The Remorseful Day (Inspector Morse)
|"The Remorseful Day"|
|Inspector Morse episode|
|Episode no.||Episode special|
|Directed by||Jack Gold|
|Written by||Stephen Churchett (screenplay)|
|Original air date||15 November 2000|
"The Remorseful Day" is the final episode of the British television detective mystery show Inspector Morse. Based on the novel The Remorseful Day by Colin Dexter, the screenplay was written by Stephen Churchett and directed by Jack Gold. It was first broadcast on 15 November 2000 on ITV.
Yvonne Harrison (Meg Davies) is found by her husband Frank (Paul Freeman); she has been murdered and left in a sexually compromising position. Morse is taken off the case after two months and no progress is made until an anonymous letter suggesting that Harry Repp (Eddie Webber), who is to be released from prison, may be the perpetrator.
Because of Morse's failing health, Sergeant Lewis assumes a more active role. Paddy Flynn (James Benson), the cab driver who drove Frank Harrison to his home on the night of the murder, is found dead in the trash dump. Harry Repp is found dead in the boot of a stolen car. A local lothario, John Barron (Jesse Birdsall), is killed in a fall from a ladder. The trio turn out to have been blackmailing whoever killed Yvonne, and it further appears that Barron killed the other two so that he could keep the blackmail money for himself.
It is revealed that Sandra Harrison (Anna Wilson-Jones) had killed her mother in a jealous rage over John Barron, while Barron himself was killed by Sandra's illegitimate half-brother Roy (Aidan David), under instructions from Frank.
Just after uncovering the truth, Morse collapses and later dies in hospital of a heart attack. His last words are "Thank Lewis for me".
John Thaw, who played Morse, died on February 21, 2002, 15 months after this last episode aired.