Endeavour (2012– )
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The murder of an Oxford librarian and a local tragedy test Endeavour and the team to their limits, as they uncover the truth behind the crime that has haunted them all.


Jamie Donoughue


Colin Dexter (characters by), Russell Lewis (devised by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Hanson Alexander Hanson ... Councillor Clive Burkitt
Faith Omole Faith Omole ... Olive Reynolds
Zaris-Angel Hator Zaris-Angel Hator ... Sandra Reynolds
Shaun Evans ... DS Endeavour Morse
Carol Royle ... Mrs. Bright
Anton Lesser ... Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright
Roger Allam ... DI Fred Thursday
Laura Donoughue ... Deborah Teagarden
Michael Jenn ... Osbert Page
Precious Mustapha ... Lucy Paroo
Paul Jesson ... Professor Ernest Burrowes
Aidan McArdle ... Dr. Jasper Nicholson
Simon Harrison ... DCI Ronnie Box
Richard Riddell ... DS Alan Jago
Sean Rigby ... DS Jim Strange


When a librarian is gruesomely murdered at the Bodleian, Endeavour and Thursday have little to go on besides a set of muddy boot prints. With the two main suspects having their own motives for killing the librarian, Endeavour digs deeper into their backgrounds, tracking a trail that appears to connect to seemingly innocent college bequest. Bribery and corruption at the highest level have a connection between the murders and a local tragedy unveiling the truth about "DC George Fancy's" murder.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

3 March 2019 (UK) See more »

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Mammoth Screen See more »
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Did You Know?


The Greek word on the map--"Anemoi"-- is translated by Morse as 'wind gods'. There were four Anemoi--Boreas, Zephryos, Notos, and Euros. This word is echoed in the name of the firm that McGyffin works for--Four Winds Aggregate of Wicklesham. See more »


When Dr. Nicholson finds the note tucked in the book in the library, he screws it up and drops it in a full bin. When Morse finds it, the bin is apparently empty (or at least emptier) apart from the note. See more »


Dr. Jasper Nicholson: Time was when the discretion of a college porter could be relied upon.
DS Endeavour Morse: Not in my experience.
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References The Great Gatsby (1974) See more »


Main Theme
Written by Barrington Pheloung
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Classic Morse
4 March 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

This episode sees Morse investigating two murders; first a Librarian is stabbed to death in the Bodleian Library; the only obvious clues some muddy boot prints and a scrap of paper with a word written on it in Hebrew. Then a year old tower block partly collapses; there are many fatalities but the most notable is a man who was found shot dead in the basement; he'd been there, set in concrete, since the tower was built. He was also killed by the same gun as PC George Fancy. It turns out he was a surveyor for the local council and as the investigation proceeds intense pressure is exerted to get enquiries dropped... Morse isn't about to stop though even though he is unsure if he can still trust his Mentor DI Thursday.

This was, to my mind, the best episode of the current series. The case of the University librarian is classic Inspector Morse and the tower block disaster, a clear reference the Ronan Point collapse in 1968, gave the episode a good sense of the time. There are plenty of suspects and motives; red herrings and misdirection. As the story progresses the tension rises and while viewers know certain characters must survive as they were in 'Inspector Morse' I was genuinely concerned for key characters who don't have such guarantees. The ending nicely wraps up the various plot lines; both those raised in the episode and others that have been there since the murder of PC Fancy in the previous series. All the main cast; Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, Anton Lesser, Sean Rigby and James Bradshaw; as Morse, Thursday, Bright, Strange and Dr DeBryn are on great form and the supporting cast are equally solid. Overall a really fine episode that left me looking forward to the next series.

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