TV detective Inspector Morse loved a pint so it was perhaps no surprise that his creator Colin Dexter was asked to officially reopen a pub in Oxford.

He turned up at The Prince of Wales pub in Iffley in 2015 at the invitation of landlords Sue and Steve Bant.

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The ITV series Inspector Morse, starring John Thaw and Kevin Whately, was set in Oxford and 33 episodes ran from 1987 to 2000.

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In 2018, the series was named the greatest British crime drama of all time by Radio Times’ readers.

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It was followed by the TV series Lewis, fronted by Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox, and now the Morse prequel Endeavour starring Shaun Evans is filmed in the city.

The ITV Endeavour series started with a prequel in 2012 and filming for episodes takes place in Oxford colleges and other locations in the city.

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Mr Dexter OBE was often given a cameo role in episodes of Inspector Morse and Lewis.

He died in 2017 and a memorial service took place at Christ Church Cathedral the following year.

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The Prince of Wales in Iffley

Last year Endeavour actors Shaun Evans and Roger Allam were spotted filming scenes around Broad Street and New College Lane, against the backdrop of the historic Bridge of Sighs.

We’re excited to launch We Grew Up in Oxford, a new online community for everyone who loves our great city. In our new Facebook group, we’ll be delving into the archives - both recent and older - to bring you memories of what it was like growing up and living here through the years.

We hope you’ll join us and get involved in the project, and remember to let us know what memories from your glory days you want to see in the group. We Grew Up in Oxford, so now it’s time to celebrate that. See you there!