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?
The bus we see driving in the rain at the start of the film is going to "Woodstock". This references the first novel that Colin Dexter
wrote: "Last Bus To Woodstock". Here, it is the first bus to Woodstock. See more
Mary Tremlett's death is put at 8:16(pm) Saturday because a watch was found with its face smashed - however when DS Lott holds the watch up to examine it the watch is showing a time of 10:05. To be fair you can only really see this if it's "paused" on a DVD. 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
Un bel di
from Madam Butterfly
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Sung by Janis Kelly See more