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

Two characters, Alexander Reece and the pathologist Max de Bryn, also appear (played by older actors) in Inspector Morse (1987). Reece appears as the Master of a college in Inspector Morse: The Last Enemy (1989) and de Bryn appears in various episodes of Series 1 and Series 2. See more »

Goofs

When DC McLeash comes into Morse's room to invite him for a drink, he switches Morse's record-player off at the mains switch to get his attention. When McLeash has finished talking to Morse, he switches it back on again and it carries on playing immediately, exactly where it left off. This would not happen with a record-player. At the very least the pitch would increase as the record got up to speed; in addition, if it was a valve rather than transistor amplifier there would be a delay while the valve filaments warmed up again. 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

References Dr. No (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Endeavour Theme
Performed by L'orchestra Cinematique
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MORSE Begins...
2 January 2012 | by VexedandvocalSee all my reviews

What a great prequel/tribute to Inspector Morse. Shaun Evans played a young Morse brilliantly, I'm sure John Thaw would have been impressed and proud to see the character's introduction executed with the same style and effort as the series. Having seen all of the original series' - remembering most, I really appreciated seeing references to Morse's passions and how they were introduced in the story. Though the character is complicated, smart and very dedicated, the simple love of the Jaguar (in particular the red Jaguar on the forecourt) was all that was needed to cement the character ;) Not that there weren't other, more sound references, however, that car was the one thing that said 'Morse' to me.. I really hope that this isn't a one-off!


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