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Wesley Smith looks at Inspector Morse's Oxfordshire
By Wesley Smith
BBC Oxford

Wesley Smith
Wesley will be seeking out famous Inspector Morse locations

When I was covering the BBC Oxford Breakfast Show for Malcolm Boyden during August, Colin Dexter came in as a guest.

I have known Colin for many years, in fact I am mentioned in one of his books and appeared in a couple of TV episodes of Inspector Morse.

As is often the case, we had a lot to say, but too little time to say it.

So was born the idea of an end-of-year special programme to revisit some of the most memorable Morse locations.

It is also a chance to share Colin's memories and unearth untold behind-the-scenes stories.

This was also the perfect opportunity to meet some of the Oxford people who feel special ties both to Morse and the follow-up series, Lewis.

Wesley Smith and Colin Dexter
Wesley has known Colin Dexter for many years

Editing on the next series has just finished and the producer, Chris Burt, explained with a wry smile how Colin's cameo appearances came about. Chris explains that Colin may be a terrific writer, but he is not a natural-born actor!

The composer, Barrington Pheloung, explains what goes through his mind when he writes the scores for the films and selects the classical pieces.

We also hear from the Inspector Morse Fan Club, which has members worldwide, there's insight from the Head Concierge at The Randolph who explains why people come to the hotel's Morse Bar from across the globe and we hear how the Oxford Mail often plays a crucial role in developing the plot.

Above all I have tried to explain why Inspector Morse and now Lewis continue to fascinate millions of viewers and why those of us who live in the county are so proud of our association with it.

A full list of the music and locations featured in the programme can be found below.

Colin Dexter with the late Morse actor John Thaw
Colin Dexter with the late Morse actor John Thaw


Der Rosenkavalier - Richard Strauss

Morse's Optimism - Barrington Pheloung

Gloria - Vivaldi

Bruennhilde's Immolation, Goetterdaemmerung - Wagner

Why Can't You Behave? - Ella Fitzgerald - Cole Porter

Laudate Dominum - Vesperae Solennes de Confessore - Mozart

A Student's Death - Barrington Pheloung

Requiem, In Paradisum - Faure

Inspector Morse theme - Barrington Pheloung


Colin Dexter's Study, Oxford

The Randolph, Beaumont Street, Oxford

Oxford Canalside, Jericho

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford

Greenford Studios, West London

Oxford Mail HQ, Osney Mead, Oxford

Exeter College, Turl Street, Oxford

The Trout, Godstow, Oxfordshire

Morse's Oxfordshire is broadcast on Boxing Day at 12:00 and New Year's Eve at 18:00 on BBC Oxford 95.2 FM

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