Endeavour (2012– )
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After the mysterious disappearance of a teacher, Endeavour finds himself investigating the dark and secret world of a public school.

Director:

Gordon Anderson

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Lesser ... Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright
Roger Allam ... DCI Fred Thursday
Lewis Peek ... DC George Fancy
Sean Rigby ... DS Jim Strange
Dakota Blue Richards ... WPC Shirley Trewlove
Shaun Evans ... DS Endeavour Morse
Caroline Martin ... Kate Ivory
Aldo Maland ... Stanlow
Sam Clemmett ... Rackway
Jojo Macari Jojo Macari ... Queach
Lily Lesser Lily Lesser ... Ravenna Mackenzie
Michael Simkins ... Baldwin Mackenzie
Felix Scott ... Mr. Blackwell
Andrew Buckley ... Alun Bodnar
Barnaby Taylor Barnaby Taylor ... Summerhead
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Storyline

After learning that the police station is to close Morse goes undercover as a teacher at Coldwater school, with WPC Trewlove posing as his wife after the disappearance of schoolmaster John Ivory. He is intrigued to find gangster Eddie Nero's son is one of the pupils before discovering the body of Rowntree, a boy who was expelled for hitting Ivory. Ivory was not popular with other staff members but the matron tells Morse that he was very protective of Stanlow, a pupil bullied as a weakling. In fact Stanlow proves to be the key to solving the case. Meanwhile Thursday's retirement plans are dashed thanks to his reckless brother and there is further cause for grief at the station. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

References to "Unman, Wittering and Zigo" (1971) have already been noted. One more is that the school matron in this episode is named "Seymour" - the leading lady of the 1971 film was Carolyn Seymour. See more »

Goofs

When referring to the pupil Stanlow, who is being punished for refusing to fire a rifle by having to hold buckets up at arms' length, Mr Blackwell uses the expression "under heavy manners". The programme is set in 1968, but that expression didn't come into use until the state of emergency that was declared in Jamaica in 1976. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Blackwell: [believing that Trewlove is Morse's wife] Give my regards to your wife. Good-looking girl. How'd you ever manage to snare a piece like that?
DS Endeavour Morse: [coldly] Charm.
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Crazy Credits

The final credits clue is Ubermensch. The concept of a superior man or Superman, from Nietsche. See more »

Connections

References The Go-Between (1971) See more »

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Main Theme
Main Theme by Barrington Pheloung
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A great conclusion to Series Five
16 March 2018 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

It has been announced that Cowley Police Station is to close shortly but Thursday still wants 'one more good arrest'. He doesn't think it will come from Morse's latest case; he has been sent undercover at a local boys' boarding school to investigate the disappearance of one of the teachers. He is accompanied by WPC Trewlove, who is posing as his wife. Once at the school he quickly finds out that bullying is rife; this isn't just between the pupils; one teacher is particularly brutal in his treatment off the softer boys and some of the pupils try to menace teachers; including Morse. He isn't there long before he discovers that villain Eddie Nero's son attends the school. Away from the school Thursday is still pursuing Eddie Nero and his rival Cromwell Ames; a situation that will ultimately end in tragedy.

This series certainly ends with a fine episode; the central mystery is solid with plenty of suspects and a real sense of menace at the school. Surprisingly for a season finale there is a lot of time spent on character development as officers wonder where they will each be stationed after Cowley closes. It looks as if the main concern will be Thursday's problems with his retirement plans but that becomes a minor concern after a tragic event that affects everybody at the station and sets things up for series six. The cast is on fine form; Shaun Evans is on fine form as Morse and Roger Allam and Anton Lesser great as DCI Thursday and CS Bright; Lewis Peek, Sean Rigby and Dakota Blue Richards impress as DC Fancy, DS Strange and WPC Trewlove. The guest cast are pretty solid too, making their characters believable. One has to look hard to find faults; the school is a little underpopulated and the security for the cadets' rifles seemed rather lax, the school I attended in the '80s had steel doors on the armoury not a wooden cupboard! These are minor quibbles though and didn't detract from this fine episode. Overall a great series finale; I look forward to seeing what happens in series six.


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