An unpopular fitter is murdered during a royal visit at a family owned munitions factory.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Merry ...
Percy Malleson
Estella Broom
Lenny Frost
Johnny Broom
Reg Tracepurcel
Henry Broom
Alice Vexin
Crown Prince Nabil
Richard Broom
Joanna Cassidy ...
Brenda Grice


On the day an Arab trade delegation visits the Broom family's arms factory owner Henry Broom announces a proposed French merger,which his abrasive,estranged wife Nora opposes. Soon afterwards the corpse of unpopular workman Percy Malleson is discovered,the suggestion being that the Brooms used him to spy on the work-force after the suspension of employee Lenny Frost. Then Morse learns that Percy was actually Eustace Kendrick and he was investigating the disappearance of his girl-friend Olive Rix,who had been romantically involved with Harry,the now deceased elder son of the Brooms. However,following a second murder another suspect and motive come to Morse's attention. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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21 July 2013 (USA)  »

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Martin Jarvis also appeared in the 'Inspector Morse' episode 'Greeks Bearing Gifts'. See more »


[first lines]
Time Clerk: Morning.
Percy Malleson: Percy Malleson.
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References Inspector Morse: Dead on Time (1992) See more »


Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
[from Nabuko]
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Morse investigates murder and mayhem at a British factory
1 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When the police are put on security for Princess Margaret's visit to a munitions plant, they find not only a princess, but a murder, in "Endeavor: Rocket," an episode of the Endeavor series.

Endeavor, is, of course, Inspector Morse as a young man, just starting out, with only his supervisor (Roger Allam) on his side. The rest of them resent his intelligence and capability of crime-solving.

Princess Margaret is there for the unveiling of a new missile, supposedly being sold to the Middle East, which is also represented. The murdered man is named Malleson, a new and not very well-liked employee.

Turns out, the victim was involved in a murder that took place some years ago, which seems to also involve the family that owns the business. There is a suspect, but when he winds up murdered too, there's a problem.

There's also a little hint of romance for Morse, with an old school friend working at the plant. We find out that Morse had a past love that he may still be hung up on.

Because of the fact that a Royal was visiting on the day of the murder, the family is affluent, and Morse's big boss, Bright, is afraid of being blamed for any problems, he wants to close down the case. But Morse won't hear of it. "Aren't we supposed to uphold the Queen's Peace?" he asks. Justice is what is most important. "Not every question gets an answer," his supervisor tells him. But Morse won't accept it.

Great story - these are all excellent scripts. Shaun Evans is wonderful though as far as I'm concerned he's no young Morse. I have to separate the John Thaw character from this man. Nevertheless, this is a highly recommended series.

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