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PBS’s Endeavour can’t escape the Giant spectre of John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse

August 27th, 2013 · No Comments · Television

PBS's Endeavour can't escape the Giant spectre of John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse

PBS’s Endeavour can’t escape the Giant spectre of John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse

Masterpiece Mystery’s “Endeavour” a valid attempt but some characters are too iconic, Inspector Morse (and more to the point the way John Thaw portrayed him), are above duplication, continuation and certainly improvement.

I lost interest after the first Christian Bale Batman, never got into any of the other Super Hero movies though I think of Superman as always being Christopher Reeve.

Of course there were several actors that played Sherlock Holmes. This (believe it or not is just a partial list): John Barrymore, Raymond Massey, Basil Rathbone, John Gielgud, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, George C. Scott, Stewart Granger, John Cleese, Roger Moore, Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella, Charlton Heston, Peter Lawford, Peter O’Toole, Ian Richardson, Michael Caine, Brent Spiner, Jeremy Brett, Patrick Macnee, Rupert Everett, Robert Downey, Jr. and most recently Benedict Cumberbatch.

For me, the gold standard is Jeremy Brett from PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery, though Basil Rathbone is right up there. Then Robert Downey Junior had to stick his nose into it.

With James Bond, Daniel Craig may be great but it’s Sean Connery. The franchise is so big however that more films need to be made.

Not so with Inspector Morse however. John Thaw owns that role, to try and continue the Inspector Morse stories isn’t proper. I made it about 15 minutes into Endeavour before I found it unwatchable.

That’s what a giant John Thaw is.

Here is a documentary that I found on YouTube about this special actor who for me will be synonymous forever as Chief Inspector Morse. Click his image above to watch.

Brian McLane is a HUGE John Thaw fan and blogs about television at www.brianmclane.com

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