Series 1 follows the early police career of young Endeavour Morse, who upon leaving his Oxford College without a degree, spending time in the Royal Signal Corps., and eventually joining the Oxfordshire Police, is transferred to CID, attaining the rank of Detective Constable. Originally starting out his career at Carshall-Newtown Police, Morse transfers to the Oxford City Police in 1965 following a murder investigation during the pilot episode. While with the Oxford City Police, Morse is taken under the wing of veteran Detective Inspector Fred Thursday. Inspector Thursday names Morse his designated "bag man" and shows him the ropes as Morse begins to solve a string of complex murders, much to the envy and annoyance of some of his superiors, particularly Detective Sergeant Jakes and Chief Superintendent Bright. Thursday and Morse's fellow officer, Police Constable Strange, try to steer the young Endeavour into taking his Sergeant's exam, so that he may be relieved of "General Duties" ...
Did You Know?
In a slightly unnerving casting coincidence, Anton Lesser, previously played Inspector Kelsey in the Poirot episode "Cat among the pigeons", and would later have a recurring role in ITV's "Inspector Morse" prequel series, "Endeavour", another long running series based on a series of crime/police procedural stories, as "Chief Superintendent Bright", which is higher up the police promotion chain. Both story universes are one of ITV's biggest ratings hits and have repeated international sales, both on tv, streaming and home entertainment. See more