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Review Gem Wheeler 1 Apr 2014 - 07:00
The new series of Endeavour maintains the tricky balance between satisfying Morse fans and drawing in new viewers...
This review contains spoilers.
Behind each of the cases solved by the young Endeavour Morse in 1960s Oxford lies a bigger mystery, one that taxes the audience’s puzzle-solving skills even as the detective remains blissfully unaware of the need to crack it. It is, of course, the enigma of Morse himself. John Thaw’s iconic portrayal of Colin Dexter’s dour, embittered yet thoroughly decent detective needs no real introduction, but Morse’s past exists for us only in outline: a broken engagement, a difficult Oxford career, an abiding resentment of the top brass who obstructed him at every turn.
Name: Inspector Endeavour Morse.
Appearance: Either old, grey-haired and cerebral or young, blondish and slightly less cerebral.
Nothing in between? Nope. Nothing at all. When Inspector Morse was in his late 20s, he looked a lot like the actor Shaun Evans. Then he vanished for a couple of decades, came back looking a lot like John Thaw and then he died.
What about the missing years? We'll never find out. Creator Colin Dexter has made it as clear as possible that Evans, star of the 60s-set ITV prequel series Endeavour, will be the last actor ever to play Morse.
How has he managed that? By writing a clause in his will forbidding anyone else from playing the detective. »
The Musketeers and Being Human star talks her toppermost TV picks
I like a good gritty drama. Broadchurch, or something by Jimmy McGovern. I think Shaun Evans does a amazing job in Endeavour. Following on from John Thaw means you've got massive shoes to fill. Comedy-wise, I think Brooklyn Nine-Nine is brilliant, and Girls of course. I haven't seen the third series yet, but the first and second, you'd just sit down and plough through them in one go.
Earliest TV memory
Postman Pat. I was always one for a great theme tune. My mum said that I used to dance around to the theme tune to Care Bears, and as soon as it finished I'd bugger off, I wasn't interested.
Gladiators. Saturday night viewing just isn't the same these days, is it? Gladiators, followed by Blind Date: that's what you want. I'm not into reboots. »
- Louis Pattison
3 items from 2014
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