Endeavour (2012– )
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As Endeavour and Thursday deal with the heartbreak of Joan's departure, a death at East Cowley Slipper Baths hurls the pair into another dark adventure.


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shaun Evans ... DC Endeavour Morse
Sara Vickers ... Joan Thursday
Roger Allam ... DI Fred Thursday
Daniel Attwell Daniel Attwell ... Mick Mitcham
Katherine Kingsley ... Mona Davies
Natalie Grady Natalie Grady ... Ruth Hargreaves
James Laurenson ... Professor George Amory
Tristan Sturrock ... Dr. Bernard Gould
Gillian Saker ... Dr. Pat Amory
Abram Rooney Abram Rooney ... Dr. Clifford Gibbs
Chris Fulton ... Dr. Broderick Castle
Ruby Thomas Ruby Thomas ... Tessa Knight
Adam James ... Kent Finn
Caroline O'Neill ... Win Thursday
Dakota Blue Richards ... WPC Shirley Trewlove


Whilst Professor Amory unveils his chess-playing computer Jason and crime novelist Kent Finn signs copies of his latest book, the body of Dr Nielsen, a member of the computer team, is dragged from the river and some time later a series of drownings is discovered at the local baths. The pattern of the murders suggests a serial killer with a knowledge of chess moves, and Morse finds a link between one of the victims and another member of Amory's team with a further possible connection to Finn. However, Morse deduces, with some help from Jason, that the culprit is not a random killer but one seeking vengeance on those he believed wronged him in the past. At the same time, Morse feels unable to comfort Thursday and his wife after their daughter Joan mysteriously left them. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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20 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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Several contributors have noted the references to Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey", but another Kubrick film is referenced when we are told that Dr. Castle has mis-typed a computer instruction which should have been "Re: Drum". Take out the colon, and it becomes "Redrum", the mysterious word written in blood on a mirror which appears in the psychic visions endured by young Danny Torrence in "The Shining" (1980). There, the word is, of course, a mirror image of the word "Murder"; in the context of this "Endeavour" segment, it serves as an indirect clue to the killer's identity. See more »


The tape drives associated with the JASON computer have bright seven segment red LED displays showing a four digit value. Such displays were not available at the time. See more »


Prof. Yuri Gradenko: In my country also, people drown. Sometimes even by accident.
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In the closing credits certain letters of crew members' names are colored in red. When read in order, they spell "KINGS GAMBIT," which is a reference to an opening chess move [E4-E5-F4] called the King's Gambit. The killer tampered with the lockers numbered E4, E5, and F4 at the Cowley Baths as a coded message. See more »


References The Day Today: Meganews (1994) See more »


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Main Theme by Barrington Pheloung
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Season Four Back with a Bang
29 January 2018 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

As Morse comes to realize that something is blocking his promotions (his test was misplaced meaning a fail) he must decide whether to continue to do his job with little respect or opportunity for recognition. Thursday is in a funk following his daughter's taking off on her own with no forwarding address. He takes it out on his fellow workers and specifically on Morse. The case involves a series of drowning around a campus, at a public bath. The major event on campus is a chess match between a primitive (by our standards) computer and a Russian champion. This is Britain's introduction to Nerdity (if you will). Those most in danger seem to be those who are closest to the case. Morse is such a complex young man, dealing with so much angst.

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