Endeavour (2012– )
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An unpopular fitter is murdered during a royal visit at a family owned munitions factory.


Craig Viveiros


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Merry James Merry ... Percy Malleson
Rosalind Halstead ... Estella Broom
Jack Roth ... Lenny Frost
James Northcote ... Johnny Broom
Craig Parkinson ... Reg Tracepurcel
Anton Lesser ... Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright
Martin Jarvis ... Henry Broom
Maimie McCoy ... Alice Vexin
Darwin Shaw ... Crown Prince Nabil
Roger Allam ... DI Fred Thursday
Sean Rigby ... PC Jim Strange
Jack Laskey ... DS Peter Jakes
William Houston ... Richard Broom
Shaun Evans ... DC Endeavour Morse
Joanna Cassidy Joanna Cassidy ... Brenda Grice


On the day an Arab trade delegation visits the Broom family's arms factory owner Henry Broom announces a proposed French merger,which his abrasive,estranged wife Nora opposes. Soon afterwards the corpse of unpopular workman Percy Malleson is discovered,the suggestion being that the Brooms used him to spy on the work-force after the suspension of employee Lenny Frost. Then Morse learns that Percy was actually Eustace Kendrick and he was investigating the disappearance of his girl-friend Olive Rix,who had been romantically involved with Harry,the now deceased elder son of the Brooms. However,following a second murder another suspect and motive come to Morse's attention. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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English | German

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21 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


When Morse says he is taking Alice to the cinema, he mentions wanting to see "the new Bergman". Given the 1965 setting, this would have to be "For Att Inte Tala Om Alla Dessa Kvinnor", known in America as "All Those Women" and in the UK as "Now About Those Women" - Bergman's first color film, a rare comedy and his least well-received film of the 1960s. It opened in London in the late Spring of 1965. However, when Morse is seen in the cinema, it seems to be an ordinary suburban movie theater, not an Oxford art-house where such a film would surely have been shown, and furthermore he is watching a newsreel of the "Pathe News" type, from which he derives a vital clue to the mystery. By 1965, newsreels were becoming a thing of the past in British cinemas, having been superseded by TV news broadcasts, which were far more up-to-date and detailed; and, in any case they were never shown in art-houses, only in mainstream cinemas. This suggests that, being let down by Alice, Morse went to see a different, less intellectual sort of movie. See more »


Near the beginning, DS Peter Jakes says to Morse, "Didn't get your invite, then?" The word "invite" is a verb, and while it may be used as a noun today, in the 60's the noun "invitation" would have been used. See more »


[first lines]
Time Clerk: Morning.
Percy Malleson: Percy Malleson.
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References Inspector Morse: Dead on Time (1992) See more »


Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
[from Nabuko]
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Morse investigates murder and mayhem at a British factory
1 September 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

When the police are put on security for Princess Margaret's visit to a munitions plant, they find not only a princess, but a murder, in "Endeavor: Rocket," an episode of the Endeavor series.

Endeavor, is, of course, Inspector Morse as a young man, just starting out, with only his supervisor (Roger Allam) on his side. The rest of them resent his intelligence and capability of crime-solving.

Princess Margaret is there for the unveiling of a new missile, supposedly being sold to the Middle East, which is also represented. The murdered man is named Malleson, a new and not very well-liked employee.

Turns out, the victim was involved in a murder that took place some years ago, which seems to also involve the family that owns the business. There is a suspect, but when he winds up murdered too, there's a problem.

There's also a little hint of romance for Morse, with an old school friend working at the plant. We find out that Morse had a past love that he may still be hung up on.

Because of the fact that a Royal was visiting on the day of the murder, the family is affluent, and Morse's big boss, Bright, is afraid of being blamed for any problems, he wants to close down the case. But Morse won't hear of it. "Aren't we supposed to uphold the Queen's Peace?" he asks. Justice is what is most important. "Not every question gets an answer," his supervisor tells him. But Morse won't accept it.

Great story - these are all excellent scripts. Shaun Evans is wonderful though as far as I'm concerned he's no young Morse. I have to separate the John Thaw character from this man. Nevertheless, this is a highly recommended series.

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