Endeavour (2012– )
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The death of an artist in a horrendous house fire leaves Oxford City Police baffled as to the cause of the blaze.


Bryn Higgins


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Larkin ... Ivor Maddox
Genevieve O'Reilly ... Annette Richardson
Charles Babalola ... Cuthbert Mukamba
Shvorne Marks ... Monica Hicks
Richard Dillane ... Leo Richardson
Joanna Roth ... Prudence Maddox
Tom York ... Mike Maddox
Roger Allam ... DI Fred Thursday
Caroline O'Neill ... Win Thursday
Sara Vickers ... Joan Thursday
Jack Bannon ... Sam Thursday
Shaun Evans ... DC Endeavour Morse
Gala Gordon ... Verity Richardson
Dakota Blue Richards ... WPC Shirley Trewlove
Sean Rigby ... Sergeant Jim Strange


Morse is joined by policewoman Shirley Trewlove when college drop-out and artist Simon Hallward dies in a house fire. Simon had previously been a member of Gideon Finn's hippie commune but left after six months. At the same time Leo Richardson's supermarket chain falls victim to anti-Apartheid protesters and food contamination as blackmail, the latter causing a customer's death and being linked to Hallward. Then the Richardsons' daughter Verity is kidnapped for six figure ransom - Morse doing the drop and rescuing her though the kidnapper remains at large. Morse establishes a connection between Richardson's promiscuous wife Annette and Hallward as well as discovering that Verity is keeping secrets from her parents - which leads him to crack the case. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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10 January 2016 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


The Maddox and Richardson families are similar to the lead families in The Graduate The Graduate (1967), released in December 1967, with the Richardsons in place of the Robinsons, and the Maddoxes in place of the Braddocks. In this case, Mrs. Richardson tries to seduce Morse. See more »


When Dr. De Bryn is describing the heavy drinking of the murder victim, he refers to him sarcastically as "the last of the red-hot livers", a pun on the title of Neil Simon's well-known play, "The Last Of The Red-Hot Lovers". However, this episode of "Endeavour" is set in mid-1967, and Simon's play did not open on Broadway until December of 1969. See more »


DC Endeavour Morse: The house is secure. There's no-one here.
Annette Richardson: Are you sure?
DC Endeavour Morse: Yes.
Annette Richardson: Verity must have come home and then gone out again.
DC Endeavour Morse: Right. Well, there we are. Mystery solved. Good night, Mrs Richardson.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, when read in order, the red letters spell out "bloater paste," which is the sandwich spread Mrs. Thursday put on her husband's sandwich. Luckily he didn't eat it, because it was probably tainted. According to cooksinfo.com, "Bloater Paste is a fish spread made from salted, smoked herrings called "bloaters", which are smoked whole with the insides still in them. A bloater has a more gamey flavour than cleaned herrings. It is sold in small jars." See more »


References Coogan's Bluff (1968) See more »


For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey What's That Sound)
written by Stephen Stills
performed by Buffalo Springfield
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Good quality mystery.
17 January 2016 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

A young woman 'Lorraine Figis' departs Richardson's Supermarket, collapses outside and later dies, soon a young artist 'Simon Hallward' dies at home, when a cigarette catches in his studio and causes an explosion. A lead takes Morse and Thursday to a commune, House Beautiful, where Simon had spent six months. The team are joined by beautiful WPC Shirley Trewlove, who has a definite effect.

For the main I enjoyed this one very much, the 60's vibe was excellently captured as always, the Supermarket itself looked great, just as I imagined. I love the house doubling up as the Richardson's property, definitely used in other dramas before, it's stunning.

I'm a huge fan of Genevieve O'Reilly, she's a brilliant actress, loved the scenes between her and Shaun. My favourite performance too from Jack Laskey as DS Jakes, he really is a brilliant actor, it's no wonder his career is on an upward trajectory, a real shame this was his last one.

A few scenes were reminiscent of a Taggart episode from a few years ago, could be Dead Giveaway, not sure. The scenes with the baby food etc.

Almost small scale for an episode of Endeavour, especially in comparison to the opener. The usual mix of wonderful production values, great script, first class acting makes for an excellent ninety minutes. 8/10

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