Endeavour (2012– )
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When a petty criminal absconds from an open prison, it sets off a chain reaction of troubling events, threatening to expose unspeakable horrors of the past.


Geoffrey Sax


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Allam ... DI Fred Thursday
Louis Ashbourne Serkis ... Tommy Cork
Andrew Gower ... Nicholas Myers
Oliver Lansley ... Benny Topling
Martin Hancock ... 'Nosey' Parker
Oliver Coleman Oliver Coleman ... Henry Portmore
Sarah Beck Mather ... Hilary Portmore
Shaun Evans ... DC Endeavour Morse
Nick Waring Nick Waring ... Force Medical Examiner
Mark Flitton ... Prison Officer Wainwright
Derek Hutchinson ... Chief Constable Rupert Standish
Richard Dixon ... Josiah Landesman
Anton Lesser ... Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright
Abigail Thaw ... Dorothea Frazil
Gordon Kennedy ... Alderman Gerald Wintergreen


The body of ex-Fleet Street reporter Eric Patterson is found by a railway track. He was last seen arguing with Alderman Wintergreen over the Landesman construction company's plans to develop the site of former borstal Blenheim Vale. At the same time ten year old Tommy Cork runs away from his bullying father and George Aldridge, a former Blenheim Valley boy, absconds from jail and is later found dead, Morse believing that Tommy saw the killer and is now hiding. Then Wintergreen is also murdered. Eventually Morse learns that three of George's contemporaries at Blenheim Vale were trying to contact him. They tell Morse that there was sexual abuse of the boys when Wintergreen and Landesman were on its governing board but police declined to step in. At the same time ACC Deare confides in Thursday and Morse that he believes there is a cover up involving police corruption and asks them to investigate covertly. Aware that Tommy must have seen at least one of the murders Morse has to save both ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

20 July 2014 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


A news broadcast which Morse hears on his radio at the start of the story refers to the situation in Rhodesia in late 1966, a year or so after the sensational Unilateral Declaration of Independence (commonly referred to simply as "UDI") in which Rhodesia's government, led by Ian Smith, broke away from Great Britain and affirmed its independence (whilst simultaneously affirming its loyalty to Queen Elizabeth II). This complex matter caused headlines for quite some time, with the British Prime Minister Harold Wilson at one point claiming that it would be settled in "weeks rather than months" and then failing utterly to do that. Smith remained in charge of the country until 1979; from 1980 onward, the country's name was changed to Zimbabwe. See more »


When Morse looks at the "punishment book" from Blenheim Vale we see Benny Toplin's age given as 8; when Thursday and Morse first interview Benny, Morse asks him to confirm his name and D.o.B. as some date in 1938. This would mean the arson attack took place in 1946 which does not fit with other dates eg the doctor says he started at the school in 1951 (Benny would then be 13) - his daughter has a photo of the boys and they are much younger. See more »


[first lines]
Henry Portmore: At the Round Table there was one seat kept always vacant, reserved by Merlin for the knight destined to claim the Grail and heal the wounded land. The seat was named The Siege Perilous for should any other dare sit therein, it held only death.
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References Inspector Morse (1987) See more »


Endeavour Theme
Performed by L'orchestra Cinematique
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Outstanding episode, a real highlight.
26 July 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

As I impatiently wait for the sixth series I'm revisiting all episodes, so many classics, but Neverland in particular still sits top of the illustrious pile for me. The plot is deeper then most, and to this day is the darkest yet. No simple murders here, Morse and Thursday get drawn into a web of deceit and cover ups, one of them seeming to pay the ultimate cost in the line of duty.

So many things happen throughout, you fail to see how there can be any links between them, but of course, Russell Lewis has the ability to weave all events together neatly.

I love the historical references, we're given the name of Desmond McNutt, Morse's old boss who's seen in Masonic Mysteries, plus we get some wonderful references from previous episodes, things as simple as billboards, minor, but pleasing to the keen eye.

Gripping, dramatic, fast paced, this is ninety minutes of almost perfect drama, Evans and Allam shine as always, but huge credit to the performance of Jack Laskey (Jakes) who is incredibly good.

Intense, 10/10

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