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ITV Director of Television pays tribute to Inspector Morse creator

We're very sad to hear this news and our deepest sympathies go to Colin Dexter's family. When Colin’s celebrated novels were adapted for television they went on to become one of the nation’s best loved shows. John Thaw’s pitch perfect portrayal of the irascible detective with a love for crosswords, real ale and classical music was undoubtedly one of the best loved characters of all time. Through 33 feature length stories, the casebook of Morse and Lewis changed the landscape of detective drama.

Colin was closely involved in the production of Inspector Morse, advising on scripts and making keenly anticipated cameo appearances in many of the films. Colin also worked closely with ITV as a consultant on Lewis, the highly successful sequel to Inspector Morse which starred Kevin Whately and ran for nine years. He was also one of the key creative forces behind Endeavour, the acclaimed prequel series starring Shaun Evans as the young Morse. The most recent Endeavour series, shown this January, marked the 25th anniversary of Inspector Morse’s television debut. ITV is very grateful to Colin for bringing so much joy to the audience over the years and the world of Inspector E. Morse will live forever."

– Kevin Lygo, ITV Director of Television


Dame Vera at 100: Birthday celebrations

Dame Vera Lynn spoke via internet link to children at her former school today as celebrations continued to mark her 100th birthday.

We hear from Dame Vera and speak to wartime veteran Bob Piper, and Pilar Cloud from the Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity. We also remember the man who wrote White Cliffs of Dover, Walter Kent.

Dame Vera 100th birthday wishes beam from White Cliffs of Dover

Dame Vera's 100th birthday tribute on the White Cliffs of Dover

A 350 feet high projection has been beamed onto the White Cliffs of Dover to mark the 100th birthday of Dame Vera Lynn today.

The image of the singer was commissioned to mark Dame Vera's special birthday on the 20th March, and the release of her new album, Vera Lynn 100, which features re-orchestrated versions of her most popular songs alongside her original vocals.

The singer, who lives in the Sussex Downs, has become a national icon since entertaining the troops during World War Two, and boosting the morale of the nation - with musical hits including 'The White Cliffs of Dover' and 'We'll Meet Again'.

Dame Vera Lynn celebrates a big birthday today Credit: PA
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