Endeavour (2012– )
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The strangulation of a married woman and the poisoning of an elderly botanist lead Morse to bring a serial killer to justice.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Grace Madison
Laura Rees ...
Faye Madison
Will Featherstone ...
Phillip Madison
Geoffrey Streatfeild ...
Dr. Daniel Cronyn
Roy Adamson
Gerry Olderby
Evelyn Balfour
Lionel Balfour


Unfaithful housewife Evelyn Balfour and elderly botanist Grace Madison are both murdered in the style of operatic heroines with the words of the characters' final arias being left at the scenes of crime. Psychiatrist Daniel Cronyn is brought in and informs the police that they are dealing with a serial killer. He believes it might be Keith Miller, a former patient of his who was a musical prodigy. A third murder at the killer's apparent hide-out reveals a press cutting that suggests that Morse is one of several victims that have been lined up. Ultimately Morse and Thursday find themselves unwittingly re-enacting the second act of 'Tosca' on a roof-top as they bring the killer to justice. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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14 July 2013 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


At this point Morse had yet to acquire his well-known fear of heights, or he would have been unable to traverse the wall beneath the roof. See more »


The railway yard where Evelyn Balfour's body is found features various items of rolling stock. Her body is in a dilapidated old wagon and we're told its ready to be scrapped The problem this scene is in the early 1960s and the wagon is a standard British Railways type built as recently as the 1950s, too soon for it to look so decrepit. Some of the coaches in the yard also suffer from the same problem, they look old and worn out but none of them can be more than 10 years old in the context of the story. See more »


[first lines]
Dorothea Frazil: Constable Morse, I loved your singing. Dorothea Frazil. Oxford Mail; we met briefly on the Tremlett case.
DC Endeavour Morse: Oh, I remember you. Of course.
Dorothea Frazil: It's a good angle; the singing detective. It's better than the one I've got presently.
DC Endeavour Morse: I've no wish to see my name in the papers, Miss Frazil.
Dorothea Frazil: Look, covering for the local arts correspondent's never going to win me the Pulitzer; just give me a quote. I'll see there's something in it for you.
DC Endeavour Morse: Any such recompense would leave us both open to charges ...
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References Endeavour: Pilot (2012) See more »


Flower Duet
Composed by Léo Delibes
[from Lakmé]
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Good on mystery, accents confusing as well as plot
17 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode was full of loud opera music which Morse loves.

He connects murders of people to different music operas and finds puzzles linking them. The people murdered were killed violently and in an unusual way.

The episode it good but very confusing. The accents of the Shawn/Morse is at times hard to understand but his boss is okay. It has a lot of mystery and scary moments in the episode. It runs over 2 hours.

The ending is a surprise. The characters are not easy to identify because they don't always call them by name when they interview them and then later you don't know who was who.

By the time it got through I watching it I was exhausted. I felt they dragged the story on which would have been good for a 1 hr episode.

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