Endeavour (2012– )
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Pilot 

Young Endeavour Morse joins Inspector Fred Thursday's investigation into the disappearance of a schoolgirl named Mary Tremlett.

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In Oxford, 1965, Endeavour Morse is a teetotaler and a classical music loving young constable who considers leaving the force after an unhappy affair but stays to join Inspector Thursday's investigation into the disappearance of schoolgirl Mary Tremlett. By deciphering a code based on crosswords in the local paper and Mary's poetry books, Morse deduces that Mary was meeting a lover and leads Thursday to the site of her murder. Following the suicide of Mary's boyfriend, student Miles Percival, Morse meets Miles' tutor, Dr. Stromming, the crossword setter who was seeing Mary but had an alibi for the murder. DS Lott, jealous of Thursday's regard for Morse's sharpness, attempts to incriminate Miles but then the police learn that Mary and other girls were paid to attend orgies by creepy car dealer Teddy Samuels, who has Lott in his pocket, as well as other worthies. As a result, both Thursday (a great mentor who also introduces the young constable to real ale) and Morse are carpeted. Morse... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Trivia

The "suicide" Miles Percival lived in Jericho. This is a reference to the first ever Inspector Morse TV episode Inspector Morse: The Dead of Jericho (1987). See more »

Goofs

When DC McLeash comes into Morse's room to invite him for a drink, he switches Morse's record-player off at the mains switch to get his attention. When McLeash has finished talking to Morse, he switches it back on again and it carries on playing immediately, exactly where it left off. This would not happen with a record-player. At the very least the pitch would increase as the record got up to speed; in addition, if it was a valve rather than transistor amplifier there would be a delay while the valve filaments warmed up again. See more »

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[first lines]
BBC Announcer: Good morning, everyone. It's six o'clock on Sunday morning and the BBC Light Programme is beginning another day's broadcasting.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! broadcast (though not the original ITV broadcast), some letters are shown in red... these spell out L-O-N-S-D-A-L-E, the name of a fictional Oxford college associated with Morse. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Endeavour: Fugue (2013) See more »

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Endeavour Theme
Performed by L'orchestra Cinematique
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3 January 2012 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This was a very enjoyable film - and surely the curtain-raiser for a series. The mystery was exactly the type of slightly preposterous story that the John Thaw's Morse routinely solved, and the older cast members were a solidly reliable group of familiar faces in familiar roles, such as Patrick Malahide as a slimy upper-class person. Roger Allam was very good as the experienced detective who backs Morse.

Does Shaun Evans make the grade? He has a tough act to follow. I think he just about does. If we had never seen John Thaw as Morse, there could be nothing but applause for his performance as the clever, but still somewhat unsure, young detective. I am well aware that, in interviews, actors speak with horror of imitating anybody. They always say they want to make the role "their own". Hm. Personally, I wish Evans had done a bit more imitating. For one thing, I think we needed a bit more of the casual exasperated arrogance of Morse and less of the eager puppy.

There were two moving moments for me: when he tells the opera singer how listening to her taught him that there is beauty in the world and when he looks into the rear view mirror just before the credits roll (I won't say more).

It is great that Max the grumpy pathologist is already in action, and the actor is very good in the part.

One niggle: Morse insists that he doesn't drink - until he is ordered to have a beer after fainting - whereupon he instantly starts guzzling the stuff like a binge drinker. A small niggle, but a bit crass.

Overall it was very good and I thoroughly recommend it.


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