Review Gem Wheeler 1 Apr 2014 - 07:00
The new series of Endeavour
maintains the tricky balance between satisfying Morse fans and drawing in new viewers...
This review contains spoilers.
Behind each of the cases solved by the young Endeavour
Morse in 1960s Oxford lies a bigger mystery, one that taxes the audience’s puzzle-solving skills even as the detective remains blissfully unaware of the need to crack it. It is, of course, the enigma of Morse himself. John Thaw
’s iconic portrayal of Colin Dexter
’s dour, embittered yet thoroughly decent detective needs no real introduction, but Morse’s past exists for us only in outline: a broken engagement, a difficult Oxford career, an abiding resentment of the top brass who obstructed him at every turn.Endeavour
’s first series established Shaun Evans
as a fine Morse, well able to capture the character’s established idiosyncrasies while making the role his own.