Endeavour: Connections to Morse and Lewis; Part 8. ‘Sway’ (S2E3) & ‘Neverland’ (S2E4)



Hello you ‘Dexterous’ fans of all things Morse. Well here we are at the penultimate episode of the second series and i’m afraid it is somewhat barren of connections. For that reason I have made this a double post by including Episode 4 ‘Neverland’.

The first connection, as always, is the writer, Russell Lewis who wrote and devised the Endeavour series.

He has also written the following Lewis episodes;

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’.


I couldn’t find any characters, apart from the usual suspects of Jim Strange and Max De Bryn, who connected Endeavour to either the original Morse series or Lewis.

Actors who appeared in the Endeavour Series 2, Episode 3 ‘Sway’ and/or Morse or Lewis.

Three actors in this category. Firstly, Paul Lacoux who plays the store detective, Mr Jellicoe.


Paul Lacoux as Mr Jellicoe the store detective.


Paul Lacoux as the journalist Hugo Blayne in the Lewis episode, ‘Beyond Good and Evil’ (Series 8, Episode 3).

Next up we have Brian Lipson. Brian played the character of the blind piano tuner, Talfryn Pugh. In the Morse episode, ‘Who Killed Harry Field’ he played a lawyer.

Brian lipson as Talfryn Pugh

Brian Lipson as Talfryn Pugh in Endeavour.

brian lipson as mccabe

Brian Lipson as a lawyer in the Morse episode, ‘Who Killed Harry Field’, (Series 5, Episode 3)

Lastly but probably more recognizable to fans of the original Morse series is Michael Thomas. Michael played Rufus Haldane in the Endeavour episode while in the Morse episode, ‘Ghost in the Machine’ he played the character of the gardener, John McKendrick.


Michael Thomas as Rufus Haldane in the Endeavour episode.


Michael Thomas as the gardener in the Morse episode, ‘Ghost in the Machine’.


The Music playing at the start of the episode is the wonderful ‘Lacrimosa’ from Mozart’s Requiem. When I heard it I was sure it had been used in a Morse episode but if it was I can’t find it, as yet, on a Morse episode. If anyone of course does know please tell me via the comments section below. Listen to the piece below.

However, I do know that in one of Colin Dexter’s novels, ‘The Way Through the Woods’ Morse lists his five favourite recordings of Mozart’s Requiem. The five are all vinyl recordings and are thus;


Helmuth Rilling (Masterworks)


H. Von Karajan. (Deutsche Grammophon)

schmidt gaden

Schmidt-Gaden. (Pro Arte)


Victor De Sabata. (Everest)


Karl Reichter. (Telefunken)




Colin on a bus at 13 minutes and 31 seconds into the episode.


The advertising poster of Diana Day, who appeared in the Endeavour episode ‘Trove’, makes another appearance. This time is has been defaced even further.


And so we march onto the final episode of the second series.



As with the previous episode, beyond the usual suspects there are no characters who will make an appearance in the either Lewis or the original Morse.

Actors who appeared in the Endeavour Series 2, Episode 3 ‘Sway’ and/or Morse or Lewis.

Firstly we have Oliver Lansley who played Benny Topling in the Endeavour episode.


Oliver Lansley as the ventriloquist Benny Topling.


Oliver Lansley as David Capstone in the Lewis episode, ‘What Lies Tangled’, (Series 9, Episode 3).

Next we have James Wilby who apart from being in this Endeavour episode also appeared in a Lewis episode.


James Wilby as ACC Clive Deare in the Endeavour episode, ‘Neverland’.


James Wilby as Hugh Mallory in the Lewis episode, ‘Expiation’, (Series 1, Episode 3)

Next up we have Abby Ford who like many of the Endeavour actors appeared in a Lewis episode.


Abby Ford as Mona Cork in ‘Neverland’.


Abby Ford as Isabel Dawson in the Lewis episode ‘Quality of Mercy’, (Series 3, Episode 2)

Paul Ridley appears in the Endeavour episode and the Morse episode ‘Service of All the Dead’. His role in the Morse episode creates a problem because his character is simply described as ‘husband’. I have been through the Morse episode a few times and i’m not sure who the ‘husband’ is. So, because of that I haven’t included a picture form the Morse episode. Sorry Paul, but if you read this let me know where you are in the Morse episode. 😉


Paul Ridley as Dr. Jasper Fairbridge in ‘Neverland’.

Next up we have the Scottish actor Gordon Kennedy. Gordon also appeared, briefly, in the Morse episode, ‘The Settling of the Sun’.


Gordon Kennedy as Alderman Gerald Wintergreen in ‘Neverland’.

gordon kennedy

That’s Gordon Kennedy behind Morse’s left shoulder in, ‘The Settling of the Sun’, (Series 2, Episode 3). His character is known as ‘Dewar’s Detective’.

Steve Munroe appeared in this episode and the Lewis episode, ‘Entry Wounds’, (Series 8, Episode 1). However, Steve is an extra and is credited in Neverland as Police Officer. In the Lewis episode he is, ‘Pool Caretaker’.


Here’s Steve holding the gate for Lewis and Hathaway. Sorry, Steve this is the best shot I could get. Unfortunately, I couldn’t pick Steve out as a police officer in the Endeavour episode so i’m afraid, no picture.

There are a few actors who connect Endeavour episodes. First up is Nick Waring as the Force Medical Examiner.


Nick Waring as the Force Medical Examiner.

Nick also appeared in the Endeavour episode, ‘Trove’.

Simon Kunz plays  DI Bart Church. We met this character firstly in the episode, ‘Nocturne’. In ‘Neverland’ he warns Thursday to watch his back.


Simon Kunz as  DI Bart Church.


One of the main pieces of music used in the episode is Bachs’ Chorale from St Matthew’s Passion. This music is also used in the Morse episode, ‘Absolute Conviction’, (Series 6, Episode 4), though it is a different section of the piece that is used.


Diana Day’s advertising poster makes yet another appearance but it will be its last as we see it being covered up by a new poster.


Fighting cancer is better than eating Grimsby’s Pilchards. 😉

At 32 minutes into the episode when Endeavour and Thursday are sitting in the pub, Thursday is talking of possibly retiring. He tells Morse he will find him someone suitable to mentor him and mentions, McNutt. The character of McNutt of course turns up in the Morse episode, ‘Masonic Mysteries’, (Series 4, Episode 4). In that episode he is no longer a police officer but a man of the cloth.

I’m hoping we get to meet McNutt in the next series of Endeavour. In the Morse episode McNutt was played by the Scottish actor, Iain Cuthbertson.

Max, the pathologist, delivers a line that was also used in the Morse episode, ‘Second Time Around’.

In the Morse episode the conversation is being held in the mortuary. The pathologist is being played by Peter Waddington.

Pathologist – There could have been a struggle. He fell. When his head hit the floor, whammo! Lights out.”

Morse – “Time of death?”

Pathologist – One, one-thirty.”

Morse – “Thank you. Lights out? Whammo? Are those medical terms doctor?”

Pathologist – “I prefer to keep things simple Chief Inspector. Especially when dealing with policemen.”

That last line is said almost word for word by Max when talking to Endeavour at 13 minutes and 53 seconds into the episode.

Very interestingly at 1 hour and 21 minutes into the ‘Neverland’ episode, Endeavour quotes from the A.E.Houseman poem, ‘May’;

Ensanguining the skies
How heavily it dies
Into the west away;
Past touch and sight and sound
Not further to be found,
How hopeless under ground
Falls the remorseful day.

Of course, Morse quotes this piece of poetry to Lewis as they sit drinking in the final Morse episode, Remorseful Day.

If that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye you are a stronger person than me.



Colin and companion appear at 28 seconds. Speaking of his companion, does anybody know who she is? She was also with Colin in the previous episode sitting alongside him on the bus. Is she his nurse, friend, carer?

So, that brings us to the end of the second series. Next up, of course, the third and latest series. Hope this post finds you all well.

To view previous posts go to the top of the page and click on the page named, ‘Quick Links to my blog posts’. There you will find all previous posts regarding Endeavour connections plus of course all other posts I have written.



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.

22 thoughts

  1. Just watching the DVD of Life Begins, and there is an actress who was SO familiar to me. I looked her up on imdb, and sure enough, it is Abby Ford.

  2. In Neverland, at about 7:23 in the British edition, in describing what Tommy likes to do with his time, Jakes says, “Putting in windows and knock-down ginger’s more in Tommy’s line.”

    Does anyone know what “Putting in windows” is? I found, “knock-down ginger.” It is a pastime where children ring someone’s doorbell and run away before the person opens the door. Nowhere could I find, “putting in windows.”

  3. I have had a difficult time understanding why Season 2 Episode 3 is called Sway until I found a copy of the script on lime

    Instead of the smooth jazz that plays from about 0:00:40 to 2:27 in the PBS “British version” The script calls for the popular song “Sway,” usually sung by Dean Martin. The particular words lyrics heard are:

    Like a flower bending in the breeze
    Bend with me Sway with ease
    When you dance you have a way with me
    Sway with me Sway with me
    Other dancers may be on the floor
    Dear, but my eyes will see only you
    Only you have that magic technique
    When we Sway I go weak
    I can hear the sounds of violins
    Long before it begins
    Make me thrill as only you know how
    Sway me smooth Sway me now
    Other dancers may be on the floor
    Dear but my eyes will see only you
    Only you have that magic technique
    When we Sway I go weak.

    This recurs every time the smooth jazz plays in the episode. This gives the episode a slightly different character empathizing how people “sway” off their moral compass in love and otherwise in the case of Luisa and the killer. It reminds be of a comment from an FBI agent I met. Most criminals are decent people who have swayed away from the right path due to financial or social or some other kind of pressure. Only a very few are truly evil and will always try to do the wrong thing.

    Less important but interesting is that at Thursday’s Anniversary party, the music played after his speech is supposed to be “You Were Meant for Me” by Freddy and the Dreamers, but instead it some nondescript 60’s style instrumental dance music.

    These musical choices didn’t make the final cut, possibly for financial or copyright reasons.

  4. As someone says “Neverland” is a difficult episode to watch with the horrors of the defunct boys correctional facility, Blenheim Vale. Threatening to overshadow Lewis episode “Fearful Symmetry” are the hints about the now abandoned Boxgrove, a home for (?not sure of the correct term) children. Of course, Russell Lewis is the writer of both episodes.

  5. Just got done watching “Sway” two little predictors of Neverland I’d missed. The stockboy that was killed went to school at Blenheim Vale and there is a remark something like who knows what that was like and then when Endeavour speaks of alpha and Omega and says to Jakes didn’t you go to Sunday School and he’s says something like you’ve no idea where I grew up. Much more significant AFTER watching Neverland.

  6. I don’t suppose anyone knows which recording of Lacrimosa was used in this episode? They didn’t say in the end credits. I want to get a CD of Requiem Mass in D Minor, but haven’t been impressed by a lot of the recordings I’ve listened to. I like the one that was used in Sway, though, so I’m looking for that one,

      1. Oh, that is nice that you have made a list of all the songs. I will definitely have to go through and listen to all of them now. Alas, whoever uploaded the video to YouTube did not say which recording it is, either. I’m sure I’ll find it eventually though. 😉

  7. When Thursday and Morse are talking about Aldridge having spent time in Blenheim Vale boy’s home, they mention that the home closed in 1955 with the opening of Boxgrove, the children’s home that featured in the Lewis episode “Fearful Symmetry”.

  8. The second record cover that you show (above), Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Privilege label, does not feature Mozart’s Requiem. Morse must be a real connoisseur of the Requiem, to have listened to more than five recordings and preferred those five to any of the others. I’m sure they would all sound the same to me. He could not have made his choices by listening to the records in a record shop or on Radio 3; he would need to listen to each one more than once, surely. That means he must have bought just about every version available and listened to them at home several times before making his mind up. I wonder what he did with the rejects. Charity shop?

  9. Morse interviews Landesman twice. First while Landesman is having his lunch. Landesman asks Morse more questions than Morse asks Landesman. Morse says he wants to ask Landesman about the journalist Patterson, whom he might have met at the Widows and Orphans Gala. Landesman says he has no recollection of him. End of interview. Landesman is remarkably pleasant during this interruption to his meal. The second interview takes place on the golf course. Standish asks Morse what it’s about. Morse replies that it’s about George Aldridge. He asks Landesman if he knew him. He replies that he didn’t. End of interview. Landesman was not so pleasant this time, and I can’t blame him. Would any self-respecting policeman really go so far as to interrupt a man’s lunch and game of golf to ask one question that could have as well been asked over the telephone? As a plot device to show that Standish and Chard had good reason to find Morse an irritant, I have to accept it. But I can’t believe that any policeman would behave this way.

  10. At his first examination of Patterson, by the railway line, Max DeBryn suggests that he (Patterson) might have fallen from a train: “He could have leant out of the window … door’s come open and … goodnight, Irene.” This is a reference to the song “Goodnight, Irene” first recorded by American blues musician Huddie ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter in 1933.
    DeBryn gives a really good pun at the autopsy of Patterson. He referred to the TB scarring of his lungs as “the phlegm fatale”.
    Wintergreen gave a Biblical reference when he said, “But I’ll tell you what I put a price on far beyond rubies: my good name.” This is almost the KJV quotation: Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
    (Proverbs 31:10) or “for the price of wisdom is above rubies.” (Job 28:18). It’s a pity he didn’t get it quite right in either case.

  11. With reference to my earlier comment about the Mozart Requiem, I’ve had the thought that perhaps Oxford’s library lent records as well as books in Morse’s day.

Leave a Reply