sidekick Lewis and went on to headline his own spinoff series based on the character, mourned Dexter's passing on Twitter.

He wrote his first Morse novel, Last Bus to Woodstock, in 1975 while on holiday in Wales, and bid farewell to the detective in the final book The Remorseful Day.

He was awarded the OBE in 2000 for services to literature.

"He might say "I wish you'd made me a slightly less miserable blighter and slightly more generous, and you could have painted me in a little bit of a better light".

Born in 1930, in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Dexter studied Classics at Cambridge University and spent 13 years teaching Latin and Greek before becoming a full time writer in Oxford, where the Inspector Morse books were set.

His novels have undergone a number of TV adaptations, most famously for the ITV series titled Inspector Morse and starring John Thaw. It was a hit, particularly because of Morse, a curmudgeonly police detective who liked ale, crosswords and Wagner - sharing many of his interests with his creator.

The books were turned into a long-running United Kingdom television series, with the fictional detective famously played by the late actor John Thaw, that proved to be one of the most popular TV detective series ever made.

Did you love the Inspector Morse series? Lewis wrapped up its run in 2016 after nine seasons, but Endeavour is still going strong.

He said: "Colin was closely involved in the production of Inspector Morse, advising on scripts and making keenly anticipated cameo appearances in numerous films". He also popped up regularly on Endeavour until the most recent season.

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