The sudden death of a secretarial student and the shooting of a doctor appear unconnected, but Morse suspects otherwise.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Denis Bradley
Margaret Bell
Will Richards ...
Brian Powell
Dominic Taylor ...
Dr. Frank Cartwright
Derek Clark
Wallace Clark
Sophie Stuckey ...
Pamela Walters
Jonathan Guy Lewis ...
Rev Monkford
Helen Cartwright
John Flanagan ...
Mr. Greaves


Oxford in the 1960s :- Shabby but sharp young detective constable Morse comes to work with the experienced D.I. Thursday and is perplexed by the death of twenty-year old Margaret Bell from a supposed heart attack. Then Dr Cartwright,partner of her G.P. Bill Prentice,is shot dead. The widow,Helen,and her father Professor Sloan have another problem with her younger sister,the unstable epileptic Pamela,whose child they mind. Morse also finds a connection between Margaret's boyfriend and his tutor,Sloan,who has been receiving letters terming him a murderer. Furthermore the latest victim of a spate of Post Office robberies seems to have been involved with Cartwright in supplying illegal drugs to the likes of Margaret. Reactionary chief superintendent Bright disapproves of Morse's maverick sleuthing and wants him off the case but Morse uses his love of puzzles and former experience with code breaking at the Royal Signal Corps to draw all the threads together and solve the case. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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When Dr. DeBryn says "Hope springs eternal in the human breast/Man never is, but always to be blessed" he is quoting Alexander Pope's An Essay on Man. See more »


Morse finds a bottle of pills named digoxin near the girl who has a heart attack and asks her doctor what they are for and the doctor says they are "deadly nightshade" or "digitalis" for her heart problem. Digitalis is actually derived from foxgloves and deadly nightshade is the basis of "bella donna" which is a poison, hence its name. See more »


DI Fred Thursday: [after catching Morse questioning Pamela, who is then arrested] Don't you ever stop? What's the matter with you? You've been returned to general duties. What are you about, coming round here?
DC Endeavour Morse: I think Pamela was having an affair with her brother-in-law.
DI Fred Thursday: [surprised] You do? Then I'm obliged. I was just going to question her in order to keep Mr. Bright happy. I couldn't think of a motive until now.
DC Endeavour Morse: What motive?
DI Fred Thursday: Crime of passion. Never mind it was her brother-in-law she was carrying on with.
DC Endeavour Morse: [...]
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References Gideon C.I.D. (1964) See more »


C Minor Mass
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W A Mozart)
Performed by Sarah-Jane Brandon
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excellent story
24 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I still can't connect Shaun Evans with John Thaw's Morse, but this is a very good series featuring the young Morse (Evans).

"Girl" takes place at Oxford when Morse was a young but very smart pup. He seems resented by the force, except for his superior D.I. Thursday (Fred Allam) who recognizes Morse's talent.

Morse investigates the death of a young woman, Margaret Bell, from a heart attack, backed up by the fact that she had a heart condition and was on medication for it. That might have been the end of it, but then the partner of her doctor, a Dr. Cartwright, is shot dead.

On visiting the Cartwright family, Morse finds Cartwright's widow, the widow's father, her grandson, and her sister Pamela, an epileptic. The family has taken over care of Pamela's son, to the extent that she can't even take the boy for a visit.

Morse's investigation leads to a supplier of illegal drugs, who was seeing Margaret, a vicar with an interesting past, and a scientist involved in war work who is getting hate letters calling him a murderer. Meanwhile, the chief superintendent doesn't like Morse's work and wants him off the case.

Shaun Evans is an excellent actor and seems immersed in the character of Endeavor Morse; however, as far as linking this young man and his bizarre accent to the irascible Morse is, for me anyway, a stretch. Brilliant, well read, observant, Endeavor is all these things as was the older Morse but I see little of the older man's personality.

Nevertheless, it's a well-done series with, so far, very good scripts.

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