Colin Dexter has passed away at the age of 86. He was a writer who created the wonderful Inspector Morse. The connections that TheField has with Oxford means that when it appeared on TV we were in love with it.
The success of Morse lead to two spin-offs with Lewis being as successful as the original then Endeavour, a look at the young Morse that never really quite made it for us here.
Norman Colin Dexter was born in 1930 in Stamford, Lincolnshire, and studied classics at Cambridge University.
He worked as a Latin and Greek teacher from 1954 to 1966 before moving to Oxford – where he set the Morse stories – to become a full-time writer.
Carlton Productions made 33 Morse TV films with Thaw in the lead role. Dexter himself made many cameo appearances. Very Alfred Hitchcock style!