Join Morse creator at special screenings of classic drama

THE magic of Morse can be relived with the people who brought him to life at Aldeburgh Cinema this weekend – including creator Colin Dexter.

The TV series, adapted from Dexter’s novels and starring the late John Thaw, was an immediate hit when introduced to viewers in 1987.The maverick chief inspector’s legion of fans followed his Oxford adventures for 33 episodes until his final case in 2000.

The cinema is screening three episodes of the series – Masonic Murders, Twilight of the Gods and The Remorseful Day. As well as Dexter, director Herbert Wise and series producer Chris Burt will take the stage for a question and answer session with actress Diana Quick – a Morse alumni herself who appeared in Absolute Conviction in 1992 – after Saturday’s screening.

Quick, who was appointed to the cinema’s board earlier this year, was looking to introduce short weekend festivals at the independent venue and Burt suggested the Morse theme.

“I took it to the board and they were very keen,” said Quick. “My original idea – which I will continue with – is to have somebody local curate a weekend so the only common denominator between what’s shown will be that it’s the choice of that person.

“For instance, Bill Nighy’s going to be doing one, Richard Curtis is going to be doing one. The films they choose will be up to them.

Tickets, priced from �6.50 to �10 depending on which day they are for, are available from the cinema box office.

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The Inspector Morse Weekend includes Masonic Murders (PG) tonight, at 7.30pm, when a friend is murdered, Morse is suspended and another officer assigned to investigate. Matters worsen when, suspecting he’s been set up, Morse finds himself arrested.

On Saturday, 2pm, is Twilight of the Gods (PG). Morse and Lewis are left racking their brains after a journalist is found on the banks of the river. Later a renowned opera singer is shot - was the bullet intended for her or a college benefactor being investigated by the dead journalist?

On Sunday, 11am, is The Remorseful Day (PG) - The final episode sees Lewis assigned to investigate a year-old murder case due to Morse’s illness. When the former returns to work, he can’t help but get involved.

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