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Endeavour - The Titfield Thunderbolt
Heisenberg might have stayed here
Sometimes the TV is an ideal medium for just sitting back and not taking things too seriously. Obviously, Channel 5's Top 10 Carry-on moments last night was not taking things too seriously, but I was pleased to see Carry-On Up The Khyber taking the top spot.

Then I decided to hop over to Endeavour. I didn't expect it to be all that good, and I found the first half hour or so really quite a struggle. The cinematography seemed to have a slight sepia effect, almost as if it was trying to out-drab Tinker, Tailor. Oxford looked far too clean. Even the good cops were bad in the 1960s; the bad cops were even worse. I think I spotted Colin Dexter in a walk-on (by which I actually mean "sit down") part in a beer garden. It picked up as the story developed, and by the end I had quite enjoyed it.

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uitlander From: uitlander Date: January 4th, 2012 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I watched it last night and rather enjoyed it with a few nit-picks:

Moving a Cambridge College to Oxford (Christ's), people not wearing gowns in the lecture/seminar (mandatory in the 1960s IIRC) & the inevitable (and traditional) identity of the murderer.

Morse was a bit too much of a smart arse for a rookie, and his senior officers a rather too indulgent of the newbie. I certainly preferred it to Lewis.

But fun. I kept failing to recognise which college they were using for filming which was a little annoying.

Edited at 2012-01-04 06:34 am (UTC)
qatsi From: qatsi Date: January 4th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
A lot of it was certainly Merton, though I think Oriel might have made an appearance as well.
uitlander From: uitlander Date: January 4th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd clocked the exterior shot of Oriel, but was sure that the interior shots were not there so Merton (which I barely know) is plausible.
qatsi From: qatsi Date: January 4th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
The cobbled/paved quad is a giveaway, and it's been used in Morse quite regularly.
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