Endeavour (2012– )
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While recuperating in a wooden shack in a forest, Morse is drawn into the complex lives of the rich people across the lake.


Sandra Goldbacher


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Sampson Nick Sampson ... Chief Constable
Anton Lesser ... Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright
David Oakes ... Joss Bixby
Meghan Treadway ... Jeannie Hearne
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ... Harry Rose
Lewis Rainer ... Albert Potter
Louis Maskell ... Roddy Farthingale
Hilton McRae Hilton McRae ... The Great Zambezi
Crystal Leaity ... Roselle Brawton
Caroline O'Neill ... Win Thursday
Roger Allam ... DI Fred Thursday
Jack Bannon ... Sam Thursday
Jack Laskey ... DS Peter Jakes
Shaun Evans ... DC Endeavour Morse
Samuel Barnett ... Anthony Donn


Morse is exonerated but still under suspension and goes to stay with his friend Tony Donn, meeting glamorous tennis player Elva Piper. Elva takes him to a party given by Joss Bixby, a reclusive millionaire who seems only too familiar with the wife of Bruce Belborough, another of Morse's friends. Meanwhile Thursday investigates the killing of bus conductress Jeannie Hearne, who vanished after a visit to a funfair and seeks Morse's help but in vain. However when Bixby is also murdered there appears to be a connexion with Jeannie and Thursday allows Morse to do a little sleuthing of his own. Together they discover a drug smuggling operation, a scenario redolent of 'The Great Gatsby', and a fairground magician, paving the way to solving the murders. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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3 January 2016 (UK) See more »

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The clue in the final credits is "If", the poem by Rudyard Kipling, referenced in several scenes. See more »


At the beginning reference is made to the arrest of D S Morse from the last series, in fact he was D C Morse. See more »


[first lines]
Chief Constable: The finding of this Board, is that the tragic events of last December, which led to the shooting of DI Thursday and the arrest of DS Morse, were due solely to a mental breakdown suffered by ACC Clive Deare. We are also of a view that further investigation into other extraneous matters would not be in the national interest. To which end, all investigative materials relating to Blenheim Vale Boys Home are to be sealed... for 50 years.
[a container is stamped CASE CLOSED]
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References The Prestige (2006) See more »


Puppet on a String
written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter
performed by Sandie Shaw
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1 February 2016 | by greenf74See all my reviews

Is it possible for former child actor Russell Lewis to write anything which doesn't contain multiple references to the earlier works of other people? He's forever doing it, not just in "Endeavour", but in his "Lewis" episodes, too. This particular segment is so blatantly pinched from Scott Fitzgerald that even the illiterates at the "Radio Times" noticed it, but it also has a surprise twist at the end which could hardly be more clearly derived from Christopher Priest's "The Prestige" (or, more likely, its 2006 movie version), and here and there can be found stray references to other things, too - a sinister fairground out of 1967's "Torture Garden", dark doings aboard its "Ghost Train" attraction (remember "Brighton Rock"?) and Morse interrupting a performance like Hitchcock's Richard Hannay in "The 39 Steps". Oh, and he gets to quote a famous line from "Citizen Kane" as if he'd just thought of it. It wasn't unenjoyable, by any means - but shouldn't Russell Lewis be inventing his own stories?

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