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Your affection for a television programme can sometimes boil down to the smallest things. I’ve fallen for Endeavour over the last four weeks, a classy bit of Sunday-night escapism that, on paper, had some prejudices to overcome. It’s a spin-off for one thing, which always feels a little indolent as a commission. It’s also two hours long, which needn’t be a defect in a drama, but does put quite a high premium on it having some compensatory virtues. And it’s a period piece, which raises the danger that a Bakelite telephone or a vintage Vauxhall Cresta will used as a substitute for the kind of qualities you can’t simply hire from a prop house. But Endeavour has risen above all these disadvantages, largely because in Russell Lewis’s hands it knows when to stop.
Take Proverbs 26:11 as an illustrative text. The biblical text came up when Morse was called back north by his sister to visit his ailing father, an undemonstrative log of a man who chided him for making a fuss. “Proverbs 26:11,” she explained, was what Morse’s father had muttered when he learned that his son had returned to Oxford as a policeman. And the attractive thing about that scene was that she didn’t explain it further to Endeavour and the drama didn’t explain it further to us. There was a kind of clue, to bridge the gap for those who didn’t know. Morse implicitly paraphrased it as “returning to the scene of the crime”. But to get that it was the verse about a fool returning to his folly “as a dog returneth to his vomit”, you either had to know, or go and look it up.
The restraint made that moment far more believable than it might otherwise have been, the kind of modest opacity that real life is full, of but television dramas often like to tidy out of the way, for fear that an audience will take umbrage at being presented with anything less than utter transparency. And it feels there’s an analogy in that withholding for the careful underplaying of Shaun Evans as the young Morse. The visit home to his father rounded out the character a little more; that taciturnity is inherited, you suddenly see, and Morse’s relationship with Roger Allam’s bluffly paternal DI takes on a new aspect. But everything is done with virtually nothing on show. In a very touching moment at the end of last night’s episode, Evans conveyed Morse’s confused emotions at the death of his father with nothing more than a stricken fussing with his hands, gestures half completed and then cancelled. That was worth 20 minutes of gun-play."
we’re so bored that we’re watching loose women, jamelia is on and everyone knows that jamelia is the moat important person ever
i KNOW i’m going to receive hate for this because tumblr is so over sensitive and overreacts to everything, but i think every bajoran in the world should be murdered in agony
alicexi replied to your post “tegan is so boring all those clashing prints can’t save her or having…”
OH MAN I CAN’T BELIEVE I DIDN’T NOTICED THEY CALLED THE BABY ROSE. AFTER ROSE. OFF OF DOCTOR WHO. I’M SO ANGRY
omg but do you not remember they made a stupid point of it on their stupid website, ~who are they gonna name the new doctor who baby after~ and obviously it wasn’t gonna be martha while there was already martha kane and then there’s queen amy barnes obvs (bbcomeback.mp3), and they even had an argument in the hospital about it
i secretly love the lomaxes tbh
remember when they had a poll to suggest what mitzeee’s baby would be called and this dumb fandom picked PHOENIX, the poor child, phoenix costello, mitzeee has changed, she was no longer trashy enough to call ~her last link to riley~ a name as terrible as phoenix
Who is Carl?
he is a customer at work who has a very creepy type of British nationalism and personally it’s quite unnerving hearing a black man shout white nationalist slogans because he doesn’t like Africans or Muslims
he doesn’t like women either but he called out Jazz on being a massive Tory and Andrew on being a violent homophobe - Carl was bearable when he was calling people out on their shit but then he quickly devolved into screaming abuse at Asian women on the street and calling Michaela a “race traitor” because she’s friends with an African girl, and then he got into a fight with another guy and they were both on suspended sentences so they’re banged up until the trial in August
it’s st george’s day, thank god carl is in prison!!!!! i can’t stand for one of his nationalist lectures again!
You think you’re going to be hip and teen forever and then suddenly you find yourself drinking red wine and playing board games and lusting after men with beards
Petition for all sex scenes that go onto TV or into films be reviewed by a panel of women during production so we can go “Nah bro that’s rape can’t do that try again.”
last world cup i spent alternately drunk or taking exams and it was very fun but i have literally no football friends left, jack doesn’t even like birmingham city that much
i hope there’s a sweepstake at work, our shop will probaby get one of the comedy countries like we got the comedy horses in the grand national (“i bet ours is one of the ones they shoot at the end”) because steve hates us but we’ll all be able to celebrate when those fuckers at solihull and bearwood lose
highgate/moseley/cape hill supremacy tbh
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