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Re: BBC Suggestions

Posted: April 20th, 2015, 9:26 am
by movieman1957
For those of us that are fans of "Inspector Morse" you may want to try the prequel "Endeavour." I am very late to the party as this film was the pilot of the series that has followed.

In this film we are introduced to a very young Morse who is new to the force and is brought with a group of other police officers to work on a missing girl's case. Not very soon after her body is found and the murder investigation begins. Throughout the complicated plot Morse is given an opportunity to show his skills as he impresses his bosses. Being young there are a few slips and he can get ahead of himself. Ultimately, he comes to the conclusion of who killed the girl and it cuts him to his very soul.

One thing I was doing while watching was looking for traits of the later character. We learn some of his family. (If we knew anything over the 15 years of "Morse" it was he wasn't fond of sharing.) We know right away of his love of opera. He is too young to be gruff but we also know that he has always been ill at ease around bodies. Somewhat shy and polite almost to a fault we also come upon his often frustrating relationship with women. But this is all neatly woven into this involved and detailed mystery.

You get to see the Jaguar at a couple of points but it rests in a dealership with no indication of its impending purchase. Two lovely little nods to the later series is a small tribute to John Thaw and, as hoped, they used the same theme music. Barinngton Pheloung has been the music composer to all the Inspector Morse, Inspector Lewis and now Endeavour. Smart people doing smart things.

Recommended but you must watch closely or it will be easy enough to miss things or get confused. Also, if you haven't seen any of the original "Inspector Morse" many, if not all, are streaming on Netflix. "Endeavour" was on Amazon Prime Video. (You will also find Inspector Lewis on Amazon as well.)

Re: BBC Suggestions

Posted: September 25th, 2020, 7:31 am
by movieman1957
A very good series I thought others might enjoy is a British production currently on Amazon Prime. It is called "Unforgotten." It stars the wonderful Nicola Walker as the head of a cold case unit in a mid country police department. The three seasons are comprised of a single case each season. The premise is a body is found that was killed a number of years prior and they investigate the crime. The identity is found in pretty short order and the investigation often full of interesting back stories carries over the season. Each year to me is better than the previous one. SOme of the story lines are pretty intense. A good cast and good writing make this one a little different but no less fascinating than other British first rate police dramas. I think it is one worth your time.