Endeavour (2012– )
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Morse investigates a seemingly apparent hit-and-run accident that has claimed the life of an Oxford don.


Colm McCarthy


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Venables Paul Venables ... Prof Alistair Coke Norris
Shaun Evans ... DC Endeavour Morse
Louise Dylan ... Judy Vallens
Guy Williams Guy Williams ... Jolyon Frobisher
Lloyd McGuire ... Charlie Ayres
Jamie Glover ... Dr. Ian Kern
Sean Rigby ... PC Jim Strange
Poppy Miller ... Millicent Coke Norris
Roger Allam ... DI Fred Thursday
Sara Vickers ... Joan Thursday
Anton Lesser ... Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright
James Bradshaw ... Dr. Max DeBryn
Jack Laskey ... DS Peter Jakes
Abigail Thaw ... Dorothea Frazil
Chris Barnes Chris Barnes ... Albert Gudgeon


Professor Coke Norris is killed in a hit and run. At the same time Thursday is perturbed to learn that the new owner of the Moonlight Room night club is Vic Kasper,a London gangster with whom he has history. Morse finds proof that Coke Norris visited the club as well as discovering that he was opposed to the sale of college land to build a housing estate. The murder of a cigarette girl from the club used in a blackmail plot to expedite the sale leads Thursday to Kasper as Morse discovers the reason for his superior's hatred of the man and they combine to act when Thursday's daughter is endangered. Morse then works out the real reason for the professor's murder before sitting his sergeant's exams. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

28 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Morse visits his mother's grave, it can be seen that his mother's date of death is 1950. As Morse was twelve at that time, his birth date must therefore have been 1938, making him 27 at the time of this story. See more »


DI Thursday insinuates that DC Morse's firing range results were very good but the footage of the qualifying at the shooting range shows Morse firing in two shot bursts and the gun barrel during each second shot is obviously pointed way too high to hit the target because of the recoil from the first shot. See more »


[first lines]
Prof Alistair Coke Norris: Every story has a beginning - before the gates of Troy; in a certain house in Ithaca; on the road to Thebes. But no matter where it starts, every story has its hero. As often as not, a young man on the journey from innocence to experience.
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References The Browning Version (1951) See more »


Inspector Morse Theme (Full Version)
Written by Barrington Pheloung
Performed by Barrington Pheloung
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Excellent Writing
24 January 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The case here involves an apparent hit and run. When investigated, it is found the man didn't have normal symptoms of being struck by a car. When looked into, it leads to a whole can of worms that involve an illegal land deal, a sort of criminal pact, the illness of Morse's father, and some extortion. As is usually the case, there are factors that come as surprises. The final episode of the first season is highly satisfying. We get to see the human side of he characters where other series seem to make them cardboard cutouts. Of course, there is one more rant by Superintendent Bright, again putting aside justice for smooth sailing. I'm hoping that in season two something will change. Morse has proven himself and by now should not be suspect. Bright is seen more and more a pure buffoon.

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