Endeavour (2012– )
7 user 2 critic


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



(characters), (written and devised by)

Watch Now

With Prime Video





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Rees ...
Will Featherstone ...
Phillip Madison
Geoffrey Streatfeild ...
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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

14 July 2013 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The tense and ambivalent relationship between Morse and psychiatrist Dr. Cronyn is reminiscent of the relationship between Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Thomas Harris's novel, "Red Dragon", which had been twice filmed by the time this episode of "Endeavour" was first shown. Cronyn's name may be a reference to the writer A.J. Cronin, who was also a doctor, whilst the murder of Ben Nimmo by walling him up alive in a basement probably alludes to Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Cask Of Amontillado". See more »


As Morse and his colleagues are looking at the sheet music of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera as part of their investigation, the name of the composer in Russian is misspelled on the cover page. The title of the opera is misleading as well: it reads Snezhnaya Koroleva, which means Snow Queen in Russian. However, the real title of the opera is Snegurochka - Vesennyaya Skazka. Snegurochka, correctly referred to as such by Morse, is a Russian fairy tale character that has nothing whatsoever in common with a Snow Queen (no such character exists in Russian folklore, by the way). The opera's title is habitually translated into English as The Snow Maiden - A Spring Fairy Tale. 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 ...
See more »


References The Singing Detective (1986) See more »


Piano Sonata in C# Minor Op 27 No 2
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by John-Paul Gandy
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Wonderful episode
24 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Endeavour is shaping up to beat the original episodes of Morse. This one has a story ideally tailored to Morse with crossword clues and opera. This might seem hackneyed but it works very well and is satisfying and clear. The scenes filmed on the roofs at Trinity College are exciting. Best of all is the father-son relationship that is growing up between Morse and Thursday. It is genuinely touching, particularly at the close of the episode, before the famous theme music comes in. Shaun Evans is excellent in the role of Morse, even though his appearance, voice and general demeanour make it impossible to imagine him ever turning into anything resembling John Thaw.

(Questionable aspects of the show are the extremely clichéd you're-off- the-case boss, played by Anton Lesser, and the friendly and helpful Constable Strange, who it's hard to imagine becoming the you're-off-the-case-matey boss of Morse's later years. Also, would a music lover like Morse slam down the lid of his record player while it was playing an expensive LP? However, these are minor quibbles.)

It's great. Watch it.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page