The daughter of John Thaw has paid tribute to the "extremely clever" and "cheeky" 'Inspector Morse' writer Colin Dexter following his death aged 86.
Abigail Thaw's father played the role of Chief Inspector Morse in the popular ITV series of the same name from 1987 to 2000, and she now stars in the programme's prequel 'Endeavour'.
She said her father revered and admired Dexter and had a "deep fondness" for him, but that it took her a while to discover his "brilliance".
She also said Dexter was a "great comfort" to her when her father died in 2002 at the age of 60 from cancer.
Her statement read: "Colin will forever be linked to perhaps my father's best-loved character, Morse.
"Dad would often talk of Colin's intelligence and accomplishments in rather hushed tones of reverence and admiration as well as a deep fondness."
She said Dexter "became an important part of my life" when he created spin-off show 'Endeavour', in which she plays the role of newspaper editor Dorothea Frazil.
"He was, quite simply, extremely clever," she said.