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
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DI Thursday's car is a black 1959 Jaguar Mark 1, registration UFF 325, uprated during later restoration from its original 2.4 engine to a 3.8 engine taken from an S-Type Jaguar. See more
When we first see Morse, he is typing a document. The camera shows a close-up of the page as he types the word "tender". The centre of each letter is fuzzy, as if the ribbon is being pressed onto the paper even by the hollows of the letters, and there is a ghost image of each letter, as if the type bars have bounced on the paper and made a second impression close to the first one. However when Morse then rolls the page a few inches out of the typewriter and we see the sentences that he has been typing, these blemishes are not present. See more
Good morning, everyone. It's six o'clock on Sunday morning and the BBC Light Programme is beginning another day's broadcasting.
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
Spun-off from Inspector Morse
Un bel di
from Madam Butterfly
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Sung by Janis Kelly See more