Inspector Morse and Morse Mysteries by David Bill (Billy)
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A3 Pencil Sketches by artist David Bill (Billy) celebrating the Inspector Morse, starring John Thaw as Inspector Morse, television series. The Inspector Morse programme, based on the Colin Dexter Inspector Morse novels, first appeared on our screens on Tuesday 6th January 1987 at 8pm. The Inspector Morse series has gone on to be viewed internationally by over 750 million fans who love Chief Inspector Morse's character as played by actor John Thaw.

Details of the Inspector Morse and Morse Mysteries sketches by David Bill (Billy) below.

The 'Inspector Morse' drawing is purely a composite image based on John Thaw's portrayal of Chief Inspector Morse taken from a number of scenes from the Inspector Morse television programmes.
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Three images of John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse.
The first image of John Thaw as Inspector Morse is from the programme 'Service of All the Dead' doing Morse's favourite past time of crosswords.
'Service of All the Dead' Series one of Inspector Morse first broadcast 20th January 1987
The second image from 'The Dead of Jericho' with Inspector Morse (John Thaw) all trussed up a Tuxedo with no where to go.
'The Dead of Jericho' Series one of Inspector Morse first broadcast 6th January 1987
The third image of Chief Inspector Morse is taken from 'The Death of the Self' where Morse (John Thaw) ends up in Italy and mixes business with pleasure with an opera diva to his own detriment and pain. Both his heart and his head!
'The Death of the Self' Series six of Inspector Morse first broadcast ????

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On the left Morse (John Thaw) in thoughtful repose with his beloved beer in 'The Dead of Jericho'
'The Dead of Jericho' Series one of Inspector Morse first broadcast 6th January 1987
In the middle John Thaw's character Inspector Morse burning the midnight oil working out his clues in 'Deceived by Flight'
'Deceived by Flight' Series three of Inspector Morse first broadcast 18th January 1989
On the right Chief Inspector Morse (John Thaw) delivers the 'Who-dunnit' in 'Last Seen Wearing'
'Last Seen Wearing' Series two of Inspector Morse first broadcast 8th March 1988

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Morse (John Thaw) making the call in 'Service of all the Dead'
'Service of All the Dead' Series one of Inspector Morse first broadcast 20th January 1987
Not a pretty picture but has Inspector Morse been framed? John Thaw in 'Who Killed Harry Field?'
'Who Killed Harry Field?' Series five of Inspector Morse first broadcast 13th March 1991

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Morse doing his cross word again from 'Service of all the Dead' in front of his beloved Burgundy 2.4 Jaguar with the number plate 248RPA. John Thaw looked great piloting the beautiful vehicle through Oxford's streets on his way solving the many murders that Inspector Morse had to solve.

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Inspector Morse by David Bill (Billy)
The complete pencil drawing image by David Bill (Billy) of John Thaw's portrayal of Chief Inspector Morse slightly larger than above at the top of the page.

Morse Mysteries by David Bill (Billy) details
Below are details from David Bill's second Inspector Morse Sketch. 'Morse Mysteries' features more than just John Thaw as Inspector Morse. Other characters are included from the Inspector Morse programme. The drawing would not be complete without Morse's long suffering seargant Lewis played by Kevin Whately. Kevin Whately has now gone on to star in his own detective series, still set in Oxford, with the Inspector Morse character he played titled 'Lewis' post John Thaw's death in 2002 to critical acclaim.
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Here again in the first image of John Thaw as Inspector Morse is from the programme 'Service of All the Dead' doing Morse's favourite past time of crosswords. Morse is seen repeatedly working on his cross words and one of Morse's scribbles on a crossword turns up to haunt, then help, Kevin Whately's character Lewis in the Pilot Episode of 'Lewis' which helped to launch the first series with Lewis' intellectual Seargent sidekick 'Hatthaway' played by Laurence Fox.
'Service of All the Dead' Series one of Inspector Morse first broadcast 20th January 1987
The right hand image shows Morse dancing with Pathologist Dr Grayling Russell, played by Amanda Hillwood, in 'The Secret of Bay 5b'
'The Secret of Bay 5b' Series three of Inspector Morse first broadcast 25th January 1989

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John Thaw as Inspector Morse in repose, looking summery and relaxed, on the shoot of 'The Death of the Self' in Italy on the left. O the right too Morse with Frances Barber's opera diva character 'Nicole Burgess' in an Italian Vineyard, mixing business and pleasure
'The Death of the Self' Series six of Inspector Morse first broadcast 25th March 1992
In the centre image the brilliant phycopath Hugo De Vries played by Ian McDiarmid in 'Masonic Mysteries' just getting ready to kill Inspector Morse 'I am going to kill you. O am I?'
'Masonic Mysteries' Series four of Inspector Morse first broadcast 24th January 1990

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Where would John Thaw's Inspector Morse be without the faithful Sergeant Lewis as played by Kevin Whately? Kevin Whately's Geordie character Lewis added a great contrast to Morse's academic grump. Lewis was married with children and not a bachelor Oxford grad. Lewis' closest attempt at a crossword would have been a word search with his kids with coloured pencils rather than a Times brain churner against a clock!
'Driven to Distraction' Series four of Inspector Morse first broadcast 17th January 1990
'The Dead of Jericho' Series one of Inspector Morse first broadcast 6th January 1987
'The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn' Series one of Inspector Morse first broadcast 13th January 1987


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Frances Barber plays the deceptive and deadly Opera Diva 'Nicole Burgess' in 'The Death of the Self' whom Morse gets entangled with! She hurts Morse's heart and head as he is blinded by his love for music and his misplaced love for her to his detriment and lack of discernment in this Inspector Morse 'Italian Job'. A great scene in 'The Death of the Self' is when Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis arrive at Italy and are being collected by the Italian Police. As they come through passport control there waiting is an officer with 'MOOSE' on a card much to Morse's disgust.

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Morse Mysteries by David Bill (Billy) full image
Here the full image balancing John Thaw's Inspector Morse with his partner Sergeant Lewis played by Kevin Whately along side some of the other characters, good and bad.
Balancing the image is the great flamboyance of Opera diva character Nicole Burgess (Frances Barber) in full costume, the jet black baddie of phycopath Hugo De Vries (Ian McDiarmid) as the central image and Morse connecting with the diva in the vineyard and dancing with Dr Grayling Russell (Amanda Hillwood).

Both these Inspector Morse drawings were produced by David Bill (Billy) as portfolio pieces.


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