Endeavour (2012– )
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When an unknown man plummets to his death, Morse unearths secrets in the very bowels of the university and far beyond the city.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nigel Cooke ...
Walter Fisher
Kitty Batten
William Mannering ...
Dr. Malcolm Speight
Bernard Yelland
Dorothea Frazil
Barbara Batten
Archie Batten
Nick Waring ...
Force Medical Examiner
Muriel Todd
Tony Frisco
Win Thursday


Four months after being shot Morse returns to work and witnesses a pageant, held to mark nine hundred years of history, disrupted by two events. The first is when feminist Kitty, daughter of prospective MP Barbara Batten, sprays beauty queen Diana Day with red paint, the second when an unknown man falls to his death from a roof. Initially deemed a suicide he has a host of fake identity cards and has scrawled a message in a motel notebook, D DAY FRIDAY 98018. When Bernard Yelland comes to Oxford in search of his runaway step-daughter Frida, Morse believes that FRIDAY actually reads FRIDA Y whilst D DAY could also signify Diana Day though a diversion from these mysteries is provided by the burglary of the Wolvercote Trove from the local museum. The dead man is a London-based private detective, Pettifer, who is not above blackmailing his clients and is possibly involved in the burglary though this is later disproved. Morse meanwhile works out the significance of the figures and exposes ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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29 June 2014 (USA)  »

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When Morse tells DeBryn the victim was a dentist, the doctor says he's "seen better gnashers running at Uttoxeter", which is a horse racing track in an English town of the same name. See more »


Mr Yelland tells Morse that he met Frida's widowed mother, Elspeth, in London, where he had moved to look for work; he and Frida had moved back to Wantage after Elspeth's death so that they might be closer to his family. However, the telegram from the War Office notifying Elspeth of her husband's death, that Frida had kept in her mother's keepsake box, was sent to an address in Oxford, not in London. See more »


[first lines]
Diana Day: It gives me great pleasure to launch Berridges' Spring into Summer fashion collection.
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References Inspector Morse: The Infernal Serpent (1990) See more »


Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras (Behold, all flesh is as the grass)
from "Ein deutsches Requiem, op. 45"
Written by Johannes Brahms
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The ending underwhelms, but the rest of the episode captivates
4 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

Having recently been, and just finished being, on a roll reviewing all the episodes of 'Lewis', which generally was very enjoyable before having some disappointments later on, it occurred to me to do the same for 'Inspector Morse's' (one of my favourites for over a decade, and all the episodes were also reviewed in my first year on IMDb eight years ago) prequel series 'Endeavour'.

As said in my review for the entire show two years ago, 'Endeavour' is not just a more than worthy prequel series to one of my favourite detective dramas of all time and goes very well with it, but it is a great series on its own as well. It maintains everything that makes 'Inspector Morse' so good, while also containing enough to make it its own, and in my mind 'Inspector Morse', 'Lewis' and 'Endeavour' go perfectly well together.

Was very impressed by the pilot episode, even with a very understandable slight finding-its-feet feel (that is true of a lot of shows, exceptions like 'Morse' itself, 'A Touch of Frost' and 'Midsomer Murders', which started off great and were remarkably well established, are fairly few. The first episode of the first season "Girl" was a very welcome return, a fine episode in its own right and was even better. Morse's personality is more established with more obvious recognisable personality quirks and generally things feel more settled. Then there was "Fugue", which to me is one of the best episodes of 'Endeavour', while "Rocket" and "Home" just as good.

Even with an appreciatively darker tone than the first season, Season 2 starts very well with "Trove". To me it was let down somewhat by the ending, which was rather far-fetched and over-complicated with explanations that feel rushed or unsatisfyingly resolved.

However, the production values in "Trove" cannot be faulted. The episode is exquisitely photographed and there is something very nostalgic and charming about the atmospherically evoked 1960s period detail. It was also a genius move to keep Barrington Pheloung on board, with his hauntingly beautiful scoring and immortal 'Inspector Morse' theme, and while the use of music isn't as ingenious as it was in "Fugue" for example it's hugely effective still.

Writing, even for so early on, is every bit as intelligent, entertaining and tense as the previous episodes and as the best of 'Morse'. The story has tension, a good deal going on and little feels improbable or too obvious while being suitably complicated. There are plenty of red herrings and twists here, without being cluttered. Morse's struggles with coming back to work is very sensitively handled.

Loved all the 'Inspector Morse' references, like Morse's leg injury mirroring John Thaw's real life limp, seeing a younger Matthew Copley Barnes from "The Infernal Serpent", a younger Strange well before becoming superintendent, a younger Max, the antagonistic relationship with the masons seen in "Masonic Mysteries" and the Wolvercote Trove reminding one of "The Wolvercote Tongue". However, those not so familiar to 'Morse' or new to 'Endeavour' will find plenty to enjoy, and while the pilot and first season are more accessible in tone they will still appreciate the darker route "Trove" and most of Season 2 takes.

Relationship between Morse and Thursday, which is like a father/son sort of chemistry, is entertaining and heartfelt with so much warmth. The pacing is restrained, but that allows the atmosphere to come through, and pretty much all the same it excels in that aspect. The characters are interesting, lead and supporting, with Morse displaying more recognisable character quirks with each episode and as aforementioned it is impossible not to love his relationship with Thursday.

Shaun Evans as ever does some powerful, charismatic work as younger Morse, showing enough loyalty to John Thaw's iconic Morse while making the character his own too. Roger Allam is also superb, his rapport with Evans always compels and entertains but Thursday is quite a sympathetic character, as well as loyal and firm, and Allam does a lot special with a role that could have been less interesting possibly in lesser hands. All the acting is very good, Anton Lesser has always been fine to me as Bright, the character and performance more sympathetic than usual, while Sean Rigby does a nice job as Strange and James Bradshaw would make Peter Woodthorpe proud. Abigail Thaw (John Thaw's own daughter) makes a more than welcome return, and the supporting cast, especially David Westhead and Jonathan Coy, are strong.

In conclusion, was let down by the ending but loved the rest of the episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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