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?
Dempsey, the special branch officer, says the government is "still running about with a dustpan and brush after Cliveden." This is a reference to the Profumo scandal that took place when Government minister John Profumo met call girl Christine Keeler at Cliveden House in 1963. See more
In the final scene when Morse looks in the rear-view mirror and sees his older self (as played by John Thaw), a diesel (long-nose) Ford Transit pick-up is behind him. This has a pre-1963 (no year letter) registration. However the Transit was not produced until 1965. 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
Do Wah Diddy Diddy
Written by Jeff Barry
, Ellie Greenwich
Performed by Manfred Mann See more