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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Did You Know?
Early in the story, Morse is told to go and interview a witness in Jericho, which is a suburb of Oxford. However, in the next scene we see him knocking on a door near Oriel College in the centre of the city asking to see the witness. See more
DI Fred Thursday
What you've got to ask is: where do you see yourself in twenty years?
[Morse looks in the rear-view mirror of Thursday's car. His reflection is replaced briefly by an image of John Thaw as the older Inspector Morse
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
Do Wah Diddy Diddy
Written by Jeff Barry
, Ellie Greenwich
Performed by Manfred Mann See more