...that coincidences of casting in TV programmes and films are in fact very meaningful. For example, Tom Barnaby, him out of Midsomer Murders
, was played by John Nettles - who also played Jim Bergerac
, him out of, well, Bergerac
. Which must mean - according to the theory - that actually, Tom Barnaby is, in fact, Jim Bergerac, presumably on some sort of bizarre police protection scheme where he's changed his location from Le Bureau des Étrangers in Jersey to Causton CID in the crime capital of the country that is Midsomer, changed his name, been promoted to DCI, but stayed basically in the same career, i.e. working for the police. Now, you may, should you choose, mock this theory, but who played Tom Barnaby's former girlfriend in one episode of Midsomer Murders
? I rest my case.
Now, the Inspector Morse
-verse already has form in this department (Morse himself is obviously Jack Regan
having developed a taste for real ale, opera and crosswords, bought a nice posh Jaguar, and relocated to Oxford, although quite what the prequel Endeavour
does to this theory I'm not sure...but you can probably work out a consistent Grand Unified Theory of Morse, and extra points if you shoehorn Sergeant John Mann
in there as well).
Anyhew, to the point...I just found myself wondering, catching up with last week's episode of Lewis
(having missed it due to being Unavoidably Away in Cornwall last Friday), what we can make of the fact that Anna Carteret (Inspector Kate Longton off of Juliet Bravo
) turned up in the latest story, Entry Wounds
. At least Longton was on one of the more sensible
police protection schemes, which involved a change of career as well as changes of name and location...