Endeavour (2012– )
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Young Endeavour Morse joins Inspector Fred Thursday's investigation into the disappearance of a schoolgirl named Mary Tremlett.

Director:

Colm McCarthy

Writers:

Colin Dexter (characters), Russell Lewis (written and devised by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Matus Michael Matus ... Cyril Wright
John Light ... Dempsey
Flora Montgomery ... Rosalind Stromming
Patrick Malahide ... Richard Lovell
Shaun Evans ... DC Endeavour Morse
Jack Ashton ... DC Ian McLeash
Daisy Head ... Jenny Crisp
Holly Ridley Holly Ridley ... Valerie Quillen
Lisa Backwell Lisa Backwell ... Anne Porter
Jenna Harrison ... Miss Sylvia Tench
Roger Allam ... DI Fred Thursday
Danny Webb ... DS Arthur Lott
Richard Lintern ... Dr. Rowan Stromming
Sam Reid ... Brian Lomax
Harry Kershaw Harry Kershaw ... Miles Percival
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Storyline

In Oxford, 1965, Endeavour Morse is a teetotaler and a classical music loving young constable who considers leaving the force after an unhappy affair but stays to join Inspector Thursday's investigation into the disappearance of schoolgirl Mary Tremlett. By deciphering a code based on crosswords in the local paper and Mary's poetry books, Morse deduces that Mary was meeting a lover and leads Thursday to the site of her murder. Following the suicide of Mary's boyfriend, student Miles Percival, Morse meets Miles' tutor, Dr. Stromming, the crossword setter who was seeing Mary but had an alibi for the murder. DS Lott, jealous of Thursday's regard for Morse's sharpness, attempts to incriminate Miles but then the police learn that Mary and other girls were paid to attend orgies by creepy car dealer Teddy Samuels, who has Lott in his pocket, as well as other worthies. As a result, both Thursday (a great mentor who also introduces the young constable to real ale) and Morse are carpeted. Morse... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unge Morse See more »

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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The "suicide" Miles Percival lived in Jericho. This is a reference to the first ever Inspector Morse TV episode Inspector Morse: The Dead of Jericho (1987). See more »

Goofs

In the final scene when Morse looks in the rear-view mirror and sees his older self (as played by John Thaw), a diesel (long-nose) Ford Transit pick-up is behind him. This has a pre-1963 (no year letter) registration. However the Transit was not produced until 1965. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
BBC Announcer: Good morning, everyone. It's six o'clock on Sunday morning and the BBC Light Programme is beginning another day's broadcasting.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! broadcast (though not the original ITV broadcast), some letters are shown in red... these spell out L-O-N-S-D-A-L-E, the name of a fictional Oxford college associated with Morse. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Endeavour: Fugue (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Do Wah Diddy Diddy
(uncredited)
Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich
Performed by Manfred Mann
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Quality drama from ITV for a change !
2 January 2012 | by ian-1364See all my reviews

I was a massive fan of Morse and was both excited and dreading this at the same time. Quit simply, excitement won !

I truly hope that ITV make this one off drama into a series, it was wonderfully acted (great performances from both Shaun Evans and Roger Allum), well scripted and was of course set in Oxford the home of Morse. I won't spoil the story for people that haven't seen it but suffice to say (as is usual in most Morse episodes) the culprit isn't any of the usual suspects.

All of the supporting cast play their parts well but Evans and Allum really do shine and seem to have that on screen chemistry that worked so well for John Thaw and Kevin Whately. I'm already planning to watch this again later on in the week as I'm sure I've missed some of the subtle nuances and twists that made Morse so great to watch.

Well done ITV, finally you're matching the BBC for quality drama instead of dreary reality and talent shows.


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