Endeavour (TV series)

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Endeavour
Morse in front of an Oxford University building.
Endeavour Morse
Also known asDetective Constable Morse
FormatCrime drama
Created byRussell Lewis (as deviser)
Based onCharacters created by Colin Dexter
StarringShaun Evans
Roger Allam
Composer(s)Barrington Pheloung
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes5 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Michele Buck Damien Timmer (Mammoth Screen)
Rebecca Eaton (Masterpiece)
Producer(s)Dan McCulloch
Location(s)Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
CinematographyGavin Struthers (pilot)
Stephan Perhrsson
Zac Nicholson
Running time98 minutes (pilot)
89 minutes (Series 1)
Production company(s)Mammoth Screen and Masterpiece co-production for ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channelITV, STV, UTV
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original run2 January 2012 (2012-01-02) – present
Chronology
Preceded byInspector Morse
Related showsLewis
 
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Endeavour
Morse in front of an Oxford University building.
Endeavour Morse
Also known asDetective Constable Morse
FormatCrime drama
Created byRussell Lewis (as deviser)
Based onCharacters created by Colin Dexter
StarringShaun Evans
Roger Allam
Composer(s)Barrington Pheloung
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes5 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Michele Buck Damien Timmer (Mammoth Screen)
Rebecca Eaton (Masterpiece)
Producer(s)Dan McCulloch
Location(s)Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
CinematographyGavin Struthers (pilot)
Stephan Perhrsson
Zac Nicholson
Running time98 minutes (pilot)
89 minutes (Series 1)
Production company(s)Mammoth Screen and Masterpiece co-production for ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channelITV, STV, UTV
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original run2 January 2012 (2012-01-02) – present
Chronology
Preceded byInspector Morse
Related showsLewis

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.

Production[edit]

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.[1] Abigail Thaw, daughter of original Morse actor John Thaw, played the part of Dorothea Frazil in a scene at the Oxford Mail newspaper.

ITV commissioned four new episodes, filmed during summer 2012,[2] and aired them from 14 April to 5 May 2013.[3]

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.[4] Filming commenced in Oxford in September 2013.[5][6]

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

ActorCharacter NameCharacter Role
Shaun EvansEndeavour MorseDetective Constable, Oxford City Police, CID
Roger AllamFred ThursdayDetective Inspector, Oxford City Police, CID
Anton LesserReginald BrightPolice Chief Superintendent, Oxford City Police
Jack LaskeyPeter JakesDetective Sergeant, Oxford City Police, CID
Sean RigbyJim StrangePolice Constable, Oxford City Police
James BradshawDr. Max DeBrynHome Office Pathologist
Abigail ThawDorothea FrazilEditor, Oxford Mail Newspaper
Sara VickersJoan ThursdayDI Thursday's Daughter
Caroline O'NeilWin ThursdayDI Thursday's Wife
Jack BannonSam ThursdayDI Thursday's Son

Reception[edit]

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.[7] Upon its American premiere, Los Angeles Times critic Robert Lloyd called it a "suitably complicated and pictorially engaging work of period suburban mystery."[8]

Episode guide[edit]

Pilot: 2012[edit]

No.
overall
No.
for series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal AirdateViewing Figures (millions)
Sourced by BARB; includes ITV HD and ITV +1
11"Endeavour"Colm McCarthyRussell Lewis2 January 20128.21
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[edit]

No.
overall
No.
for series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal AirdateViewing Figures (millions)
Sourced by BARB; includes ITV HD and ITV+1
21"Girl"Ed BazalgetteRussell Lewis14 April 20137.43
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. 
32"Fugue"Tom VaughanRussell Lewis21 April 20137.00
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. 
43"Rocket"Craig ViveirosRussell Lewis28 April 20137.07
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. 
54"Home"Colm McCarthyRussell Lewis5 May 20136.62
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[edit]

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 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."

DVD[edit]

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.[9] A complete edition running at 98 minutes was released on 26 January 2012.[10] Series one was released on 6 May 2013[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Morse is back!". Daily Mail. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "ITV commissions full series of Morse drama Endeavour". Metro. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "ITV Sets Premiere Date For ‘Endeavour’". 3 april 2013. Retrieved 7 april 2013. 
  4. ^ "ITV recommissions Endeavour for a second series". ITV.com. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  5. ^ "Endeavour gets second series from ITV". Digital Spy. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  6. ^ "'Endeavour goes back into production for second series". ITV. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 
  7. ^ Sweeny, Mark (3 January 2012). "Endeavour pays off with 6.5m viewers". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Endeavour (The Origins of Inspector Morse) (DVD)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Endeavour (The Origins of Inspector Morse) — Complete Edition (DVD)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Voiceover end titles broadcast 5 May 2013

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