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ⓘ The Dead of Jericho is a work of English detective fiction by Colin Dexter, the fifth novel of the Inspector Morse series, which was subsequently the first of a ..




The Dead of Jericho
                                     

ⓘ The Dead of Jericho

The Dead of Jericho is a work of English detective fiction by Colin Dexter, the fifth novel of the Inspector Morse series, which was subsequently the first of a highly successful series of television adaptations of the novels.

                                     

1. Plot summary

Detective Chief Inspector E. Morse of the Thames Valley Police meets Anne Scott at a party hosted by Mrs Murdoch in North Oxford. Six months later Anne Scott is found hanging in her kitchen at 9 Canal Reach, Jericho, Oxford. Initially Chief Inspector Bell, from the closer Oxford Central station on St. Aldates Street, is assigned to the case; but a fortnight later Morse takes over the investigation and subsequently both of Mrs Murdochs sons, Edward "Ted" Murdoch and Michael Murdoch, as well as Anne Scotts former employers, brothers Charles Richards and Conrad Richards, and Charless wife, Celia, come to the attention of Morse, as do Ms Scotts neighbours, including the nosy handyman George Jackson, and Sophocless Oedipus Rex the latter also figures in episode 3.1 of the spin-off TV series Lewis.

                                     

2. Television adaptation

"The Dead of Jericho" is the very first instalment of the Inspector Morse TV series starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately as Detective Sergeant Lewis. Colin Dexter also appears briefly in a non speaking, unnamed role as a man walking along a cloister in the opposite direction to Morse as they pass Morse gives Dexter a suspicious backwards glance. Filmed in the summer of 1986, it aired 6 January 1987. Anthony Minghella wrote the episode and it was directed by Alastair Reid.

Several changes were made from the book. Annes last name of Scott was changed to Staveley the part was played by Gemma Jones. The first names of the three Richards were changed to Anthony "Tony" James Laurenson, Alan Richard Durden, and Adele Annie Lambert, making the C s into A s. Edward "Ted" Murdoch was changed to Ned Murdoch Spencer Leigh. Former Doctor Who star Patrick Troughton, in one of his final roles, played George Jackson.