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Nocturne 

The death of an elderly gentleman with a specialism in heraldry and genealogy propels Morse to the Blythe Mount School for Girls.

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DS Peter Jakes
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Miss Victoria Danby
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Edwina Parrish
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Bunty Glossop
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Philippa Collins-Davidson
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Antonia Lockwood
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Stephanie Hackett
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Petra Briers
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Shelly Thengardi (as Emily Warren)
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Nahum Gardiner (as Michael J. Shannon)
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Tabby Gardiner
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Terence Black
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Joan Thursday
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DI Fred Thursday
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Elderly genealogist Adrian Weiss is murdered with an Indian ceremonial dagger in an Oxford museum. Other visitors that day were a party of school-girls from Blythe Mount school, where Morse goes, to find two teachers and seven girls staying there for the summer vacation. After he has left he finds a note reading 'Save Me' stuffed into his pocket. He learns that exactly a century earlier the school, then a private house, was the scene of the unsolved murders of the Blaise-Hamilton family, former owners of the dagger. Soon afterwards sensitive pupil Bunty disappears after hearing ghostly music played in the night. Headmistress Miss Symes tells Morse that the spectre of Charlotte Blaise-Hamilton is said to haunt the school and both Morse and teacher Miss Danby believe they have seen her. Morse contacts Stephen Fitzowen, who wrote a book about the murders and who reports that Weiss was keen to see him before he died and Fitzowen and Morse mount a ghost watch, during which there is another... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Trivia

At the beginning Morse walks by a large signboard featuring character Diana Day, a character from "Trove". She portrayed a beauty queen. See more »

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Stephen Fitzowen claims to have been recording supernatural phenomena with a portable tape recorder for over 40 years. Portable reel-to-reel tape recorders were not available until the late 1940s. This story is set in 1966. See more »

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DC Endeavour Morse: [Morse to Bunty] " 'Beware the Jabberwock.' What comes next?"
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References The Reptile (1966) See more »

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Wild Thing
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written by Chip Taylor
performed by The Troggs
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Generally one of the best 'Endeavour' episodes to date
4 July 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – 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 started very well with "Trove", which was also sadly let down by a far-fetched and over-complicated ending. "Nocturne" is one of the darkest 'Endeavour' episodes and also one of the creepiest, most suspenseful and poignant. It's not perfect, the scenes with Morse and his nurse neighbour are a little pointless (though am not going to denounce it for political-correctness) and the final twist does come a little out of the blue, though is much easier to digest and understand than the ending of "Trove".

"Nocturne's" production values once again are spot on. 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 the use of music is the most ingenious since "Fugue", adding enormously to and actually enhancing the atmosphere.

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, nail-biting a good deal going on and little feels improbable or too obvious while being suitably complicated. Was unnerved a lot by the creepiness of some scenes and also moved, while the twists are well done. Those not so familiar with '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 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. All the support is strong.

All in all, wonderful and one of the best 'Endeavour' episodes to date, even if not quite perfect. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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