Hello. Here is part two of what will be a thirteen part series. For those who didn’t read part one click HERE to go to that post which will open in a new window.
As before the first connection should be the man who devised and wrote all thirteen of the Endeavour episodes and that is Russell Lewis. Here below is another reminder of what else he has written within the Morse universe.
Lewis (TV Series) (screenplay – 4 episodes, 2010 – 2012) (story – 1 episode, 2006)
– Fearful Symmetry (2012) … (screenplay)
– Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things (2011) … (screenplay)
– Falling Darkness (2010) … (screenplay)
– The Dead of Winter (2010) … (screenplay)
– Reputation (2006) … (story)
He also wrote the Morse episode, ‘The Way Through the Woods’. (One of my favourite Morse episodes).
As before I will start with the characters who appear in Endeavour and have appeared in either Morse, Lewis or both. Apart from the reappearance of the pathologist, Max deBryn there were only two characters who turned up in the Endeavour episode ‘Girl’ and one of those was only spoken of. Let’s start with a character who appeared in Morse and was a big fan favourite; Jim Strange.
Jim Strange appeared in twelve of the Endeavour episodes having not appeared in the pilot episode. The character of Jim Strange appeared in 22 episodes of the 33 episode Morse series as Chief Superintendent Strange.
– The Remorseful Day (2000)
– The Wench Is Dead (1998)
– Death Is Now My Neighbour (1997)
– The Daughters of Cain (1996)
– The Way Through the Woods (1995)
– Twilight of the Gods (1993)
– The Day of the Devil (1993)
– Deadly Slumber (1993)
– Cherubim & Seraphim (1992)
– Absolute Conviction (1992)
– The Death of the Self (1992)
– Dead on Time (1992)
– Promised Land (1991)
– Greeks Bearing Gifts (1991)
– Who Killed Harry Field? (1991)
– Fat Chance (1991)
– Second Time Around (1991)
– Masonic Mysteries (1990)
– Driven to Distraction (1990)
– The Last Enemy (1989)
– Last Seen Wearing (1988)
– The Dead of Jericho (1987)
In the Endeavour series the character is played by Sean Ribgy, (Born on August 15, 1989), matey and in the original Morse series he was played by James Grout, (Born: October 22, 1927 – Died: June 24, 2012).
James Grout as Chief Superintendent Strange. (We never learned of his first name in the original Morse series)
Sean Rigby as firstly PC Strange then in series 4 he is promoted to DS Strange.
The second of the two characters who make an appearance in Endeavour having been in the original Morse series is Charlie Hillian. As I wrote above the character is only referred to in this episode but was seen briefly in the Morse episode, Second Time Around: Series 5, Episode 1. (for my review of this episode click HERE).
In this Endeavour episode he is mentioned during a interview of Derek Clark by Thursday and Morse. DI Fred Thursday says, ” I know you’ve already talked to DI Hillian from robbery”,(57m25s). In the Morse episode Hillian had risen to the dizzying heights of Assistant Commissioner which is the is the third highest rank in London’s Metropolitan Police.
Maurice Bush as Charlie Hillian. (Died: 1999) in the original Morse series.
Actors who appeared in the Endeavour Series 1, Episode 1 ‘Girl’ and/or Morse or Lewis.
Apart from Roger Allam there were four actors who appeared in this Endeavour episode who also appeared in Morse and/or Lewis series.
Firstly there was Albert Welling who played Wallace Clark in the Endeavour episode. He also appeared as Chris Stoneley in the Morse episode ‘The Last Enemy’, (series 3, episode 2).
Albert Welling (Born on February 29, 1952) as Wallace Clark in the Endeavour episode ‘Girl’.
Albert Welling as Chris Stonely in the Morse episode ‘The Last Enemy’
The second of the four actors is John Flanagan who plays Mr Greaves in the Endeavour episode and Tony Mangold, a college porter, in the Lewis episode, ‘Generation of Vipers’, (Series 6, episode 2).
John Flanagan (born on April 30, 1947) as Mr Greaves in the Endeavour episode ‘Girl’. (Mr Greaves was a victim of the Gas Meter thief)
John Flanagan on the right as college porter Tony Mangold in the Lewis episode ‘Generation of Vipers’.
The third actor is Bill Geraghty who played the gasman Watkins in the Endeavour episode and Jackson in the Lewis episode, ‘And the Moonbeams Kissed the Sea’. (series 2, episode 1).
Bill Geraghty (D.O.B. unknown) as the gasman, Watkins in the Endeavour episode ‘Girl’.
Bill Geraghty as the bookmaker in the Lewis episode, ‘And the Moonbeams Kissed the Sea’.
And lastly we have Greg Bennett who played a Police Constable not only in this episode of Endeavour but also in the episodes, ‘Trove’ (series 2, episode 1), ‘Home’ (series 1, episode 4), ‘Rocket’ (series 1, episode 3), and ‘Fugue’ (series 1, episode 2). He also appeared in three Lewis episodes, again, as a Police Constable, ‘Indelible Stain’ Series 6, episode 4), ‘Generation of Vipers’, (Series 6, episode 2) and The Great and the Good, (Series 2, episode 4).
Greg Bennett (D.O.B. unknown) as a PC in the Endeavour episode, ‘Girl’.
Greg Bennett as a PC in ‘Generation of Vipers’.
At the start of the episode we hear Mozart’s Mass No. 18 in C Minor K427 Kyrie sung by Sarah-Jane Brandon.
I couldn’t find a version with Sarah-Jane Brandon singing but here is another wonderful rendition.
At 18 minutes and 42 seconds we hear a piece familiar to those who watched the pilot episode of Endeavour. It is Janis Kelly singing Hab’mir’s gelobt from Der Rosenkavalier. This piece was played in the pilot episode supposedly sung by one of Endeavour’s favourite singers, Rosalind Calloway (Stromming was her married name) who went on to sign one of his albums which we also see in the pilot episode.
Colin Dexter makes his appearance at 42 minutes and 40 seconds in the dining hall.
Next up are two verbal connections to the original Morse series. The first is when Thursday and Morse are in the pub at 1 hour, 3 minutes and 56 seconds. Endeavour is about to leave in a rather foul mood when he turns to Thursday and says
Morse – “I’m a good detective”.
Thursday – “And a poor policeman. No one can teach you the first. Any fool can learn the second”.
This exchange refers to the Morse episode ‘Second Time Around’ (Series 5, Episode 1). In that episode Morse has joined Detective Chief Inspector Patrick Dawson’s wife Catherine for dinner at the Randolph Hotel;
John Thaw as Morse and Ann Bell as Catherine Dawson.
Catherine Dawson – “Thank you for agreeing to allow my husband to stay in Oxford, it was very good of you. Charlie meant a great deal to him.”
Morse – “I’m bound to say it was against my better judgement. We’re not exactly bosom friends. I don’t like the idea of not being trusted to do my job.”
Catherine Dawson – No, no you’d be wrong to believe that Inspector. Patrick thinks you’re a very good detective. Poor policeman but a very good detective.”
Morse – Really? Well, I suppose half a compliment is better than none.”
The second verbal clue and I know it’s rather tenuous but it is a link of sorts. In the Endeavour episode ‘Girl’ Morse is discussing with the Reverend Monkford about his bike and how it ended up next to a crime scene, (at 38 minutes and 45 seconds). The Reverend Monkford is also, like Morse, a fan of crossword puzzles but admits to being rather flummoxed with the crossword he is currently trying to solve. Endeavour helps him by telling him to concentrate on 11 down the clue for which is, ‘Running over a dune is an effort’. Answer, Endeavour. It’s an anagram of ‘over a dune’. How does this relate to a previous Morse episode? Well, in the Morse episode, ‘Death is now my Neighbour’ ( a Special and chronologically episode 31), Adele Ceil played by the beautiful Judy Loe asks what Morse’s Christian name is. Morse is reluctant to tell her but instead gives her a cryptic crossword clue, “A whole life’s effort has revolved around Eve”. Answer, Endeavour, an anagram of ‘around Eve’.
The fragrant Judy Loe with John Thaw in ‘Death is now my Neighbour’.
The White Horse pub in Oxford has turned up in many a Morse and Lewis episode and Endeavour is no different. It turns up twice in this episode.
Fred Thursday about to eat his sandwich.
The White Horse Pub.
As a postscript to this post there is another very tenuous link but all the same a link in the Endeavour episode, ‘Girl’. When Morse enters his flat we get a close up of his name on the side panel of the door. Above and below are two other names, ‘Gant’ and ‘M. French’.
There is a Matt Gant who worked as a Production Designer on this and three other Endeavour episodes, ‘Home, Rocket and Fugue. But he hasn’t worked on either Morse or Lewis. However, an M. French has done just that. The Dressing Props on the Endeavour episode ‘Girl’ was a Matt French who also worked on four episodes of Lewis as a stand in props; – ‘Falling Darkness’, (Series 4, episode 4), ‘Your Sudden Death Question’ (series 4, episode 3) ‘Dark Matter’ (series 4, episode 2), ‘The Dead of Winter (series 4, episode 1).
So, we come to the end of another post. I hope you enjoy it and a huge thank you for everyone’s support, likes and kind comments here and on Facebook. I am overwhelmed by people’s support and goodwill. It makes all the hard work worthwhile and it is great to know that there are a LOT of fans who like me enjoy and love the Morse universe.
I hope to get the part three of this series of posts up as soon as possible. As always if I have missed something or made an error please let me know via the comments section either here or Facebook.