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The shameful history of silence on child abuse | Nick Cohen

7 October 2012 3:27 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

While we pore over the details of the allegations against Jimmy Savile, we turn a blind eye to other forms of exploitation

Christopher Marlowe's most quoted exchange comes in The Jew of Malta when Bernardine, a friar, tries to accuse the antihero Barabas of murder. "Thou hast committed…" he begins. "Fornication?" interrupts Barabas as he deflects attention from a capital crime to a charge too footling for serious people to care about. "But that was in another country, and besides, the wench is dead."

Barabas's cool assertions that no one could prove a sex charge – "but that was in another country" – and no one need care – "and besides, the wench is dead" – have haunted writers and audiences for centuries. Ts Eliot used them at the beginning of Portrait of a Lady to illustrate male indifference to female suffering. Colin Dexter and Pd James wove them into their thrillers.

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- Nick Cohen

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The Daily Beast: "Morse Code: PBS' Knife-Sharp Lewis Returns"

6 July 2012 6:59 AM, PDT | Televisionary | See recent Televisionary news »

Murder among the dreaming spires? I explore the enduring charms of Masterpiece Mystery’s Oxford-set crime drama Inspector Lewis, which returns to PBS for a fifth season on Sunday. Over at The Daily Beast, you can read my latest feature, "Morse Code: PBS' Knife-Sharp Lewis Returns," in which I take a look at both Inspector Lewis and Endeavour from within the context of the legacy of Morse and their role within what I'm calling an Oxford crime trilogy. In a television landscape populated by countless iterations of CSI and its ilk—crime dramas where the emphasis is on forensics as crime-solving technology rather than in old school policing—Masterpiece Mystery’s delightful Inspector Lewis may feel like an odd man out. But in the case of Lewis, which returns to PBS on Sunday for a fifth season (or sixth, if you’re going by the U.K.’s numbering system »

- Jace Lacob

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Endeavour: an inspector recalled

1 January 2012 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Morse is back – but in a prequel starring this man as the young inspector. Can he escape from John Thaw's shadow? Laura Barnett searches for clues on the shoot

It's early morning at a ghostly disused Raf base, and I have just been transported back to the 1960s. A woman struts past me in a green mini-dress, hair backcombed into a beehive. A vintage blue and cream bus sits in a car park. A man in a serge suit and a beige mackintosh sits on a folding chair, smoking a cigarette. Through all this strolls a tall, loose-limbed young man with piercing blue eyes and a strangely familiar expression.

The expression – avuncular yet determined, confused yet confident – is familiar because it's the default expression of Inspector Morse, the opera-loving solver of shire-based crimes. But Morse has not come back from the dead: the loose-limbed young man is actor Shaun Evans, »

- Laura Barnett

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