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 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
The story is set in 1965, but the row of cars shown parked outside Oxford when Morse is explaining how the murder was committed includes a blue Series 2 E-Type Jaguar - the uncovered headlamps and wide front grille can clearly be seen - which would not have been made until 1969 at the earliest. The car is fitted with a fake A-suffix number plate, denoting 1963 as the apparent year of registration. 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
Followed by Endeavour
Un bel di
from Madam Butterfly
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Sung by Janis Kelly See more