Prequel plotted for Inspector Morse

7TWO will be having kittens over this idea.

11 years after it wrapped, Inspector Morse could make a return to television via a one-off prequel -despite the fact that actor John Thaw died nearly a decade ago.

Inspector Morse ran for 33 episodes on ITV between 1987 and 2000 and spawned the spin-off series Lewis starring sidekick, played by Kevin Whately.

Creator Colin Dexter is considering a series that focusses on his early years studying classics at St John’s College, Oxford. The idea was prompted by a short story he wrote for the Daily Mail which attracted the attention of ITV.

“ITV came to me and said it would be marvellous if we could do something with those stories,” he said. “I was not terribly enthusiastic at first, but I thought it would be a nice story to tell.

“Morse was in his 40s when we first met him, but I suspect he’ll still have a lot of the same character traits. I don’t really have any actors in mind who could play him. I have never really had much to do with the casting.”

An ITV spokesperson told The Guardian: “We think it’s a great idea but the drama hasn’t been commissioned yet.”

Morse marks its 25th anniversary next year.


  1. Hi. I agree. Lewis is a great program, Morse is too. If they do go ahead with this, I hope they do it right, and not muck up the memory of John Thaw and the new series Lewis.

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