About this blog

I have watched the episodes of Inspector Morse and Lewis many, many times. With the start of the new year, 2014, I decided to watch all episodes of Morse, Lewis and Endeavour again. However, I needed another reason for doing so over and above just the enjoyment of watching them. So, I decided to create this blog in the hope that other people will enjoy this blog other than just me. I will add a new post every two weeks and review the shows chronologically. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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24 comments

  1. I’ll put your blog in my favorities. I Loved the episodes, and simply adored Lewis, the actor as well as the series. I watched Endeavor, hoping he’d be back this year in a continuing series, but alas, haven’t seen anything from across the pond, as yet.
    The Settling of the Sun was a bit disappointing, and honestly, I couldn’t stand the lead actress. She looked like she was constipated throughout, and her character was disjointed and confusing.
    I did adore Max, and was put out when he was replaced later in the series by a female coroner.

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  2. Hi Jan. Thank you for adding my blog to your favourites. I think the second series of Endeavour is being shown is being shown in the USA at the end of this month. I read that somewhere recently on a Morse/Lewis/Endeavour Facebook I follow https://www.facebook.com/groups/2400957493/ . It’s on something called Masterpiece. You are so right about the actress in The Settling of the Sun.

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  3. Hi Chris: I was delighted to find your blog and will also be putting it on my favorites list. I have been an avid Morse fan from the beginning, having read all the Dexter novels (there weren’t that many) and watched all the Morse, Lewis and Endeavour episodes over and over again on YouTube. Unfortunately, some are not available to play on certain platforms, so if I want to watch one on my smartphone, I have a limited choice. This means your blog is a welcome treat and I will enjoy reading the reviews—one always find out additional pieces of information unknown before. I am an associate professor—British but living in the U.S., who used to live in Abingdon as a child (just outside Oxford), so these series are like life’s blood! In addition, one cannot forget the wonderful contribution that Barrington Pheloung’s music makes. These truly are Masterpiece’s. BTW the Endeavour series is currently (July 2014) showing in the U.S. under the Masterpiece Mystery banner—every Sunday here in Michigan. Thanks again—I look forward to making this journey with you.

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    • Hi Aileen. Thank you for your kind words and I am so glad you are enjoying the blog. You are so right concerning Barrington Pheloung’s music. The theme tune alone is a stroke of genius. I hope you are enjoying the Endeavour series as much as I am.

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  4. Hi Chris,

    Thank you for a job well done and appreciated! I started reading Colin Dexter’s Morse books from the beginning, then started watching Morse on TV. I was thrilled when Inspector Lewis began and I am a huge fan of Kevin and Laurence. I enjoy Endeavour very much as well.

    Seeing Colin Dexter doing his cameo appearances in each episode of Morse and Lewis is so much fun. I met him once at a book signing my US city in the 90s. My husband and I had been in Oxford one March where Mr Dexter lived, and I went in Dillon’s Books and bought Colin Dexter’s latest at the time, The Daughters of Cain. We came home, and in April, I read in the local paper that Mr. Dexter would be at a local bookstore signing this current book! I took my Oxford purchased book to the signing and told Colin Dexter about my April-in-Oxford purchase story and then he came here to sign it! We had a nice chat about Morse. Very nice man!

    As an Anglophile, I have made many trips to the UK, mainly to England as I feel at home there. Oxford is my favorite place in England, and several years ago, I was fortunate to take a summer course, History of Oxfordshire, at one of the colleges. I loved it! Oxford is like one of the main characters to me in Morse, Lewis, and Endeavour.

    I look forward to receiving your blogs, Chris! Thank you.

    Carol Flatt

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    • Colin Dexter is a very approachable man and he understands that readers and watchers such as ourselves are what has brought him his fame and success. You are absolutely correct in stating that Oxford is one of the main characters in all the different series and what a wonderful actor she is. I’m so jealous that you were able to take a course at one of the Oxford colleges. That must have been a wonderful experience. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and thank you so much for the kind words.

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  5. Just wondering … in the opening scenes of ‘Ramblin Boy’ in Season 7 of Lewis, there’s a glimpse of a street musician. Could it be a cameo appearance by the wonderful composer Barrinton Pheloung?

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  6. Hello Christopher! Warmed by your words in a recent post on Inspector Morse: … Endeavor Facebook page. I don’t know what precipitated your bed rest, but it looks like your heart is in good condition. 🙂 My husband suggested i blog about Endeavor since I watch the episodes with the same frequency I used to listen to my favorite LP in high school. I never tire of the photography, architecture of beautiful Oxford, music, frequent literary back drops, and last but not least the acting of Roger A. and Shawn E. Well, all of the actors really. I have not read any of the novels, and have not become engaged with Inspector Morse as of yet. I know I speak blasphemy in this. I am mad about the layering of all of the above mentioned art forms.

    My question: Why does Endeavor know so much about the Bible? Is this the result of a study inn Classics or is this because of his Quaker mom? I know British children study the Bible in school so possibly it is an example of Endeavor’s brilliant mind for recalling details in literature. For me it is a compelling part of his character, being a Theology student and Chaplain myself.

    Thanks for your time

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    • Hi Cheryl and welcome to my blog. Regarding the bed rest, it wasn’t bed rest so much as being unable to sleep through the night. With the recent death of my ex mother in law and suffering from depression there are times when sleep can be hard to come by. But I always use that insomnia in a practical way rather than feeling sorry for my self or staring at the celiing.
      As for your Husband’s suggestion, if you don’t want to go to the trouble of writing your own blog feel free to write a post for my blog. I already have someone else working on a future post.
      Why does Endeavour know so much about the bible? Personally, I believe it’s a combination of two things. Firstly, yes, much of his knowledge will have come form his Quaker mother. Secondly, his love of literature will also have added to his knowledge of the Bible and religion. Being a lover of classic literature myself I know that many novels have not only religious undertones but many of their characters are endowed with either a knowledge of the Bible or their characters are based on religious figures. Due to these factors the bible will often be quoted or paraphrased or alluded to within the novel, play or poem. Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe use biblical references frequently. Off the top of my head you have Wordsworth poem, ‘Intimations of Immortality’; Dante’s ‘Inferno’, Blake’s, ‘The Everlasting Bible’ I think it’s called or it might be ‘Everlasting Gospels’. But, anyway you see where i’m going.
      I hope you enjoy my blog and thank you for taking the time to comment.

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      • Thank you , Christopher. This is amazing work. I’ll begin working on that guest post. It would be my first anywhere. I also have the black dog chasing me, but I’ve grown to accept and even appreciate the insight it gives me. I hope your mum is OK. I am taking care of mine as well.

        Cheryl Rampley Hume

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    • Hi Cheryl. Sorry to read that the black dog also follows you around. Coincidently I also refer to it as the ‘black dog’ when talking about it. Looking after a parent isn’t easy is it. Looking forward to your post. Take care.

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  7. Hello there from Buenos Aires, Argentina. What a delightful surprise to find your blog! I absolutely adore Inspector Morse. There was a time, some years ago, when the tv cable company in my area would show Morse episodes on Saturday afternoons…and after showing the last one, that heartbreaking horrible episode of his death, they started showing it all over again, from the very beginning…and I would watch the whole thing again and again. It’s such a superb series, such an unforgettable character…first and only time I liked best the character as portrayed by John Thaw than the original one in Dexter’s novels! And of course the music…most beautiful theme ever written for a tv series. Imagine my happiness when Lewis started. Great work by Kevin Whately and that lovely, Morse-like sidekick he found in Hathaway. They never showed any other season after the third or fourth one though. Do you have any idea where I can find it on line?
    And then, when I thought it was all over…Endeavour!!! That great, so necessary prequel…Shaun Evans OMG…although I must confess it makes me a little sad, knowing as we know the end of the story and how lonely he will live and die…
    Anyway! Just to tell you THANKS A LOT FOR THIS BLOG. So wonderful to see people from such different countries and cultures and faraway places joined by the love for the same stories…
    All the best!

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  8. March 7, 2017

    Hi, Chris,

    I enjoy your blog, which I just discovered today. My home is in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, about 40 miles east of Toronto.

    I don’t watch television as such, nor have I for may years, however I do have a set in my living room (lounge) for watching videos, both from my personal collection, and the public library.

    I’ve never been to the UK, but I’ve always been interested in the country, ever since reading Enid Blyton’s books back in the late 1950s, as a child.

    I watched most of the Morse programs before getting into the Lewis series a couple of years ago. I’ve found that I enjoy it more than “Morse”. This is partly because Lewis has come into his own as a capable police officer and generally capable individual; in short, a more rounded and interesting character.

    The second factor is the wonderful portrayal of Dr. Laura Hobson, by Clare Holman. She is so believable in the part, with her wonderfully expressive face, her crinkly smile, her intelligence, and effective underplaying.

    The beginning of the romance between her and Robbie really made the show for me. I wonder if the producers had that in mind from the outset, as they made a point of killing off Robbie’s wife before Lewis began. Of course, an adulterous affair could have been written in, but this seems unlikely, given the nature of the two characters.

    Keep up the good work.

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    • Hi John and welcome to my blog. An adultorous affair would have been out of character for Lewis. Regarding Dr. Laura Hobson, have you seen the videos I created regarding my favourite moments involving Laura. The videos can be found at the top of the page under the heading ‘Clare Holman’.

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      • March 7, 2017

        Hi, Chris,

        I enjoyed the “Morse” series, but was always bothered by the almost abusive way in which he treated Lewis, somewhat akin to a school teacher lecturing a pupil. James Grout as the Chief Constable, in turn, was hard on Morse much of the time. Rebecca Front as the new CC is better, but still projects too much of the “I am the boss” attitude, albeit with a sort of “den mother” approach occasionally, being solicitous towards her staff. This top down philosophy may be true of the British police force in general; I can’t say, although police forces are somewhat paramilitary organizations. I realize it’s a fictional conception, but the same attitude was evident on “Midsomer Murders”. Perhaps there are certain cliches that writers adhere to.

        Speaking of writers, it was fun to note the familiarity of some character’s names, eg. Laura Hobson was an American writer, author of the book “Gentlemen’s Agreement”, which was a popular 1947 movie starring Gregory Peck; another character was named Ann Rand, and I’m sure you remember “Ayn Rand”, author of “The Fountainhead”, also made into a movie, with Gary Cooper. A minor character in one episode was named “Renton”, not a very common surname, I believe, and I noted a crew member with that name. I’ll bet the writers had fun coming up with names for series characters. “Morse” could have come from Samuel Morse, the inventor of the telegraph.

        Do you know if Colin Dexter has ever considered writing a book based on the “Lewis” series? It would seem to offer an excellent link up.;

        Best wishes,

        John Thompson

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