Endeavour (2012– )
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As the highly-anticipated moon landings of Apollo 11 draw near, Endeavour finds himself investigating the death of a promising young astrophysicist and his girlfriend.


Shaun Evans


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shaun Evans ... DS Endeavour Morse
Michael Parkhouse Michael Parkhouse ... TV Anchor
Benjamin Wainwright ... Professor Adam Drake (as Ben Wainwright)
Oliver Chris ... Dr. Elliot Wingqvist
Sargon Yelda ... Dr. Larry Humbolt
Sasha Willoughby Sasha Willoughby ... Flora Humbolt
Sophie Winkleman ... Isobel Humbolt
Sara Vickers ... Joan Thursday
Alison Newman ... Viv Wall
Matthew Cottle ... Jeff Slayton
Mary Stockley ... Hildegard Slayton
Katie Faye Katie Faye ... Christine Chase
Robert Hands Robert Hands ... Eric Gidby
Terenia Edwards ... Marilyn Gidby
Alice Orr-Ewing ... Natalie Wingqvist


July 1969. As the highly-anticipated moon landings of Apollo 11 draw near, Endeavour finds himself investigating the death of a promising young astrophysicist and his girlfriend. Their deaths seeming to be a result of a tragic car accident on first inspection, with the clues pointing to foul play, Endeavour enlists the help of an injured Thursday to uncover the truth.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

17 February 2019 (UK) See more »

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Mammoth Screen See more »
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Did You Know?


Humbolt says to Drake at the party, "You might have made more of the part played by British know-how. No Tom Bacon, no fuel cells. No fuel cells, no moon." Francis Thomas Bacon (1904 - 1992), was an English engineer who developed the first practical hydrogen-oxygen fuel cell. Drake may have ignored him as he was a graduate of Cambridge University, not Oxford. See more »


At just over 26 minutes in, the evening of July 17, the Sun is shown low in the sky over Oxford with the Moon to its right. The convexity of the crescent is facing *away* from the Sun, not something that can ever happen. See more »


Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright: A sobering thing to discover, so late in life, that one is considered a fool. I'm a figure of ridicule to be openly mocked and scorned.
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References Doctor Zhivago (1965) See more »


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Main Theme by Barrington Pheloung
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Morse is back in CID
18 February 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

This episode sees Morse back in CID at Oxford but as the evidence officer rather than actually investigating... at least officially. Set shortly before the Apollo 11 a young astrophysics professor is found dead in a crashed car along with an unknown young woman. At first glance one might suspect it was a tragic accident but it is clear that the woman was dead before the accident and the car had been tampered with. As Thursday is on 'light duties' following a run in with a pair of crooks he ends up working with Morse. There are several anomalies to be investigated... why was the professor driving somebody else's car and why does he have another set of car keys, also not his, in his pocket?

While I didn't think this was quite as good as the season's opening episode I still thought it was rather fun. The central mystery was solid; I liked the fact that its link to the moon landings was only ever tangential; the professor did present a TV programme on the subject but his work as an advisor on a sci-fi puppet show was more important. This provided as good excuse to show some 'Thunderbirds' style puppets that anybody growing up in the '60s of '70s are likely to find nostalgic. As the investigation progresses various suspects and motives emerge to keep the viewer guessing. Away from the central mystery the office politics continues; it is clear that Box isn't pleased to have Morse back in CID, doesn't want him investigating and will take credit for any breakthroughs Morse makes. The episode also hints at a larger case that will no doubt become more important in future episodes. Overall I'd say this was a solid enough episode that fans of the series should enjoy.

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