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?
The title of Endeavour: Pilot
(2012) was revealed as "First Bus to Woodstock" by Damian Michael Barcroft in his website during an interview with actor Shaun Evans
and another with writer Russell Lewis
. This title references "Last Bus to Woodstock", which was the first Inspector Morse novel written by Colin Dexter
published in 1975. Originally a standalone TV-movie, it is has since been rebroadcast on ITV3 as part of series 1, and could be counted as either episode 0 or episode 1. See more