Oxford Anecdotes: ‘When Inspector Morse Met An American Tourist’

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JD Morgan’s appearance as an American tourist in one of its episodes was brief and not especially memorable, except for one unusual thing, which is still spoken about inside his family circle today. So, why not find out what that was? Starring John Thaw in the lead role, Inspector Morse was widely watched in many English-speaking countries during the late-80s and early-90s. (1,650 words)


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.

4 reviews for Oxford Anecdotes: ‘When Inspector Morse Met An American Tourist’

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