Another Star of the Morse Universe has Died: Charles Beeson Who Directed The Morse Episode, Death is Now My Neighbour.

Hello everyone and welcome to a new post and sadly it is to report the death of Charles Beeson who directed one of the most liked episodes of the original Morse series, Death is Now My Neighbour. He passed away on died 26 April 2021.

The episode Death is Now My Neighbour is an episode that is always in my top ten favourite Morse episodes. In fact in my post, ‘What Are Your ‘Comfort’ (Food) Episodes From The Morse Universe’ Death is Now My Neighbour was included in that top ten. (Click HERE to read that post on comfort episodes). The episode of course included Roger Allam as Denis Cornford who would become Fred Thursday in the Morse prequel, Endeavour.

The reason it is such a well liked episode is in part to Charles Beeson’s flowing and non intrusive directing. Charles never allowed his direction to interfere or distract from the plot and the story that needed to be told. But, his directorial ability is for all to see in the Morse episode.

Charles also directed John Thaw in seven episodes in the series Kavanagh QC.

Here are  two scenes from the episode. Watch for the way Charles brings the camera down between Morse and Lewis to frame Sir Clixby Bream (Richard Briers) between a rock and a hard place. Sir Clixby Bream’s options are being narrowed to such a position he cannot escape from.

Up next is the lovely scene between Morse and Adele.

 

Thank you Charles for making the Morse Universe a much better place. I’m sure all Morse fans’ thoughts are with your family and friends.

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Author: Chris Sullivan

After having looked after my mum for some 11 years she is now unfortunately in a nursing home. I'm afraid her dementia worsened as did her physical capabilities. UPDATE: My mum died from Covid-19 on the 6th May 2020. So, for the first time in 21 years I find myself no longer caring for anyone. Apart from my mum I was also a single parent to two children and also looked after my dad who had Alzheimers, (he died in 2005). So, I have decided to return to University to try and get another degree this time in English Literature. (My other degree I got some 30 years ago is one in Ecological Science). After a year at college I have passed all grades and now will start Edinburgh University in September 2019. I am now in second year having passed all the requirements in first year.

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  1. I totally missed the significance of that shot of Bream, trapped between Morse and Lewis–thanks for pointing it out! Agreed, it was brilliant

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