Endeavour (2012– )
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The strangulation of a married woman and the poisoning of an elderly botanist lead Morse to bring a serial killer to justice.


Tom Vaughan


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shaun Evans ... DC Endeavour Morse
Abigail Thaw ... Dorothea Frazil
Lavinia Bertram ... Grace Madison
Laura Rees Laura Rees ... Faye Madison
Will Featherstone Will Featherstone ... Phillip Madison
Geoffrey Streatfeild Geoffrey Streatfeild ... Dr. Daniel Cronyn
Lex Shrapnel ... Roy Adamson
Paul Bullion ... Gerry Olderby
Kelly Price ... Evelyn Balfour
Iain McKee ... Lionel Balfour
Roger Allam ... DI Fred Thursday
Jack Laskey ... DS Peter Jakes
Sean Rigby ... PC Jim Strange
James Bradshaw ... Dr. Max DeBryn
Anton Lesser ... Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright


Unfaithful housewife Evelyn Balfour and elderly botanist Grace Madison are both murdered in the style of operatic heroines with the words of the characters' final arias being left at the scenes of crime. Psychiatrist Daniel Cronyn is brought in and informs the police that they are dealing with a serial killer. He believes it might be Keith Miller, a former patient of his who was a musical prodigy. A third murder at the killer's apparent hide-out reveals a press cutting that suggests that Morse is one of several victims that have been lined up. Ultimately Morse and Thursday find themselves unwittingly re-enacting the second act of 'Tosca' on a roof-top as they bring the killer to justice. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

14 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Morse sniffs the pot of tea and exclaims "If that's the stuff the chimps drink, I'm a Chinaman," he is referring to a series of advertisements for PG Tips teabags which starred chimpanzees. See more »


When Fred Thursday goes from the kitchen with a drink of stout and a glass for Morse they suddenly appear in the opposite hands as he enters the lounge. See more »


[first lines]
Dorothea Frazil: Constable Morse, I loved your singing. Dorothea Frazil. Oxford Mail; we met briefly on the Tremlett case.
DC Endeavour Morse: Oh, I remember you. Of course.
Dorothea Frazil: It's a good angle; the singing detective. It's better than the one I've got presently.
DC Endeavour Morse: I've no wish to see my name in the papers, Miss Frazil.
Dorothea Frazil: Look, covering for the local arts correspondent's never going to win me the Pulitzer; just give me a quote. I'll see there's something in it for you.
DC Endeavour Morse: Any such recompense would leave us both open to charges ...
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References Se7en (1995) See more »


See My Friends
Performed by The Kinks
Written by Ray Davies
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Wonderful episode
24 April 2013 | by pawebsterSee all my reviews

Endeavour is shaping up to beat the original episodes of Morse. This one has a story ideally tailored to Morse with crossword clues and opera. This might seem hackneyed but it works very well and is satisfying and clear. The scenes filmed on the roofs at Trinity College are exciting. Best of all is the father-son relationship that is growing up between Morse and Thursday. It is genuinely touching, particularly at the close of the episode, before the famous theme music comes in. Shaun Evans is excellent in the role of Morse, even though his appearance, voice and general demeanour make it impossible to imagine him ever turning into anything resembling John Thaw.

(Questionable aspects of the show are the extremely clichéd you're-off- the-case boss, played by Anton Lesser, and the friendly and helpful Constable Strange, who it's hard to imagine becoming the you're-off-the-case-matey boss of Morse's later years. Also, would a music lover like Morse slam down the lid of his record player while it was playing an expensive LP? However, these are minor quibbles.)

It's great. Watch it.

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