During my second year at Oxford, I noticed an advert on the noticeboard of our Junior Common Room (JCR) that ‘extras’ were wanted for an episode of Inspector Morse, which, at the time, was by far ITV’s most popular detective drama. Based on a series of novels by Colin Dexter and set among the Dreaming Spires in Oxford, Inspector Morse was starring the great John Thaw in its lead role, alongside his talented and ever-loyal sidekick, Lewis, played by Kevin Whately. It turned out that one of our College’s ambitious English undergraduates had commandeered herself a part-time job with Central Independent Television and was responsible for recruiting and organising as many students as were available for episodes; so, in effect, there was not even the need to audition as it was simply a case of signing up and then showing up on the allotted day. As well as appearing on television, the additional incentive was the offer a guaranteed £25 in cash, plus a roast dinner for lunch. The date was to be arranged, but it would be within Trinity Term.