Endeavour (2012)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  1 July 2012 (USA)
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Young Endeavour Morse joins Inspector Fred Thursday's investigation into the disappearance of a schoolgirl named Mary Tremlett.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Matus ...
Holly Ridley ...
Lisa Backwell ...
DS Arthur Lott
Dr. Rowan Stromming
Brian Lomax
Harry Kershaw ...
Miles Percival


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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Did You Know?


The comment by Mrs Crabbin, Morse's landlady, "This was Mr Bleaney's room. He stayed the whole time he was at the Bodleian" is a near-quote from Philip Larkin's poem "Mr Bleaney", apart from the substitution of "Bodleian" instead of "Bodies" (as in the car body plant at a car factory). See more »


A radio broadcast refers to a manuscript being "gifted" to the Bodleian Library. The use of "gift" as a verb did not become widespread until several decades later. The correct word would be "donated". See more »


[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 »


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Un bel di
from Madam Butterfly
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Sung by Janis Kelly
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Blown Away By Endeavor Morse Prequel
7 October 2012 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I can add nothing new to the prior ten-star glowing reviews of the surprisingly satisfying young Endeavor Morse except to say that I am hanging on the edge of my seat hoping that this evolves into a series. I thought Shaun Evans showed amazing talent in his subtle and believable portrayal of young Morse. His sensitivity and depth and solitude were a fine introduction to the Morse he would become later, before life made him more impatient and sarcastic. The rest of the cast all gave stellar performances....there wasn't one character that I felt was a reach in any way. The connections to his Oxford past brought the original Morse series come full circle for me. Beautifully done! More, please!

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