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  • Actors: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe, Gemma Jones
  • Directors: Alastair Reed, Brian Parker, Peter Hammond
  • Producers: Kenny McBain
  • Format: PAL
  • Dubbed: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Feb. 2005
  • Run Time: 311 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007CTKRK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,163 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Inspector Morse – Series 1 DVD contains all episodes from the opening series of this very popular and long-standing show. First broadcast in 1987, the Inspector Morse series is a cops and crime drama based on the Colin Dexter novels of the same name. The show is based around the exciting exploits of Morse (John Thaw)--a senior officer within the Criminal Investigation Department of the Oxford Police--as he investigates heavy crimes in and around Oxford with his sidekick, Inspector Lewis (Kevin Whately). Morse is a grumpy classical music aficionado who loves beer, and who frequently loses patience with the earnest but somewhat slow Lewis.

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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful By D. Evans VINE VOICE on 8 July 2007
Format: DVD
John Thaw had to be persuaded to take on the role for which he is best remembered. Having already played Detective Regan in the classic seventies series, The Sweeney, Thaw was reluctant to take on the role of another Police Officer. Thaw was persuaded that Morse would be a very different kind of character to Regan, one more likely to his intellect to solve a problem than his fists. This character was an intellectual former Oxford student, with a love of classical music, beer, The Archers and solving a puzzle. He also knew he was intellectualy superior to his colleagues and was prone to treating people in a partrosining manner, most notably his long suffering Sergeant, Robbie Lewis. Jack Regan would have run a mile from such a character.
In January 1987, Central televsion broadcast the very Morse episode, The Dead Of Jericho. The episode was 2 hours long, a format which was unique in television drama at this time. The episode was carefully plotted, featuring a variety of twists before the murderer was uncovered. All the 3 adaptions that make up the first Morse series are based on novels by the character's creator, former Oxford lecturer, Colin Dexter. Joining John Thaw was Kevin Whateley, as the young Newcastle born sergeant Lewis. In the early novels, Lewis is described as an elderly Welshman. The producers rightly decided to cast a younger man in this role, thereby developing a contrast between the characters. All 3 episodes are excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 April 2015
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These first three episodes of Morse were made in 1987 and were based on Colin Dexter novels published in 1975, 1976 and 1977. They have dated surprisingly little, one sign of their immense quality. Picture quality is fine, too, considering when they were filmed.
Morse is introduced as a melancholic intellectual with a great love of opera and beer who is seriously impatient with lesser intellects. Lewis, his sidekick, was an elderly Welshman in the books but of course becomes a young detective with far less education but a good streak of common sense which enables him to lead a happier and more balanced life than his boss.
Morse is a marvellous creation and I have always wondered how much of his character as based on that of his creator, Colin Dexter. Certainly, he is a crossword enthusiast like Morse and his characters also like word plays and cryptic clues. Apparently,he has also admitted to enjoying beer and fine malt whisky, as well as classical music. Unlike Morse, he has beenhappily married for many years (since 1956). Look out for his trademark appearances in these three episodes (as a don in 'The Dead of Jericho', at an All Jamara reception in 'The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn' and talking to a cyclist in 'Service of all the Dead').
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BPR on 22 Dec. 2011
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Inspector Morse is probably one of the most successful shows in ITV's history and for a reason. Although the three feature length episodes that make up series 1 are nowhere near as good as the show managed in it's prime, they are above average with decent scripts and great acting throughout. John Thaw is legendary as the title character and it can be said that without this show we wouldn't have got similar feature length detective dramas such as A Touch of Frost. The first series eases you into the show with good character development in a short space of time. A lot can be siad for intelligent scripting. 3.5/5
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Item exactlyas advertised and arrived within the allotted time-span given.
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By Chrisf on 17 Jan. 2015
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Still love morse well packed no problems will order further episodes
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By Andrew H. Baird on 8 Feb. 2015
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Another Series Of Inspector Morse Series 1 Roll on Series 2
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By Kevin Dempsey on 29 Jan. 2015
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Superb quality goods, worth every penny
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By Tasi on 14 April 2015
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Excellent. Has stood the test of time
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