To end this week celebrating ‘Endeavour’ and ‘Inspector Morse’, it’s time to induct another TV character into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame for the category of Friday Hall of Famers.
But… surprise! It’s not whom you might expect….
From the “Inspector Morse wiki”:
Jim Strange is a character featured in both ‘Inspector Morse’, played by James Grout, and its prequel ‘Endeavour’, played by Sean Rigby.
Chief Superintendent Jim Strange also shows a clear respect for and of Sergeant Lewis, Morse's loyal assistant, and ultimately gives Lewis strong encouragement to seek promotion to Detective Inspector - as indeed he had encouraged him earlier in the series to apply for a vacant Inspector's position in the Oxford traffic police. However, the character does not appear in the sequel series ‘Lewis’, in the timeline of which, he appears to have retired.
28 Episodes (and counting)
Set in the 1960s, the show follows Endeavour Morse in his early years as a police constable. Working alongside his senior partner DI Fred Thursday, Morse engages in a number of investigations around Oxford.
Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer, and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.
First broadcast in 1987, the Inspector Morse series is a crime drama based on the Colin Dexter novels of the same name. The show is based around the exciting exploits of Morse - a senior officer within the Criminal Investigation Department of the Oxford Police - as he investigates heavy crimes in and around Oxford with his sidekick, Sergeant Lewis. Morse is a grumpy classical music aficionado who loves beer, and who frequently loses patience with the earnest but somewhat slow Lewis.
‘INSPECTOR MORSE: REST IN PEACE’
Clip show that represents a biography of sorts of the now late great Inspector Morse. Chief Superintendent Strange fills in the blanks in between the clips with his first hand testimony about the man.
Clips from the following episodes were featured:
- The Dead of Jericho (1987)
- The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (1987)
- The Wolvercote Tongue (1987)
- Last Seen Wearing (1988)
- Deceived by Flight (1989)
- Driven to Distraction (1990)
- Masonic Mysteries (1990)
- Promised Land (1991)
- Dead on Time (1992)
- The Death of the Self (1992)
- Twilight of the Gods (1993)
- The Way Through the Woods (1995)
- Death Is Now My Neighbour (1997)
Welcome to the Hall, Jim Strange!