Morse Universe: Weekly News Round Up.

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As October is about to wrap things up and leave us with only two months of the year to enjoy, here we are again on my weekly round up of all the news out there in the social media about all things Morse related. I also post items I have encountered on the net that would be difficult to be classed as news. But hopefully they will be of interest.

Laurence Fox via Twitter and Instagram.

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Pictures from Pinterest.

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Rebecca Front via twitter

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Angela Griffin via twitter and Instagram.

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Dakota Blue Richards via Twitter and Instagram.

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Dakota Blue Richards Interview on ‘Endeavour New Case, New Character’.

Abigail Thaw via Twitter.

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Automated dialogue replacement (ADR) is the process of re-recording dialogue by the original actor after the filming process to improve audio quality or reflect dialogue changes (also known as “looping” or a “looping session”).

Clare Holman

The sad news this week was the death of Clare Holman’s (Laura Hobson) ex husband Howard Davies.

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Actress Clare Holman and director Howard Davies.

Howard Davies CBE (26 April 1945 – 25 October 2016) was a British theatre and television director.

Anton Lesser (Chief Superintendent Bright)

Anton is currently filming a mini series called, ‘Will’. A drama about the lost years of young William Shakespeare after his arrival to London in 1589 — when theatre was like rock and roll and a young man with a dream changed the world with his words. century.

Kevin Whately

Interview with the Scottish newspaper The Daily Record.

TV veteran Kevin Whately on why he couldn’t turn down Still Game.

Whately first shot to fame as Sergeant Robbie Lewis, opposite John Thaw in the long-running series Inspector Morse.

PLAYING a dodgy dentist in tonight’s Still Game is a role Kevin Whately has been dying to get his teeth into.

But after three decades, he has retired the TV detective to play smaller roles and a part in the hit Scottish sitcom was top of his list.

He plays dodgy Geordie dentist Cameron Hastie, who tries to give Methadone Mike a winning smile ahead of a job interview.

Whately, 65, said: “He’s not the world’s best dentist.

“Michael, the director, comes from the north-east of England and thought it would be nice to have a different accent in it.

“Northumberland being next to Scotland, I suppose it made some sense.

Still Game favourites add more dates to Hydro live show run after ticket rush

“They sent me the script in 
the summer. It made me laugh out loud. I was already a fan of the show.

“I did think a little bit about how you could become a dentist and become so bad at it that you get struck off.

“I decided he was a middle class Geordie who had a bit of a drink problem.”

Whately felt at home alongside Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill and Sanjeev Kohli’s characters, Jack, Victor and Naveed – having spent his first year of acting on the stage at Perth theatre.

He landed parts in panto as well as plays such as the bedroom farce Move Over Mrs Markham, Noel Coward’s Cowardy Custard and Scottish restoration play, A Muckle Steer.

He said: “A Muckle Steer was very funny and in dialect, not unlike Still Game.

“We did 13 or 14 different shows in the year.

“Jake D’Arcy – who played Pete the Jakey in Still Game and sadly passed away last year – was in the company then with people Maurice Roeves and Lesley Mackie.

“So I spent a lot of time there early on. We had a really great year and it taught me a lot.

“I learned more there than in three years at drama school.

“I did panto and a couple of Shakespeares and The Tunes of Glory, based on the 60s movie that Alec Guinness and John 
Mills starred in that was set in Edinburgh Castle barracks.


So we are probably only a few months away from the start of series 4 of Endeavour, (at least for those in the UK). But when will it be? of course it will be in 2017 but which month. The first series started in April 2012 though the pilot was shown in the January of that year. The second series began in March of 2014. The third series started in January of last year. So one has to assume that the fourth series will be in the first quarter of 2017. Let’s hope it is January.

What we know so far regarding the content of the new series;

As Series IV (1967 Vol.2) resumes, barely a fortnight has passed since the events depicted in the series III finale, and we find Oxford’s finest picking up the pieces of their lives, both personal and professional.

Endeavour waits to hear the result of his Sergeant’s Exam, and self-medicates to numb his heartache, but whisky and Tännhauser will only get a man so far. While Thursday and Win deal with their own sense of grief. Their home is empty, Sam gone to the Army and Joan… Who knows where?

The summer of 1967 is on the turn. Midsummer has been and gone but in Lovelace College a team of boffins is about to unveil a ‘thinking machine’ that will challenge the Soviets, and plunge Endeavour and Thursday into their most perilous, baffling and darkly terrifying case to date. White Heat. Cold War. And an immortal game that will cast the life of a friend into the hazard.

The stories that remain will take Endeavour and Thursday, together with the rest of Oxford’s Finest, into places hitherto unexplored – the worlds of 1960s pop; Doctors and Nurses; and an exploration of the English pastoral.

Further cast for Film 1 includes James Laurenson (Wolf Hall, The Riot Club), who appeared in the very first Inspector Morse episode, The Dead of Jericho, as Tony Richards in 1987. James is playing Professor Amory and his appearance will coincide with the 30th anniversary of Morse in 2017. Also cast are Tristan Sturrock (Poldark, Doc Martin) as Dr Bernard Gould, Adam James (Doctor Foster, Thicker Than Water) as Kent Finn, Gillian Saker (Ripper Street, Misfits) as Pat Amory and Chris Fulton (One of Us, Stonemouth) as Broderick Castle.

Mammoth Screen, one of the UK’s leading independent production companies and an ITV Studios owned company, will produce the new set of films. The executive producers are Damien Timmer, MD of Mammoth Screen, Writer and creator Russell Lewis alongside former Endeavour producer Tom Mullens and Rebecca Eaton for WGBH. The Producer is Helen Ziegler and Ashley Pearce will direct Film 1.

Colin Dexter, whose first Morse story was published in 1975, continues his association with the drama, acting as a consultant to Endeavour producers.

Endeavour IV has been commissioned by ITV’s former Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.”

I believe that Sara Vickers as Joan Thursday and Shvorne Marks as Monica Hicks won’t be appearing in the new series.

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That’s all for this weeks news round up. My next post will be the music, art and literary references in the Morse episode, ‘The Settling of the Sun’. Take care and thank you for all your support.

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