Minghella picked up work writing for the BBC mystery series Inspector Morse, and was offered his first job to direct one of the episodes in the late 80s. Instead, he chose to direct a made-for-television film he wrote for the BBC called Truly, Madly, Deeply with Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson. (At the time it seemed like the less high-profile choice). It turned out to be a fruitful decision. In 1990, Truly, Madly, Deeply, a comedy about love and grief, had its theatrical release and paved the way for Minghella to write and direct more films.