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Spode was Hanged?
« on: February 26, 2018, 09:54:23 AM »
So I was watching  Endeavour last night, the 1960s nostalgia prequel series to Morse and Lewis. The plot was about a murder on an army base, and among the umpteen red-herring subplots we had Twiggy-esque models, protestors protesting a colour-bar at a hairdressers, police racism and aging 1930s British fascists (yeah, Endeavour is always like this, a million things going on so you have no chance of guessing who the killer is).

Anyway there was a point where Morse and his boss Thursday interview some aristocratic lady muck, whose husband had back in the day been a bigwig among the BUF. Thursday, being a WWII veteran at one point loses his rag with the old cow and her flippant and unrepentant continuing support of fascism. Talking about her now-deceased husband he then says something along the lines of,


"...he should have been hanged, along with Spode and the rest of them!"



Wait, what? Spode? Roderick Spode? Amateur dictator and leader of the Black Shorts? So from this we can conclude that Morse lives in the same universe as Bertie Wooster(!), and that Spode eventually danced the Tyburn jig?

Blimey. I thought that was a lovely little throwaway touch in the episode. I was laughing about that so much that I completely lost track of the whodunnit (which doesn't really ever matter with Endeavour, as it is always so convoluted anyway).

Heil Spode!
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Re: Spode was Hanged?
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2018, 04:58:05 PM »
Nice spot. Not seen the TV show mentioned.

However, in a  megagame game universe I've umpired in Spode died leading a ill-advised counterattack just outside Doncaster. It inspired one of those angry Hitler from Downfall videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTGGU_9BIF8

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Re: Spode was Hanged?
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2018, 06:38:59 PM »
 :) Ha, you know I was entirely sick of those things a few years ago, but I think it has been long enough that they are no longer annoying.

"It's the skulls, isn't it?" feels like a Mitchell and Webb  reference. That "Are we the baddies?" sketch.  lol




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Re: Spode was Hanged?
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2018, 12:13:30 AM »
Very entertaining, S_P; never seen one of those videos before - thanks for introducing me to it/them.

I notice that last week’s Endeavour had a middle-aged model railway nerd who lived with his mum as the villain and this week the military history lecturer who “plays with toy soldiers” was the baddie (as soon as he appeared my wife said “it’s him”) and I seem to remember an episode of Morse that had a teenage D&D player as a murderer. We could do with a rerun of Callan to even things up😊

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Re: Spode was Hanged?
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2018, 01:35:28 AM »
Really interesting to know that Spode appears in Endeavour!

There was a couple in Coronation Street about 10 years ago called Spode too. Maybe some of the progeny lived on.

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Re: Spode was Hanged?
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2018, 06:48:38 AM »
We could do with a rerun of Callan to even things up😊

A guy who used torture and carried out extrajudicial killings is not really helping the image.

Any film with Peter Cushing is more of a positive; commanding the Death Star apart.

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Re: Spode was Hanged?
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2018, 09:26:09 AM »
Loved the clip, thanks for posting.

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Re: Spode was Hanged?
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2018, 09:49:52 AM »
A guy who used torture and carried out extrajudicial killings is not really helping the image.

Any film with Peter Cushing is more of a positive; commanding the Death Star apart.

 ;)

I think the “image” is lost beyond all redemption😊

Doug

 

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