Oxford, Britain’s on screen murder capital?

A popular location for filming, Oxford receives plenty of TV airtime, with well-known series such as Inspector Morse and its sequel Lewis having captured the hearts of viewers when it comes to this historic city.

However, if these on-screen dramas are to be believed, will any of us escape a visit with our lives?

The simple answer is yes. According to BBC Radio 4 show More Or Less, Oxford suffered around 4 TV murders a year whilst Inspector Morse and its sequel Lewis were running – which, when taking the population of around 154,000 into account – works out at around 3 per 100,000 (in real life its roughly 1) – so not as high as you might think.

The simple answer is yes. According to BBC Radio 4 show More Or Less, Oxford suffered around 4 TV murders a year whilst Inspector Morse and its sequel Lewis were running – which, when taking the population of around 154,000 into account – works out at around 3 per 100,000 (in real life its roughly 1) - so not as high as you might think.

In fact, the on-screen murder rate of Oxford seems thoroughly insignificant when compared to that of our overseas friends from Cabot Cove (Murder She Wrote), where – with a population of around 3,560 and around 5 murders per year (during the programme’s 12 year run) it works out as roughly 149 people killed per 100,000!

 

So, safe in the knowledge that a trip to Oxford isn’t highly dangerous, why not explore some of the most famous filming locations used in these iconic TV series?

Many of the scenes filmed for Inspector Morse and Lewis (as well as the more recent Endeavour) took place in the centre of the old city, with some of the most popular locations appearing within episodes across all three dramas.

Famous locations include the White Horse pub, the Sheldonian Theatre, the Bodleian Library, The Randolph Hotel and Radcliffe Square – all of which are well worth a visit.

So, safe in the knowledge that a trip to Oxford isn’t highly dangerous, why not explore some of the most famous filming locations used in these iconic TV series?

Many of the scenes filmed for Inspector Morse and Lewis (as well as the more recent Endeavour) took place in the centre of the old city, with some of the most popular locations appearing within episodes across all three dramas.

Famous locations include the White Horse pub, the Sheldonian Theatre, the Bodleian Library, The Randolph Hotel and Radcliffe Square – all of which are well worth a visit.

For those wishing to truly explore the city and all it has to offer, we recommend joining us on our Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Cotswolds’ Villages Tour. Discover the many beautiful colleges, gardens, alleys, pubs and gargoyles there are to see as we guide you around the city, before taking some time to explore yourself – we can provide plenty of recommendations on where to head!