Hello fellow Morsonians, Lewisians and Endeavourists. I hope you and your families are well physically as well as mentally.
Here we are at the last stream of 2020, the film from 2002, The John Thaw Story. On January 10th, 2021 we will see the start of the Sunday Night Endeavour Club.
Remember you don’t have to join Twitch to watch but you do have to join to chat.
I have updated the times below in correspondence to the clocks going back for the USA, Canada and elsewhere.
Join me and many others at https://www.twitch.tv/morselewisendeavour
I hope to see many of you there. Bring your favourite drink and snack.
And last but not least please think about buying my book on the Lewis TV series. It is available in paperback and a Kindle version on Amazon..
VERY IMPORTANT: For all those outside the UK you should be aware that on Sunday the UK BST will end and we will be on GMT. This means that the clocks went back one hour. I will adjust the times on Sunday.
Thank you Nate for the updates regarding times below.
Hopefully the times I have below are accurate. If not, let me know.
For the USA:
8pm in the UK is 3pm in New York.
8pm in the UK is 2pm in Chicago.
8pm in the UK is Midday in California.
8pm in the UK is 11am in Alaska
8pm in the UK is 10am in Hawaii.
8pm in the UK is 1pm in Phoenix
For elsewhere the times are;
Canadian Time Zones.
8pm in the UK is 4.30pm in Newfoundland Daylight Time.
8pm in the UK is 4pm in Atlantic Daylight Time, Halifax, NS, Canada.
8pm in the UK is 2pm Central Daylight Time, Winnipeg.
8pm in the UK is 2pm in Central Standard Time, Regina.
8pm in the UK is 1pm Mountain Daylight Time, Edmonton.
8pm in the UK is Midday in Pacific Daylight Time, Vancouver.
8pm in the UK is 9pm in Italy.
8pm in the UK is 5pm in Argentina and Chile.
If there are other time zones you think I should add please let me know.
Hope all this helps.
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Not only can you enjoy watching the episode but you can chat (via text box) with other Lewis fans. Some people who have watched the episodes on the live stream have said that they have not only learned more about the episodes but come to appreciate episodes they had previously disliked.
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I hope to see many of you there for a fun time at what has become known as the Sunday Night Morse Club.
Thank you for doing this Chris–can you tell us roughly how long this program is? Thanks
About an hour Maria.
Chris, thanks for another enjoyable session.
The versions of the “John Thaw Story” that I emailed you about are the ones on Youtube and dailymotion, which are identical. I’m guessing one of these is the one you had spotted earlier and which you recorded for the session. I haven’t found any different versions.
I do have another documentary. It’s titled “The Last Morse” (Carlton TV Ltd, 2000), and it was included in the DVD set, “Inspector Morse: The Remorseful Day Collection Set” (Nov. 2005), along with the last 4 episodes. The documentary opens with the scene from “Service of All the Dead” where Ruth asks Morse what his name is. The closing is from “Death Is Now My Neighbor” when Morse finally reveals his first name to Lewis and Adele.
Within the first 2 minutes, there’s an amusing anecdote about the Queen’s visit to Washington DC and her reaction to the mention of Morse.
I’m not completely sure about the title. “The Last Morse” is definitely on the first title card shown (about 2 minutes into the documentary), but on the DVD menu it may be titled “The Story of Morse” or even something else.
If you don’t have it and are interested, email me and we can arrange getting it to you.
Hi Nate. I have also watched the documentary, “The Last Morse”, you mentioned above. It was one of three documentaries, that came with “The Complete Inspector Morse”, DVD, I bought four and a half years ago. Chris has kindly streamed two of those on Twitch this year, and they were of course, “Rest in Peace”, shown in January, and “The Mystery of Morse”, which we watched a couple of weeks ago. The third documentary, “The Last Morse”, was similar in style to “The Mystery of Morse”, albeit this one was created in 2000, rather than 1993. It was made in the aftermath of the final ever Morse episode, “The Remorseful Day”, and it was a celebration of the series, as it concluded its 33- episode, 13- year run. As we know, in 1993, many thought the Morse series had finalised then, hence the earlier documentary, but fortunately, there would still be five one-off annual specials to come, that brought the show to an end.
Hi Chris. Thanks for kindly streaming this interesting documentary. I mentioned during last night’s Twitch session, that after John Thaw sadly passed away, his widow, Sheila Hancock, had decided to find out for herself, what had caused the terrible departure of John’s mother. At the tender age of 7, John, and his brother, Ray, who was only 5, had seen their mother desert or abandon them, which meant their father, who was a long-distance lorry driver, was seemingly, the only left to look after them.
In an article from the Guardian online in 2004, Sheila Hancock speaks about her life with John Thaw, as her book “The Two of Us”, was published during that week. Here is a little extract from that article.
“Hancock researched John’s life as if he were a stranger and became engrossed: ‘I almost forgot it was John,’ She found out about his working-class childhood in Manchester (she grows up beside him, in alternate chapters, in her own happier working-class family in King’s Cross, London and suburban Bexleyheath, Kent). Sheila and John’s parallel lives continue as they get into Rada (at different times). Sheila describes John’s hilarious audition as Richard III in a teddy boy suit. ‘Mercifully,’ she reflected, ‘the panel had been shrewd enough to see the potential of the strange lad.’
“John was a strange lad, known in the neighbourhood as ‘the boy with the grey vest and no underpants’. He had a coconut of which he was inexplicably fond. But he had reason to be unusual. His mother had walked out on him and his brother when he was seven. ‘He was polluted by what happened to him all his life.’ He never forgave his mother. Sheila has more than forgiven her. She has tried to understand her. Oddly, it was seeing John’s mother’s furniture that was the breakthrough. Sheila’s voice became excited as she recalled: ‘It was when I saw these two shiny, garish cocktail cabinets. And a terrible converted lamp with a gold silk shade. I thought, I know this woman. This woman was John. This woman was a star. And life shat on her. She was all alone in a godawful house with two whining kids. She thought she could go off with this glitzy guy – because she was sparky, full of life. I could see where she was coming from. I thought I must put in a word for her somehow.’
The full web page link, which I used to extract this little piece above, is:
Whether Sheila Hancock’s book reveals any more information, on why John’s mother left her husband and two sons, I don’t know? However, it appears that Sheila discovered information, which allowed her to be more compassionate and understanding, of why John’s mother, made that drastic, and on the face of it, shocking decision.
Sorry, I missed out the word “one”, in my last comment, above. For example, “Their father, who was a long-distance lorry driver, was seemingly, the only (one) left to look after them”.