Sadly, another star of the Morse Universe has died, Geoffrey Palmer at the age 0f 93. He was a hugely popular British character actor. He appeared in numerous films and TV shows.
I was a fan of the man well before his appearance in a Morse episode. His appearances in such diverse shows as Dr Who, Colditz, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (one of the greatest sitcoms), Fawlty Towers, Butterflies (one of all time favourite sitcoms), Fairly Secret Army, showed what a versatile actor Geoffrey was. He also appeared in the very popular sitcom with Judy Dench, As Time Goes By. This series was one of my mum’s favourite shows.
In the Morse episode, Infernal Serpent (series 4, episode 1), Geoffrey played the slimy, arrogant, despicable, Matthew Copley-Barnes and he played the character with such authenticity and plausibility that one quite readily booed and hissed when he appeared in the episode.
Thank you Geoffrey for being a part of the Morse Universe, you helped make it a great place.
Here is my review of the episode. Click on the title name, Infernal Serpent.
Here is a video of some of Geoffrey’s scenes from the Morse episode.
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Geoffrey Palmer, such a versatile actor, with a great range, I liked his Jimmy in Reggie Perrin which spawned the Fairly Secret Army series, the Doctor in Fawlty Towers episode the kipper and the corpse, just a small selection of his canon. I cast him in a Morse fan fiction novel called ‘low hanging fruit’ as he fitted the part of a former SOE man well.
I have been a fan of Geoffrey Palmer for years. He had a fine comic deadpan delivery when it was called for in such series as “As Time Goes By.” Also he had the ability to play a complex villain as he did so effectively in “The Infernal Serpent.” However, he usually played proper often sympathetic characters. He was a complex performer indeed.
A massive fan of Geoffrey Palmer. ‘Infernal Serpent‘ is one of my favorite Morse episodes and his performance was understated excellence. I too, like your mum, was a huge fan of ‘As Time Goes By’ and was so glad to see both leads act together in ‘Mrs Brown‘ in more adversarial roles. There’s something to be said for being able to act with biting intelligence, reserved wit, and underlying warmth in just a few words but he could do that, bravo. Aloha, Mr Palmer and RIP.
What an exxtraordinary actor he was¡¡ Let’s keep his memorables performances in our memories for ever¡ Thank Chris¡¡ You’d done a remarkable job. By the way, it has been so difficult to get your book from Amazon to southAmerica. Now I will try to get to my kindle…fingers crossed¡¡