Friday, January 12, 2024

Crossover TV Episode: Quartet


In this episode of Endeavour, Endeavour Morse investigates the murder of a contestant at an international event for the game show It’s a Knockout! The French team is from St.-Josse-des-Bois, a small town in the Pas-de-Calais. The victim was a postal clerk in Werfen, Bavaria. Chief Superintendent Bright says, “Good god! It’s a machete-wielding West Indian with a distinctive facial scar we’re trying to find. In Oxford! It’s not the Scarlet Pimpernel.” Morse passes an ad for Grimsby Pilchards. It’s a Knockout! was a real show. St.-Josse-des-Bois is the setting of the four-episode series Monsignor Renard, co-written by Endeavour creator Russell Lewis and starring John Thaw, who played the older Endeavour Morse on Inspector Morse. Werfen is a real town in Salzburg, Austria, but the movie Where Eagles Dare placed it in Bavaria, Germany. We can assume there are two towns in different countries named Werfen. The Scarlet Pimpernel is from Baroness Orczy’s novels. Grimsby Pilchards are from “The Bowmans,” an episode of the television series Hancock. Morse passed ads for the Pilchards in two previous episodes.

This crossover is one of hundreds covered in my book Crossovers Expanded: A Secret Chronology of the World Volume 3, which will be published by Meteor House! All three volumes are AUTHORIZED companions to Win Scott Eckert's Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volumes 1 and 2!

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