Inspector Lewis set for final run at making Oxford safe

Robert ‘Robbie’ Lewis was first introduced in 1987 as Detective Inspector Endeavour Morse’s sergeant during the iconic Inspector Morse series. Inspector Lewis, the spin-off series starring Kevin Whatley reprising his role, which premiered in 2006, had Lewis promoted to Detective Inspector Morse and paired with DS Hathaway.   Unfortunately, today is the day we all […]

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Endeavour back for four more in 2014

The iconic Inspector Morse series that starred John Thaw not only drew large audiences when it premiered in 1987 on ITV and on PBS as part of the Mystery! series, it was hailed by critics as the definition of intelligent television. In 2006, Inspector Lewis came on the scene in a spin-off series with Kevin […]

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Bad Day at Black Rock on the Sherlock and Downton Abbey front

This is like asking someone if they would rather have the Cod Liver Oil first with the Alka Seltzer chaser to follow or vice-versa. Trust me, giving either of them a cherry-flavor isn’t going to help in either case, they still tasted bad when you were a kid. That said, unfortunately, I need to be […]

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Sherlock, George Gently, DCI Banks and, now, Endeavour in 2013

Ever since the final days of 1999, television producers have been searching for a successor to the critically acclaimed, audience hit, Inspector Morse, based on the detective novels by British author Colin Dexter. Combined with the more recent news of the great David Suchet, CBE bringing the television adaptations of the Agatha Christie sleuth, Hercule […]

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PBS adds Mr. Selfridge as another 'Masterpiece'

This is getting to be like a generic blog post where you just ‘insert the next title here’ when it comes to reporting on PBS’ Masterpiece series. In just the last year, viewers in the States have been treated to the likes of Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Endeavour, Inspector Lewis, Case Histories, Upstairs Downstairs, Page Eight […]

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Endeavour – A first look at another PBS 'Masterpiece'

At the risk of getting a bit repetitive here, writing about PBS Masterpiece‘s embarrassment of riches seems to be a weekly occurrence these days. Showing no signs of slowing down this summer when most networks are in the state of perpetual re-runs or pointless reality shows, PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery! series will premiere “Endeavour“ on Sunday, […]

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ITV commissions Endeavor series for 2013

ITV has announced that their Inspector Morse ‘prequel’, Endeavor, has now officially been commissioned for an additional four episodes, to be filmed on location beginning this summer in Oxford, most likely for transmission in early 2013. PBS viewers in the United States will get a chance to experience what UK viewers already know when Endeavor […]

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Remembering when mystery was…Mystery!

Thanks, up front, to Laughing Squid for getting me thinking about this and bringing back memories of classic mystery on television some 20-30 years ago that, in some respects, is unmatched today. While Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Endeavor and, even, Great Expectations, are the talk of the telly on both sides of the pond these days, […]

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PBS' Endeavor looks at early days of Inspector Morse

There are things in the world of film and television that defy logic. Jennifer Garner as a young Miss Marple…still don’t get it. I’ve never fully recovered from seeing Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire. Even though there’s no denying the brilliance of John Thaw as Inspector Morse, I’m getting better now and am actually […]

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