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