# 2012-05-13 22:54:00, ulaca
The first Inspector Morse episodes, based on the books by Colin Dexter, were aired in England 25 years ago, shortly before I left those shores for smoggier climes. Dexter, now 81, took early retirement from his career as a schoolteacher on account of increasing deafness and became an exams officer in Oxford – he was himself educated at Cambridge – where all of his stories are based.
I have only managed to read one of his books, that being his last, The Remorseful Day, which was clearly written with an eye to immediate transfer to the small screen: the television adaptation appeared as the last in the 33-episode Morse series in 2000, just a year after the book was published. As I recall it, the tome was all but unreadable, with lots of in-jokes, irritating asides and silly guff about Oxford commas.
Having recently completed the viewing of the entire Morse canon, it is safe to say that the TV series’s superiority is ascribable first and foremost to the performance of John Thaw in ...