Endeavour: Connections to Morse and Lewis; Part 2. ‘Girl’. (S1E1)

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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).

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Albert Welling (Born on February 29, 1952) as Wallace Clark in the Endeavour episode ‘Girl’.

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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).

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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)

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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).

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Bill Geraghty (D.O.B. unknown) as the gasman, Watkins in the Endeavour episode ‘Girl’.

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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).

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Greg Bennett (D.O.B. unknown) as a PC in the Endeavour episode, ‘Girl’.

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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.

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.

rosaline stromming


Colin Dexter makes his appearance at 42 minutes and 40 seconds in the dining hall.

colin in endeavour girl episode

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.

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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’.

gant and 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.



Author: Chris Sullivan

Up until a few years ago I was my mum's full time carer. She died in, 2020, of Covid. At the moment I am attempting to write a novel.

37 thoughts

  1. Excellent as always, great detection on your part..hugely readable….we all love the Morse universe…..!

  2. I just watched ‘Girl’ (for the second time) and came back here to read this great entry. It is rather like something I did last year – I watched all of Morse and after each episode went to the David Bishop book and read the entry. Both your blog and his book are so very helpful. Thanks so much.

  3. Great post on an excellent blog. Wasn’t Monkford also the surname of the execrable fraudster/fugitive who ran down Lewis’ wife Val? If the Reverend is C of E, could have been a son.

    1. Hi Dan. Welcome to my blog and thank you for the lovely comment. You are right regarding Monkford. When I was writing this post I also thought that their might be a connection but for one reason or another, (I can’t remember what exactly), I decided it wasn’t feasible. I hope you enjoy the rest of my blog.

  4. Please, please – who is the woman who’s singing we can hear in the bar ??? She is fabulous!

  5. I compared Hab’mir’s gelobt from Der Rosenkavalier to what is in “Girl” at around that time point, and it is not the same. For one thing, Hab’mir’s gelobt from Der Rosenkavalier is a trio and the opera at that point is a solo for female voice. The opera in Endeavour is in the Bel Canto style and I believe it is being sung in Italian. Hab’mir’s gelobt from Der Rosenkavalier is a Romantic style music and it is in German. I am sorry but your citation for this is incorrect.

      1. Hello, Fred and Chris,

        I think Fred means Abigaille’s aria “Anch’io dischiuso un giorno” from Verdi’s _Nabucco_. I wrote about it somewhere on this blog when I’d enquired of the soprano singing the excerpt, which is not credited at the end, unlike the Mozart excerpt. IIRC the DVD subtitles fail to mention the source of this Verdi opera.

  6. Thank you, A. B. This one has been really getting to me because it sounded very familiar and I just couldn’t place it. Unlike most TV shows or even movies, the music in Endeavour usually means more than just mood music, it helps to illustrate the plot and often foretells what is to come. The aria is sung by a Babylonian princess Abigaille, who is in love with the Israeli leader. He is, of course, in love with a different Babylonian princess that is being held captive by the Israelis and suddenly we have an Italian style love triangle in the the middle east. Most of the opera is taken up with Abigaille’s attempts to have the other princess killed so she can win the love of the Israeli leader. Makes sense, right?
    In this aria, Abigaille is singing of her unrequited love for Ismaele. Later in the opera Abigaille makes a nearly successful attempt to kill Fenena, her rival for Ismaele’s affections. Coming as it does during the murder of Dr. Cartwright, the aria is a comment and foreshadowing of the love triangle between Dr. Cartwright, his wife, Helen Cartwright, and her sister Pamela. Although Helen does not attempt to murder Pamela she is nearly successful in taking Pamela’s (and Dr. Cartwright’s) child away from Pamela. Not exactly murder, but if you ask a mother, it is pretty close.

    So understanding the musical references is an important part of fully appreciating these episodes.

    1. Wow! I now wonder if we should get back to the pilot episode’s plot as well, since the aria, if I’m not mistaken, is featured on Mrs Stromming’s LP album 😊

      I think that the opening of the extract does indeed sound like that of the _Rosenkavalier_ trio, and it wouldn’t be surprising if we ever discover that Strauss had this _Nabucco_ aria in mind, since he was a greater admirer of Verdi, esp. _Falstaff_.

  7. I do not recall it in the pilot, but there is so much in these episodes that It can be easy to miss something. I hadn’t known that Strauss was an admirer of Verdi, but it would make sense. His Italian song in Rosenkavalier shows he could write like Verdi if he chose. I admit there is a similarity to the first vocal line in the Trio. I actually listened to it several times before I felt entirely certain that it was not what was being sung in the episode.

    1. Hi Fred. Sorry to have confused you, but I meant that the _Nabucco_ aria is included on the LP album of Mrs Stromming which first appears in the pilot, the one that has the _Butterfly_ aria. We see the album cover again in “Girl” and hear the Verdi aria being played while Morse is shaving. I had the theme of disguise in mind: Mrs Stromming dressing up as the victim and Abigaille (a slave) pretending to be Nabucco’s other daughter.

  8. Yes, we would assume it is in the LP because we see the LP when it is being sung in Girl. But this is, unfortunately, a fictitious LP. Janis Kelly is a new name for me and I love her voice. I would certainly welcome a CD of just her singing these different arias in complete versions and other selections. I saw that there was a CD planned of Endeavour selections, but unfortunately it by different artists.

  9. In the final scene at the bus station, Pamela Walters says that she will take her son ‘somewhere far away… beyond (her sister and father’s) reach’. As they walk around the front of the bus, a number of destinations are visible on a sign, including Newcastle. http://i.imgur.com/Aqmvmrhl.png

    It’s pure surmise, but could little Bobby have grown up in Newcastle with a mother who respected the police?

      1. I had this thought too but the boy is too young, he would have to have been school age for that to work.

  10. no one yet has mentioned something I noted (or thought I did) in the first series of Endeavour. I think the episode is ‘Girl’, involving a young single mother amongst myriad plot strands. At the end of the episode, Morse escorts the mother to the bus station as she has decided to move away and ‘make a new life’ for her and her young son. I couldn’t help but notice that not only is her baby called Bobby (not a million miles from ‘Robbie’) but that her choice of destination for their new life is… Newcastle! Could this baby grow up to follow in the footsteps of his mother’s knight in shining armour and even come under his tutelage as Robbie Lewis?

  11. IMO your recognition of the crossword anagram connection is most valid, and is buttressed by the choice of “an effort” in both clues.

  12. Why is the LP of Rosalind Calloway not signed with the dedication to Morse as it was in the pilot episode? [at about 19:55 into the episode]

      1. After a couple more views of the unsigned LP in episodes after Girl, the LP is back to being signed in Season 5 Episode 3 when Trewlove sees it in a street side display at a record store. Guess they needed to show definitively that it was Morse’s copy that was stolen from his flat.

  13. Thanks for this, really well done on the connections. I do have a question: Do you know if DCI Dawson has appeared on Endeavor yet? I recall that he and Morse had worked together long ago (As was mentioned on the Morse episode, Second Time Around) and thought he may pop up in an Endeavor episode. I’ve watched through season seven and don’t believe I’ve seen him yet, I may have missed it though. Thanks Chris for your diligent research!

    1. Hi Blake and welcome to my website. Patrick Dawson turned up in the episode Passenger, series 5, episode 3.

  14. I so enjoy the series in the Morse Universe. Your efforts (I really wanted to say endeavors but no pun is intended) on these posts are still very much appreciated by this reader, even though they are eons old (six years and counting) in terms of the internet blogosphere. They have aged wonderfully well and I am working my way through them again, now that I know the Morse and Lewis and Endeavour episodes so much better than when I first read your postings many years ago. I hope that you are as proud of your work as those of us who enjoy it would like you to be. Cheers and thank you for the hours of reading enjoyment.

  15. I wondered if anyone else thought the young male student in the Harry Potter specs was a bit of a shout out to Morse’s first episode, Dead of Jericho? He bore more than a passing resemblance to *that* student whom Anne Stavely looked after.

  16. Sean Rigby seems a bit too young as Strange. He’s 62 years younger than James Grout, which (relatively speaking) makes him 16 years younger compared with when Strange was in “Inspector Morse”. Strange is supposed to be Morse’s superior / senior officer, but now he’s about the same age (or even younger).

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