I have always been a huge fan of British mysteries, ever since I was very young. It was something we watched every Saturday on PBS - and it's funny, we still do. :)
One of my favorites has always been Inspector Morse. There was something about the mystery of him, the way he solved a mystery, the way he put his heart on his sleeve and his love of classical music that always made me want to know more. His series ended with Morse and Lewis (his partner) having a beer at a table outside of a pub, overlooking some water.
A few years later, Lewis had his own show - and his partner was a man named Hathaway, who had once been studying religion and in the seminary. Again, there was the mystery - this time the mystery of Hathaway. Lewis was a much loved character in our household and watching him, in the end, finally get the girl (the girl he very obviously loved after his wife died somewhere between the end of Inspector Morse and the beginning of Lewis). And his series ended just as Morse's did - in the same location, this time with Lewis and Hathaway enjoying the same loving moment that Morse and Lewis had shared so long before.
And now, we have Endeavour, the story of Morse before he became the Morse we knew and loved. I didn't watch it when it first came out. I was worried to have it ruined for me. We ended up watching it on Amazon (the first season) and loved it. It was wonderful the way that they answered all of those questions that we were always wondering - and left some still open (hopefully to be answered in the upcoming seasons). The guy that plays him did an amazing job. The characters that continued through into the Inspector Morse series - it was great seeing the beginning of their relationships when they were young, especially the guy who works in the morgue (always one of my favorites, especially the way that he spoke to and handled Morse). Afterwards, we went back and watched the movie (which actually occurred before the series started - they got such an out-crying of love from the public that they decided to continue on) and it was very good. My favorite part - at the end, when he looks in the rearview mirror, and sees his face, the face he had during the Inspector Morse series. It brought tears to my eyes. I can't wait until Season 2.