Endeavour (TV series)
|Also known as||Detective Constable Morse|
|Created by||Russell Lewis (as deviser)|
|Based on||Characters created by Colin Dexter|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||5 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Michele Buck Damien Timmer (Mammoth Screen)
Rebecca Eaton (Masterpiece)
|Location(s)||Oxford, Oxfordshire, England|
|Cinematography||Gavin Struthers (pilot)
|Running time||98 minutes (pilot)
89 minutes (Series 1)
|Production company(s)||Mammoth Screen and Masterpiece co-production for ITV Studios|
|Original channel||ITV, STV, UTV|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original run||2 January 2012– present|
|Preceded by||Inspector Morse|
Endeavour is a television detective series which is a prequel to the long-running adaptation of Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse novels. Endeavour is produced by Mammoth Screen and Masterpiece for ITV Studios.
ITV broadcast a pilot episode in the UK on 2 January 2012; in the United States, PBS showed it on 1 July 2012. It starred Shaun Evans as the eponymous police detective in his early career. Abigail Thaw, daughter of original Morse actor John Thaw, played the part of Dorothea Frazil in a scene at the Oxford Mail newspaper.
It was announced on 5 June 2013 that due to the success of Series 1, including consistently high ratings, ITV had commissioned a second series of four episodes of Endeavour. Filming commenced in Oxford in September 2013.
Set 1965-1966 in Oxfordshire, England (the city of Oxford in particular), the series centres on the early career of Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) after leaving his college without taking a degree, spending a short time in the Royal Corps of Signals as a cipher clerk, and then joining the police. In the pilot episode, having been transferred to CID after two years as a uniformed police constable, the young DC Morse soon becomes disillusioned with law enforcement and begins writing a resignation letter. However, before he can resign, Morse is sent with other detectives from the Carshall Newtown Police to the Oxford City Police's Cowley Police Station to assist in investigating the case of a missing fifteen-year-old schoolgirl.
Having studied at Oxford University gives Morse advantages and disadvantages when dealing with Oxford's 'town and gown' divide. During the pilot episode, he tenders his resignation but his superior Detective Inspector Fred Thursday (Roger Allam), the "gov" of the Cowley Police Station, sees in him an unblemished detective he can trust and takes him under his wing to be his new "bagman", replacing a corrupt Detective Sergeant.
|Actor||Character Name||Character Role|
|Shaun Evans||Endeavour Morse||Detective Constable, Oxford City Police, CID|
|Roger Allam||Fred Thursday||Detective Inspector, Oxford City Police, CID|
|Anton Lesser||Reginald Bright||Police Chief Superintendent, Oxford City Police|
|Jack Laskey||Peter Jakes||Detective Sergeant, Oxford City Police, CID|
|Sean Rigby||Jim Strange||Police Constable, Oxford City Police|
|James Bradshaw||Dr. Max DeBryn||Home Office Pathologist|
|Abigail Thaw||Dorothea Frazil||Editor, Oxford Mail Newspaper|
|Sara Vickers||Joan Thursday||DI Thursday's Daughter|
|Caroline O'Neil||Win Thursday||DI Thursday's Wife|
|Jack Bannon||Sam Thursday||DI Thursday's Son|
Noting that the series received upwards of 6.5 million viewers, Mark Sweeny writing in The Guardian stated that any decision to commission a subsequent series should be easy. Upon its American premiere, Los Angeles Times critic Robert Lloyd called it a "suitably complicated and pictorially engaging work of period suburban mystery."
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|1||1||"Endeavour"||Colm McCarthy||Russell Lewis||2 January 2012||8.21|
|The murder of a 15-year-old schoolgirl and the apparent suicide of her boyfriend lead an investigation by the Oxford City Police to the discovery of sex parties where under-age girls are procured for politicians, businessmen, Oxford dons and policemen, which in particular make the sifting of evidence very difficult. Endeavour's superior, Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, recognising the young constable is a detective he can trust, takes him under his wing and is determined to break the case and, with Morse's help, bring it to a successful conclusion.|
Series 1: 2013
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|2||1||"Girl"||Ed Bazalgette||Russell Lewis||14 April 2013||7.43|
|The sudden death of a secretarial student and the shooting of a doctor appear unconnected despite Morse's theories. Chief Superintendent Bright, the new commanding officer of the Oxford City Police, unimpressed with Morse's zeal, protests to Thursday that the bagman's position is a Detective Sergeant's job and the young constable is too inexperienced. Following the shooting of a vicar, Morse is reduced to general duties for dismissing a beautiful, but mentally unstable girl as a suspect and must continue his investigations alone despite warnings of termination from his superiors.|
|3||2||"Fugue"||Tom Vaughan||Russell Lewis||21 April 2013||7.00|
|The strangulation of a married woman and the brutal poisoning of an elderly botanist lady, backed with clues of an operatic connection, leads Thursday to have Morse taken off general duties for his specialist knowledge of opera to bring a serial killer to justice.|
|4||3||"Rocket"||Craig Viveiros||Russell Lewis||28 April 2013||7.07|
|An unpopular fitter is murdered during a royal visit at a family owned munitions factory. Thursday and Jakes lead the investigation while Morse is given routine tasks of inquiry. Due to the royal visit, Chief Superintendent Bright fears for his position unless the case is solved quickly.|
|5||4||"Home"||Colm McCarthy||Russell Lewis||5 May 2013||6.62|
|Morse, still on general duties and studying for his forthcoming sergeant's exam, investigates an apparent hit-and-run accident that has claimed the life of an Oxford don. The victim had been at odds with his peers over the sale of a piece of college-owned land to a development company in conjunction with the town council. The case is complicated by the appearance in Oxford of an East London gangster named Vic Kasper, an enemy from DI Thursday's past, which reignites a personal feud as Thursday thinks Kasper is somehow involved with the case. In the meantime, Morse makes a trip back home to Lincolnshire to visit his dying father.|
Links to Inspector Morse series
A number of references to the Inspector Morse series were included in Endeavour, serving to introduce younger versions of characters who appeared in the original series or to place iconic series or character elements into the film. Among these are:
- In the first scene, Morse is seen listening to opera (specifically, "Un bel di" from Puccini's Madama Butterfly), and operatic themes were introduced into the score by Barrington Pheloung, who scored and conducted the music for both Inspector Morse and Lewis. Morse's taste in opera would later evolve into a preference for German composers, particularly Mozart and Wagner.
- Morse appears to use his forename, which is known by some of the people who work with him. The episode does not explore why his attitude to his name changes.
- The character Police Constable Jim Strange played by Sean Rigby in Endeavour appears as Chief Superintendent Strange played by James Grout in the Inspector Morse series.
- Max de Bryn, featured as the Home Office pathologist until his retirement in Inspector Morse is introduced when the body of the college student is found. In a later scene, Morse's horror at the sight of blood is shown and emphasised when he faints during a post mortem procedure.
- Early in the episode, Morse states that he abstains from alcohol. However, after he faints at the mortuary, Fred Thursday encourages him to drink a glass of real ale, after which Morse is shown drinking at several points before the close.
- The red Jaguar Mark 2 car with the registration 248 RPA is shown prominently at a car showroom, attracting interest from Morse; this is the car Morse drove in the original series.
- Christopher Brandon plays Alexander Reece, a college friend of Morse, later played by Barry Foster in the 1989 Inspector Morse episode, "The Last Enemy".
- In a flashback, we see a young woman with long blonde hair, draped only in a blanket and viewed from the back, staring out of a window. Later, Morse and Alex Reece have a discussion of their competition over "Wendy", as Reece refers to her, reminding Morse that she preferred Morse to himself. Morse corrects him, saying she prefers "Susan". This is a reference to Susan Fallon (married name), in Morse Episode 21, "Dead on Time". Morse says he lost her to a prior relationship, which would have been Henry Fallon, whose death is investigated in this Morse episode. Susan is played by Joanna David, a blonde woman of similar stature to the one shown in the flashback.
- In the closing moments, as Thursday asks Morse where he sees himself in twenty years, Endeavour looks in the rear view mirror and sees the face of John Thaw. At the same time, the original series music begins, and plays through the credits.
- Red letters are highlighted in names in the closing credits when the series is shown as part of Masterpiece Mystery! on PBS, but not the original ITV release. At the end of the pilot episode, the red letters spell out "Lonsdale", Morse's (fictional) college. As in the original series and Lewis, Brasenose College, near the Radcliffe Camera, serves as Lonsdale.
- As was traditional in the original series, writer Colin Dexter who created Morse, makes a cameo appearance, reading the newspaper in the pub where Thursday takes Morse.
In addition to the face-in-the-mirror scene, Endeavour includes another recognition of John Thaw. His daughter, Abigail, appears as the crossword editor for the Oxford Mail, whom Morse questions. At the end of the scene she pauses for a moment, then asks if she's met him before, eventually noting it may have been "in another life."
A region 2 DVD of this drama at 89 minutes long was released on 9 January 2012, but, as reviewers on Amazon.co.uk have noted, does not contain the full show and many scenes aired on ITV have been cut out. A complete edition running at 98 minutes was released on 26 January 2012. Series one was released on 6 May 2013
- "Morse is back!". Daily Mail. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "ITV commissions full series of Morse drama Endeavour". Metro. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "ITV Sets Premiere Date For ‘Endeavour’". 3 april 2013. Retrieved 7 april 2013.
- "ITV recommissions Endeavour for a second series". ITV.com. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
- "Endeavour gets second series from ITV". Digital Spy. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
- "'Endeavour goes back into production for second series". ITV. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
- Sweeny, Mark (3 January 2012). "Endeavour pays off with 6.5m viewers". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- Lloyd, Robert (June 29, 2012). "Review: A welcome 'Endeavour' to the Inspector Morse world on PBS". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2013-07-15.
- ITV press pack retrieved 4 April 2013 page 5
- "Endeavour (The Origins of Inspector Morse) (DVD)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Endeavour (The Origins of Inspector Morse) — Complete Edition (DVD)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- Voiceover end titles broadcast 5 May 2013
- Endeavour at Masterpiece
- Endeavour (pilot) at the Internet Movie Database
- Endeavour (TV series) at the Internet Movie Database