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Endeavour is a British television detective drama series created by Russell Lewis and co-produced by Mammoth Screen and Masterpiece in association with ITV Studios. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 2 January 2012, and on PBS in the United States on 1 July 2012, as part of the Masterpiece Mystery! anthology. Six series have been made, the sixth airing at the beginning of 2019 in the UK and Ireland.

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Series overviewEdit

SeriesEpisodesOriginally airedAverage UK viewers (millions)
inc. ITV HD and ITV+1
First airedLast aired
TV film2 January 2012 (2012-01-02)8.21
1414 April 2013 (2013-04-14)5 May 2013 (2013-05-05)7.04
2430 March 2014 (2014-03-30)20 April 2014 (2014-04-20)6.78
343 January 2016 (2016-01-03)24 January 2016 (2016-01-24)6.82
448 January 2017 (2017-01-08)29 January 2017 (2017-01-29)7.07
564 February 2018 (2018-02-04)11 March 2018 (2018-03-11)6.67
6410 February 2019 (2019-02-10)3 March 2019 (2019-03-03)7.16

Episode guideEdit

TV film (2012)Edit

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11"Endeavour"Colm McCarthyRussell Lewis2 January 2012 (2012-01-02)8.21
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

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21"Girl"Edward BazalgetteRussell Lewis14 April 2013 (2013-04-14)7.43
The sudden death of a secretarial student (Margaret Bell) 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 possible dismissal from his superiors.
32"Fugue"Tom VaughanRussell Lewis21 April 2013 (2013-04-21)7.00

An unknown menace stalks Oxford, appearing at first to be just another deranged lunatic, killing at random. But Detective Constable Endeavour Morse uncovers an underlying method to the madness; the elaborate staging of the crimes suggests that the killer shares Endeavour's passion for opera.

While Oxford city police scramble to find the next potential victim, it seems that Endeavour has finally met his intellectual match. As the body count increases, letters containing cryptic clues, goading the police for their failures, are sent to the Oxford mail. Only a detective of Endeavour's intellect can break them.
43"Rocket"Craig ViveirosRussell Lewis28 April 2013 (2013-04-28)7.11
The prospect of a visit to Oxford by Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret, who is to unveil the British Imperial Electric Company's new "Standfast" Mark Two missile, has Chief Superintendent Bright, slated to provide security, on red alert. But when an unpopular worker is found murdered in a secluded area of the shop floor, Endeavour must pursue the truth -- and then justice -- from the sidelines…and in the intoxicating presence of Alice Vexin, an old acquaintance from his days at Oxford.
54"Home"Colm McCarthyRussell Lewis5 May 2013 (2013-05-05)6.62
January 1966. 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.

Series 2 (2014)Edit

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61"Trove"Kristoffer NyholmRussell Lewis30 March 2014 (2014-03-30)7.01
In the spring of 1966, after returning from sick leave for several months at County (Oxfordshire) Police's Witney Station under D.I. Church, Morse investigates a suspicious suicide during an Oxford parade, a missing girl from Oxfordshire, and the theft of historical artefacts from a college. On the 900th anniversary of the 1066 Battle of Hastings, a beauty pageant and local by-election draw Morse into disagreement with Inspector Thursday and Superintendent Bright when he believes they are connected to the crimes, despite the evidence. A missing notebook and a Masonic lodge hamper the investigation.
72"Nocturne"Giuseppe CapotondiRussell Lewis6 April 2014 (2014-04-06)6.89
In July 1966 at the Museum of Natural History, almost empty, save for some schoolgirls, Adrian Weiss, a specialist in heraldry and genealogy, is murdered. The similar murder of a 12-year-old girl at her boarding school leads Morse to delve into a 100-year-old murder mystery involving a wealthy family with connections to India and an inheritance. The girls staying for the summer, as they cannot reach home for the vacation, play pranks based on the book about the murdered family 100 years earlier, but do not own up until afterwards. The fifth generation descendant of the owner of the large family home, now the school for girls, thinks he might finally inherit with a change in laws for a bastard child. He murders those in his way, worked out by Morse by reading Weiss's detailed files. A masonic ring connected to the case goes missing.
83"Sway"Andy WilsonRussell Lewis13 April 2014 (2014-04-13)6.58
In the period before Remembrance Sunday in November 1966, a housewife found strangled with a silk stocking in her own home becomes the third such death in Oxford in a month. All the women are married, alone and their wedding rings missing. Tracing the stockings to the sole supplier, Burridges Department Store, a number of suspects surface, and for Inspector Thursday, a face from the past he thought long dead leading to complications in his family life and with Morse.
94"Neverland"Geoffrey SaxRussell Lewis20 April 2014 (2014-04-20)6.63
In December 1966, a boy with a brutal father is reported missing from his home. The body of a journalist is found on a railway line and within days an escaped convict, with only a month of his sentence remaining, is found dead. The two men have connections with Blenheim Vale, a disused correctional facility for boys in Kidlington, soon to be redeveloped as a new police headquarters in a reorganisation of the local forces to form the Thames Valley Police. Thursday's and Morse's investigation leads to a property developer and corruption in high places including missing police evidence in Morse's last three investigations. Morse is in gaol and Thursday lies shot as the episode closes.

Series 3 (2016)Edit

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101"Ride"Sandra GoldbacherRussell Lewis3 January 2016 (2016-01-03)6.84
March 1967. Morse is disillusioned after spending time in prison following his last case, and even though he is exonerated, ponders his future with the police. Having relocated to an isolated lake front cottage, Morse is befriended by an unhappy millionaire and his friends. At a funfair on Cowley Green a young girl, Jeannie Hearne, is spirited away into the night, seemingly without explanation. When her body is found the next morning, Inspector Thursday investigates and discovers that Morse's new friends are involved. When Morse's millionaire friend is killed, but then appears the next day, Morse realises his future is as a detective and the solution lies at the funfair where Hearne went missing.
112"Arcadia"Bryn HigginsRussell Lewis10 January 2016 (2016-01-10)7.16
April 1967. The death of an artist in a horrendous house fire leaves Oxford City Police baffled as to the cause of the blaze. A housewife dies of a ‘tummy bug’ that has seen half of Chief Superintendent Bright’s men go on sick leave. Tainted food sold at a local supermarket, Richardson's, and the blackmail of the wealthy owners who refuse to pay culminates in the kidnap of their daughter with a ransom demand from the dead artist. Morse strives to connect these elements to solve the deaths and kidnapping. WPC Trewlove joins the station and DS Jakes departs.
123"Prey"Lawrence GoughRussell Lewis17 January 2016 (2016-01-17)6.89
Early June 1967. The missing persons case of Danish au pair Ingrid Hjort proves far from routine, pulling Endeavour into the duelling worlds of Oxford scientific academia, the city's vast parks, as well as an urban legend said to haunt the untamed wilderness of the Oxfordshire countryside.
134"Coda"Oliver BlackburnRussell Lewis24 January 2016 (2016-01-24)6.38
Mid June 1967. Gangland loyalties are tested when criminals vie to replace their dead boss Harry Rose. Police loyalties are tested when Fred Thursday is suspended for hitting an informant. Bank staff loyalties are tested where Joan Thursday works when armed robbers trap them along with Morse, who is there investigating a killing and payroll robbery. As hostages are taken, he and Joan try to conceal their identities. Morse realises he is part of someone else's plan to conceal another crime.

Series 4 (2017)Edit

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141"Game"Ashley PearceRussell Lewis8 January 2017 (2017-01-08)7.56
July 1967. The body of a scientist, who disappeared over a month previously, is found floating in a local river. The initial suspected cause of death is accidental drowning, but Morse is unconvinced. When a second victim is found drowned at the local swimming baths, Morse begins to recognise a pattern. He connects the victims to a university science group who are undertaking work on one of the first working computer systems. The death of a third victim sways Morse to convince a skeptical Thursday to use the computer technology to identify a possible list of suspects, connected in particular to the second victim. The discovery of another body at a farmhouse owned by one of the possible suspects leads Morse right into the path of the killer. Meanwhile, Morse is shocked by the news that his sergeant's exam papers have gone astray. Worse to the fact, after confronting Bright, he discovers that his paper was the only one to have mysteriously disappeared.
152"Canticle"Michael LennoxRussell Lewis15 January 2017 (2017-01-15)7.18
Labourer Barry Finch is found dead in the garage of a local public house, and initial reports suggest the cause of death is strangulation. Meanwhile, Morse is asked to act as bodyguard to busybody Joy Pettybon, a moral crusader who since coming to Oxford to appear on a nightly television show, 'The Almanac', has received threats to her life. Her fellow guests on the show, pop group The Wildwood, whose record Pettybon has tried to get banned from the airwaves, are prime suspects for sending the threats - and when one of Pettybon's closest allies, Reverend Golightly, is poisoned shortly after her appearance on the show, suspicions on the tearaway group begin to grow. When one of the group's founding members disappears during a writing session, Morse and Thursday are thrust out into the dark cold Oxford night to try and find him. When he finally reappears, they discover he too has been given a concoction of mysterious poison. When further tests are carried out on Barry Finch's corpse, traces of the poison are once again discovered, and Morse finds himself on the trail of a possible triple murderer.
163"Lazaretto"Börkur SigþórssonRussell Lewis22 January 2017 (2017-01-22)6.77
Morse is called to deal with the death of an elderly Oxford resident, Mrs Zacharides, who appears to have died of natural causes. Meanwhile, the star witness in the case against the Matthews gang, Terence Bakewell, is admitted to hospital from remand, and Morse is assigned to act as bodyguard. While on the ward, he meets a regular patient, Mr. Talbot, who tells him that Bed 10 has become infamous for unexplained deaths. Back at the station, Thursday finds Bright collapsed in his office, having seemingly suffered from a perforated ulcer. Back on the ward, Morse catches an armed intruder who is trying to get to Bakewell, and gives pursuit. Following the breach of security, Bakewell is moved to the uninhabited Bed 10. The next morning, as the ward staff arrive on shift, they discover that Bakewell, who appeared to have been in recovery, has died. As Morse starts trawling back through the victims of Bed 10, he discovers that Mr. Zacharides was. Suspecting that the two cases are linked, Morse tries to unravel the clues to identify the killer. Back from surgery, Bright is told that he is to be moved into the uninhabited Bed 10.
174"Harvest"Jim LoachRussell Lewis29 January 2017 (2017-01-29)6.76
September 1967. The discovery of a body on an archaeological dig sends Morse to the village of Brampton, where botanist Matthew Laxman disappeared five years earlier and where pagan customs are upheld for the forthcoming Autumn equinox. All the locals, including reclusive clairvoyant Dowsabelle Chattox, deny seeing Laxman until Selina Berger, whose brother is a doctor, recalls seeing the missing man's car in the vicinity of the nuclear power plant nearby. While its director Elliot Blake assures Morse that it poses no danger, it is not a welcome presence in the village, the proposed site of a new reservoir. Morse believes the locals are lying when Laxman's jacket is found on a scarecrow and Dowsabelle and others admit that he came to Brampton and to the power station. As the celebrations begin Morse and Thursday rush to the station to prevent an aggrieved avenger destroying the whole area before unmasking Laxman's killer.

Series 5 (2018)Edit

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181"Muse"Brady HoodRussell Lewis4 February 2018 (2018-02-04)7.42
April 1968. The auction of the last Fabergé egg made gets underway at Lonsdale College. A failed attempt at burglary brings the newly christened Thames Valley Constabulary to the College, where a rose is found on the roof. Endeavour and Thursday investigate three grisly murders, of Simon Lake, Dr Robin Grey, and Joey Sikes. Endeavour is Detective Sergeant now. A beautiful redheaded woman called Eve Thorne is tied to the three dead men; she is a stripper, prostitute, and a life model for an art class under Gerry Pickman. Detective Constable George Fancy joins the team, and Thursday asks Endeavour to teach him a bit. Pickman, Lake and Davis were in National Service together years earlier, and were given the egg in East Germany; its provenance is unknown. The auction of the egg is a con, which Pickman’s wife admits. Dr Adrian Croxley at Oxford is part of the Berserker Club, where Oxford dons do crazy cruel things; he knew two of the murdered men. Thursday and Endeavour find a restaurant, Shiplake Chase, where the Berserker Club held a gathering, and stole some cutlery, used in the murders; the restaurant accepted a payoff for all the damage rather than call the police. Thorne's art book has Weibermacht as an inscription, a theme in art of powerful men brought down by women. Thursday and Endeavour put together the theme of these murders and proceed to Croxley’s flat, where they find him dead. Eve and her friend Ruth Astor were both part of the entertainment at the stag party for Dr Grey a year earlier at Shiplake Chase. Ruth was destroyed by that evening, as the men gang-raped her, and she gets a job in a telephone message service, run by Eddie Nero, a local crook who owns many businesses, including a call girl service. Ruth took revenge on the powerful men and dies at her own hand, not being able to live with herself or her attackers, as Eve holds her. Eve realized what Ruth did at the same time the police did. As the episode closes, radio news announces the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in the US.
192"Cartouche"Andy WilsonRussell Lewis11 February 2018 (2018-02-11)6.61
Hollywood glamour comes to Oxford as the stars of a horror-movie sequel begin filming in the city, with a story line based on ancient Egyptian history, and starring Emil Valdemar, an actor who first served in World War I at age 19, in North Africa. The poisoning of retired detective sergeant Ronald Beavis leads Endeavour and Thursday to the Roxy cinema, which is hosting the film's stars in a gala event. Eddie Nero is involved in this story, as two of his properties are destroyed by arson, and he is in the Roxy cinema when the organist Leslie Garnier dies by poison in his drink. Further, one of his men is killed after collecting blackmail from a small restaurant. Fred Thursday's unlikely brother Charlie shows up for a visit, with his wife Paulette and his daughter Carol, cousin to Joanie. Endeavour meets Carol on the street, when she is waiting for Joan, who does not appear. Carol goes home with Endeavour without telling him her or Joan’s names. He is now sharing a flat with Detective Sergeant Strange. The next day Endeavour learns the beautiful blonde woman is niece to his boss, and is asked by Charlie to show her around Oxford that evening, the night the organist dies, which he does. Endeavour begins to connect the people at the theatre by where they fought in the prior world wars, and realizes what will happen next. The doorman (Commissionaire) Edmond Gordon at the Roxy lost an arm in World War I, and he served under Valdemar; he held a grudge all these years for all the men in that unit killed except Valdemar and Gordon, including Gordon's brother. He asked the retired policeman, now a guard at the museum with ancient Egyptian artifacts, to steal one, so that it can be given to Valdemar, who is frightened by the curse associated with it. Mr De Vere owns the Roxy, but he dies when it is destroyed by arson while he is in it. De Vere's death ends hope of a case against Eddie Nero. Gordon killed Beavis and then kills Garnier because he saw Beavis talking with him. Then Gordon tries to kill Valdemar as the theatre goes up in flames, after reminding him of the WWI action, but shoots De Vere instead. Valdemar survives the fire but Gordon purposely goes into the fire and dies. The artifact goes back to the museum. (Shaun Evans plays a dual role as Morse and the explorer on the cinema screen).
203"Passenger"Jim Field SmithRussell Lewis18 February 2018 (2018-02-18)6.73
June 1968. Morse suspects a connection between a woman's disappearance and the unsolved murder of a teenager ten years earlier. The discovery of another body and some unusual crime-scene details, however, suggest another possibility. Thursday investigates a lorry hijack which he believes could be the work of a local gangster, and Fancy takes on an informant in the case.
214"Colours"Robert QuinnRussell Lewis25 February 2018 (2018-02-25)6.61
Oxford seethes as a protest at a hair salon exposes rising racial tensions in the city. Meanwhile, Thursday's son discovers a murder at his Army base, and Morse must uncover long-held secrets within the regiment to solve the case.
225"Quartet"Geoffrey SaxRussell Lewis4 March 2018 (2018-03-04)6.42
Morse investigates the assassination of a competitor at an international It's a Knockout event and a spectator, a small boy, is hit by a stray bullet. Special Branch quickly take over the case, but Morse delves deeper and is drawn into a web of espionage, big business and dark secrecy. Thursday faces a dilemma as he tries to protect a woman from her violent husband in his local newsagency.
236"Icarus"Gordon AndersonRussell Lewis11 March 2018 (2018-03-11)6.25
Morse investigates the disappearance of a teacher from a public school and begins to question whom he can trust when a body is discovered. Thursday grapples with the imminent closure of Cowley Station as he tries to connect Eddie Nero to a series of unsolved murders, and he assigns Fancy to track down the man who may be the key to cracking the case.

Series 6 (2019)Edit

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241"Pylon"Johnny KentonRussell Lewis10 February 2019 (2019-02-10)7.53
Endeavour finds himself policing a lonely country patch and back in uniform, but when he discovers the dead body of a missing schoolgirl, it opens the quiet backwater to the roar of Castle Gate CID, now staffed by Thursday and an old adversary. With the former's hands tied, Endeavour resolves to prove an accused teenager's innocence, and to uncover the truth behind the young girl's murder.
252"Apollo"Shaun EvansRussell Lewis17 February 2019 (2019-02-17)7.09
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.
263"Confection"Leanne WelhamRussell Lewis24 February 2019 (2019-02-24)7.14
The murder of a chocolate factory owner during a local hunt leads Endeavour to the sleepy village of Chigton Green. When he learns of a vicious campaign of gossip and rumour, it seems likely that two murders are connected. One of the targets, a beautiful, single mother, captures Endeavour's attention, giving him food for thought about the future.
274"Degüello"Jamie DonoughueRussell Lewis3 March 2019 (2019-03-03)6.87
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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Weekly top 10 programmes". BARB.co.uk. Archived from the original on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 2016-11-25.
  2. ^ a b c d based on 28 day data from BARB for ITV and ITV+1 and 7 day data for ITV HD

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