Sadly, I have to report another death in the Morse Universe. Though Chris Burt will be unknown to many people he was an integral part of the Morse Universe. Chris Burt was born in Hong Kong in 1942. He died November 2020.
Chris Burt and Colin Dexter in the Natural History Museum. Oxford.
Chris Burt became a producer on the Inspector Morse series in 1988, the year when the fourth series was filmed. He then produced the episodes of the seventh series and then the subsequent five specials; The Way Through the Woods, Daughters of Cain, Death is Now my Neighbour, The Wench is Dead and The Remorseful Day.
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Chris Burt with Colin Dexter.
Chris then went on to produce all of the Lewis series. Chris produced some of the shows that John Thaw starred in, notably Stanley and the Women and Goodnight Mister Tom and he also produced the documentary about the life of John Thaw in 2002, The John Thaw Story.
Chris Burt and Colin Dexter walking together.
Chris Burt was the editor of the pilot episode of The Sweeney, that starred John Thaw, as well as being editor of the two movies based on the popular TV series; The Sweeney and The Sweeney 2.
Here are two short videos of Chris Burt filmed during filming of the Lewis series in 2011. These can be found on the PBS site.
Chris Burt talking about Lewis’s grief in the Lewis series.
Chris answering fan questions.
Laurence Fox wrote on his Twitter feed, “Chris Burt was the naughtiest, sharpest and the most deeply allergic to boring people (his eyes would roll) producer ever. Most of all he was naughty and so much fun. Thank you for the 10 years you made me laugh. Good night dear friend.”
Kevin Whately, Chris Burt and Laurence Fox on set.
Thank you Chris for being part of the Morse Universe and helping to make it a great place. R.I.P.
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