Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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Death Is Now My Neighbour 

When the next-door neighbor of a murdered woman is also killed, Morse suspects the first shooting may have been an error.


Charles Beeson


Colin Dexter (novel), Julian Mitchell

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Mark McGann ... Geoffrey Owens
Julia Dalkin Julia Dalkin ... Rachel James
Judy Loe ... Adele Cecil
Susan Field ... Mrs. Adams
James Grout ... Chief Superintendent Strange
Clare Holman ... Dr. Laura Hobson
Roger Allam ... Denis Cornford
Holley Chant Holley Chant ... Shelly Cornford
Richard Briers ... Sir Clixby Bream
Susan Engel ... Dora Hammersby
John Shrapnel ... Dr. Julian Storrs
Lloyd Hutchinson ... DC Jackson
Maggie Steed ... Angela Storrs


Rachel James is shot through her kitchen window while having breakfast early one morning. She was having an affair with Dr. Julian Storrs, an Oxford professor who is a candidate for Master of Lonsdale College. When her next door neighbor is also killed however, Morse determines that the shooting of James may have been in error. Morse also suspects that he may have been a blackmailer. Both Storrs an his rival for the Masters position, Denis Cornford had secrets that would make them suspects. Morse determines that several others also had things to hide and any one of them could have committed the murders. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

19 November 1997 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Internal evidence suggests very strongly that this was originally intended to be the last-ever segment of the long-running "Inspector Morse" series. The question of Morse's retirement (and also that of Chief Superintendent Strange) is raised several times; the episode went out ten years after the series began; viewers finally learn Morse's first name; and, to clinch matters, he finally gets himself a girl-friend who loves him back and doesn't turn out to be a criminal of some sort, or to get murdered. See more »


When Miss James' neighbour says she saw a man out back while she was putting the ashes out, none of the houses shown in the long shots have a chimney so would not have any ashes to put out. See more »


Sir Clixby Bream: I've heard of mutton dressed as lamb but never before as chicken.
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Edited into Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (2000) See more »


Non so più
(from "Le nozze di Figaro")
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A. Mozart)
Sung by Nina Tilbury
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Did the full stop on the writer's keyboard get stuck on auto?
16 October 2009 | by clangfieldSee all my reviews

Decent plot twists and performances as always, but the one thing that stands out in this episode is... and once you start to notice the absurd number of unfinished sentences, you can't help... which is unfortunately rather distracting from the rest of... there is of course a place for a character's thoughts to drift off occasionally, but in this episode... You get the point (as it were). It's not so noticeable in other episodes so it's a bit strange the way it is so overdone in this one. It contains the same running themes as other episodes - one has to wonder how anybody gets out of Oxford with a their life, let alone a degree. Anyway, worth watching, try not to let it...

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