Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
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The Remorseful Day 

An ailing Morse involves himself in a year old cold murder case of a nymphomaniac is when persons of interest connected with it turn up dead.


Jack Gold


Colin Dexter (novel), Stephen Churchett (screenplay)


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Thaw ... Chief Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately ... Detective Sergeant Lewis
Meg Davies Meg Davies ... Yvonne Harrison
Eddie Webber Eddie Webber ... Harry Repp
Anna Wilson-Jones ... Sandra Harrison
Paul Freeman ... Frank Harrison
James Benson James Benson ... Paddy Flynn
Clare Holman ... Dr. Laura Hobson
James Grout ... Chief Superintendent Strange
Paul Hegarty Paul Hegarty ... SOCO Officer
T.P. McKenna ... Professor Sir Lionel Phelps
Helen Pearson ... Debbie Repp
Sean Wightman Sean Wightman ... PC at Landfill
Jesse Birdsall ... John Barron
Aidan David Aidan David ... Roy Holmes (as Aidan J. David)




A year after her murder, the police re-open the case of Yvonne Harrison when they receive an anonymous letter implicating a burglar, Harry Repp, who is about to be released from prison. Supt. Strange assigns the case to DS Lewis, who is chafing at the bit awaiting his promotion to Inspector. Morse has been ill and has only just returned to work. He steps on Lewis' toes by involving himself in the case, but as the body count rises, Morse finds himself in charge of investigating a woman who had many affairs with many different men. When he learns that the dead men were in possession of large amount of cash, he suspects they were blackmailing her murderer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


Did You Know?


The poem "How Clear, How Lovely Bright" that Morse recites here is also recited by the young Morse in the Endeavour episode "Neverland". See more »


[Sir Lionel Phelps boasts about his sex games with Yvonne Harrison]
Chief Inspector Morse: "Kinky rumpy-pumpy" is what my sergeant would call it.
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Featured in Goodbye 2000 (2000) See more »


Requiem in D Minor, Opus 48 - Libera Me
Composed by Gabriel Fauré (1887-1890)
Sung by T. P. McKenna (dubbed)
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User Reviews

Into the West Away.
13 May 2008 | by galaxywestSee all my reviews

We just finished watching Morse from one through thirty-three here in Japan over 8 months. So, for the Remorseful Day, we had a little sayonara party for the inspector, Lewis and strange Strange. Well, the thing that I didn't like about the final string of episodes was the change in Lewis's character. He used to be so easy going and Morse's idiosyncrasies never bothered him at all. But in the later stories, Lewis is so irritable all the time. I didn't like that.

But, I will miss Morse and Lewis.

Ensanguining the skies / How heavily it dies / Into the west away; / Past touch and sight and sound / Not further to be found, / How hopeless under ground / Falls the remorseful day.

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15 November 2000 (UK) See more »

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