Inspector Morse, again (and always!)

November 22, 2007 at 1:47 pm (Anglophilia, books, Film and television, Music)

trout.jpg I’ve written before about Inspector Morse, both the books by Colin Dexter and the television series. Now comes this delightful news item from Martin Edwards. How I wish I’d been one of the party that he accompanied to The Trout Inn! The Trout is located near Oxford, in Lower Wolvercote actually, as in TheWolvercote Tongue, one of my favorites from among the TV episodes. Morse/John Thaw can frequently be seen downing a pint at this idyllic spot on the River Thames.

morseandjag.jpg As for Morse and More by Patricia Buchanan and The Oxford of Inspector Morse by Antony Richards, they can be purchased from The Inspector Morse Society.

lewismorse.jpg One of the many joys of the Morse films is the way in which they are enriched and enhanced by music. This music is available on three discs, all of which I own. My favorite is Volume Three, largely because it features the stunningly gorgeous Andante movement from Brahms’s Sextet No.1, heard in the film The Day of the Devil. ( You can listen to this music on Amazon. ) I am in awe of chamber music, like this Sextet, that conveys the same power and majesty as a full orchestra.

barrington_pheloung.jpg In addition to orchestral music, chamber works, and opera from the Inspector Morse films, all three of the above-mentioned discs feature the original music composed for the series by Barrington Pheloung. It is always a pleasure, albeit a melancholy one, to hear Morse’s signature tune, with Morse code woven seamlessly into the melody.

[While trawling through the web for pictures of Barrington Pheloung, I happened upon this rather wonderful Inspector Morse Picture Gallery. ]


  1. BooksPlease said,

    I am a “Morse” fan. We live within distance of Oxford and have friends who are also fans. A few years ago they arranged a pub crawl, visiting as many pubs connected with Morse as we could visit in an evening!

    The Trout, used to be one of our favourite pubs, before it was taken over by Vintage Inns (one of a chain of pubs, all with the same menus). I remember one perfect Sunday lunch D and I had there many years ago now – the pub used to have lots of alcoves, and even at lunchtime you had to have the candles lit. It was beautiful. Thanks for jogging my memory.

    But, it’s still a lovely place to go and sit looking at the river and imagining what it must have been like in the past. I can feel another visit coming on …

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    Knowing how you loved Morse as I did, are you watching Inspector Lewis? I’m enjoying his interaction with Hathaway but I have a small problem understanding them at times. My husband can barely understand them at all. I know they have 2 distinct dialects. But it won’t stop me from watching!

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