Endeavour: Connections to Morse and Lewis, Part 9. ‘Ride’ (S3E1).


So my fellow Morseologists, (or would that be Morsologists? Probably.), welcome to part nine of my Endeavour connections. We are on the final straight and riding (pun intended) toward the last episode of the current series.

To enlarge the post and to make it even more interesting (assuming that it’s interesting to begin with  😉 ) I have mentioned various other events, that may you may find engaging, that I noticed in the episode.

As always let’s start with the man who made the Endeavour series possible,

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’.


First off we have a character from the Morse series mentioned but not actually seen in the Episode. Endeavour enters a room (at 9m10s) where Kay and Elva are listening to the Velvet Underground’s ‘Sunday Morning’ (more about this later) and a conversation ensues;

Kay – “Are you married?”

Endeavour – “No”.

Kay – “Good. I was hoping to fix Elva up with Julius Hanbury. (She picks up a magazine and shows it to Endeavour but we don’t get to see the picture she is showing him). But look, bagged by a bloody actress.”

Julius Hanbury is a character in the Morse Episode, ‘Ghost in the Machine’, (Series 3, Episode 1).


Michael Godley as Julius Hanbury in ‘Ghost in the Machine’.

Interesting to think that the snob and aloof Lady Hanbury played in the Morse episode by Patricia Hodge was an actress before marrying Julius.

Another character mentioned but not seen is from the Lewis episode, ‘Dead of Winter’, (Series 4, Episode 1). Near the end of the episode Kay Belborough mentions that they are off to Kenya and staying in a house owned by Guy Mortmaigne. The Mortmaigne family turn up not only in the Lewis episode but a later Endeavour episode, ‘Prey’. The character of Guy is not actually seen in the Lewis episode. More of that later when I do the post on the ‘Prey’ episode.

vlcsnap-2016-04-02-12h18m40s095Ben Lambert as Guy Mortmaigne in the Endeavour episode, ‘Prey’.

Last but certainly not least is the character of Anthony Donn. Endeavour shared a flat with Anthony Donn while at Oxford College. Anthony Donn appeared in the Morse episode, ‘Deceived by Flight’, (Series 3, Episode 3). In that episode he was played by Daniel Massey brother of Anna Massey who turned up in not only a Morse episode, ‘Happy Families’ but the Lewis pilot episode. In this episode he was played by Samuel Barnett.

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Samuel Barnett as the young Anthony Donn.

Actors who appeared in the Endeavour Series 3, Episode 1 ‘Ride’ and/or Morse or Lewis.

Firstly we have Hilton McRae who also appeared in the Lewis episode, ‘Counter Culture Blues’, (Series 3, Episode 4).

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Hilton McRae as The Great Zambezi in ‘Ride’.


Hilton McRae as Mack in ‘Counter Culture Blues’.

Next up we have Crystal Leaity who also appeared in the Lewis episode, ‘Intelligent Design’, (Series 7, Episode 3).

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Crystal Leaity as Roselle Branston in ‘Ride’.


Crystal Leaity as Rachel Cliff in the Lewis episode, ‘Intelligent Design’.

Thirdly we have Robin McCallum who had a bit part in another Lewis episode, ‘One For Sorrow’, (Series 9, Episode 2).

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Robin McCallum as the Bursar in ‘Ride’.


Robert McCallum as a doctor in the Lewis episode, ‘One For Sorrow’.

Finally, we have Janette Sharp as a police officer in the Lewis episode, ‘What Lies Tangled’, (Series 9, Episode 3). She also appeared not in this Endeavour episode as a funfair customer but she appeared as a customer in the episode, ‘Arcadia’. Sorry Janette if you’re reading this but I wasn’t sure who you were in the episode. If you do read this feel free to send a picture of yourself and I will upload it. 🙂


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Colin appears at 13 minutes and 20 seconds.


Well our old favourite Mozart’s Requiem appears again as it has done in many Endeavour episodes. Not complaining I could listen to it all day. It is played almost at the beginning of the episode.

We move on to pop music from the sixties. First up we have the wonderful Velvet Underground playing ‘Sunday Morning’ about nine minutes into the episode.

At about seventeen minutes into the episode we have a song I recognized but couldn’t put a name to the band. A bit of googling I found out it was The Electric Prunes playing the great song, ‘I had too much to dream (last night)’.

Now onto when Britain could win The Eurovision Song contest. The bare footed Sandie Shaw singing ‘Puppet on a String’ at about 29 minutes into the episode.

Next up in the episode was another great song by Skeeter Davis, ‘The End of the World’.

Back to classical music we get to here a small clip from Verdi’s opera ‘Rigoletto’ about 47 minutes into the episode. It is the final duet, ‘V’Ho Ingannato’.


When first visiting the house of Joss Bixby Endeavour notices a painting which he believes to be fake as he tells his host, ‘I’ve seen the real one in the Riijksmuseum’.


The famous Riijksmuseum is in Amsterdam. I recognized the painting and it is by Pieter Claesz and is titled Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario. Painted in 1628. Here it is below in all its glory.


 Vanitas Still Life with the Spinario by Pieter Claesz.


At 23 minutes Joss Bixby tells Endeavour, “If you can make one heap of all winnings and risk it all in one turn of pitch and toss”. Bixby is quoting from the famous poem ‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling. Complete poem below,


by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Part of the poem is also quoted by Lewis in the Morse episode, ‘The Way Through the Woods’. At of the end of the episode Morse and Lewis are discussing their feelings after the shooting. Morse turns to Lewis;

Morse – “The glass is always half-full to you isn’t Lewis”.

Lewis – “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, And treat those two impostors just the same”

Morse – “Kipling’.

Lewis – “No, All England Lawn Tennis Association, sir. It’s written up above the player’s entrance. Centre Court”.

Morse – “So it is”.

Strangely enough ‘A Way Through the Woods’ is the title of another Kipling poem.


Later on Bruce Belborough while being interviewed by Thursday about a found golf score card found near the victim’s body, paraphrases a quote normally attributed to Mark Twain; “I side with those who think it’s a good walk spoiled”.

The actual quote is “Golf is a good walk spoiled.”


There is a very subtly funny moment in the episode which was very reminiscent of John Thaw’s Morse. Here is the clip and see if you can see it before you look at my answer further down the page. 😉

Fred Thursday is looking through the dead girl’s handbag and starts to flick through her address book,


At the top you can see the name Helen Bater. A Helen Bater worked as production co-ordinator on the episode.

Next down there is a P. Hendricks. Try this on for tenuous; there was a Jeff Hendricks who won the Endeavour Award in 2014. The award celebrates public benefit aviation.

I couldn’t find anything that connected, no matter how tenuous, the name Hil. Redmond.


Back to the clip above and its funny moment. Did you notice Endeavour’s frustration at Thursday talking about his uncle. John Thaw’s Morse was forever showing frustration at Lewis’s stories of his very large group of relatives. Morse would usual give his trademark; “Leeeeewwwwwwis”.



Joss Bixby offers Endeavour this very sporty red jag. Need I say more. 🙂


There is a moment in the episode that is reminiscent of Endeavour’s arrival in Oxford after being drafted in from Carshall Newton Police Station. This is when Morse returns to Oxford to investigate the death of Jeannie Hearne.




In the episode Bixby comments, £If an East End barrow boy can become a world famous snapper…” I’m assuming he was referring to the photographer David Bailey.



The episode was of course redolent of Scott Fitzgerald’s novel ‘The Great Gatsby’. This has been mentioned elsewhere on the net so I will leave it there.


 The phrase, ‘A good detective but a poor policeman’ pops up again near the end of the episode. It was of course used in the original Morse episode, ‘Second Time around’.


Well, good folks that is the end of yet another post and hopefully you will find something of interest. Take care all of you.

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.

26 thoughts

  1. When I read the Hilton MacRae part, I said right out loud, ‘of course!’ I loved his character in the Lewis episode. He had some lovely scenes, and was so believable. I think the two Anthony Dons could very easily be younger and older versions. They each have a vulnerability and a kind of wistfulness. I left a comment elsewhere about Samuel Barnett – that I had just seen him in The History Boys. Such a good actor. “If” is one of my favorite poems. Still so much wisdom after all these years. And I love how Morse doesn’t make fun of Lewis in the scene. And then puts his arm around him. Such tenderness. I also love the scene between Massey and Thaw. It may be one of my favorites of the whole Morse series. And yes, I did spot Endeavour’s frustration. Just great. By the way, I just finished the DVDs of Endeavour, and if anyone has them and hasn’t yet watched the extras, they are fantastic. The actors know their characters so well. I was charmed by all of them. Thank you, as always. This was wonderful.

    1. Hi Nan, I hope you are well. Re’ The History Boys, was that the film or the Alan Bennett stage play you saw? You are so right regarding the moment Morse puts an arm across Lewis’s chest, it is a lovely gesture and a nice touch for the end of the episode.

  2. Perfect…….my favourite Endeavour story and your review…..Spot on as always, Ive done a lot of research on this one myself…I think we tally on most.!! Loved the music, look on Tunefind..slightly different versions mentioned…also, I noticed an instrumental version of Concrete & Clay……A million Thank Yous for all you do, as always …a labour of love…Even watched The Great Gatsby…so many threads form that in Ride….

    1. Glad you liked it Sue. I don’t think any of the two films of the Great Gatsby have done the novel justice but if I had to choose one I think the Robert Redford version came the closest.

  3. Your review is such a good read, you always know what to comment on, things that have puzzled me you answer, wonderful, thank you so much.

    1. Hi Sheila. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It’s always nice to read that I have managed to add something new to a reader’s enjoyment of the episode. Thank you for your lovely comment.

  4. No idea about the Hil. Redmond – all I can think about is Phil Redmond, writer of Brookside/Hollyoaks/Grange Hill, but he has no connection to Morse that I can find. But have you noticed the crossed out “Harry Rosenberg(?)” above shares the same number; 4612? And Hil. Redmond is in lower case but the others are in capitals. I suppose fans of some other series might not notice such trivia, but it’s meat and drink to our lot!
    And one thing I’d like to add to other people’s observations on the change from the young Endeavour to the older Morse – I may be imagining it, and should probably check myself, but is the tapping-while-thinking fairly constant? You know, when he suddenly jabs a pen down before shouting “that’s it!”
    Keep up the excellent work.

    1. Hi Rhoda. Ah Grange Hill that brings back memories. I couldn’t find anything on the name Harry Rosenburg that connected it to the Morse universe. That’s a good point regrading the tapping. I hadn’t noticed that. But the older Morse never did that. However, we all had habits in our youth which disappear in later life. Thank you for commenting Rhoda (I had a crush on Valerie Harper in my youth) and I hope you enjoy the rest of my blog.

      1. Oh Chris, I have to say that knowing who Valerie Harper is puts you on the older level of anyone I tell my name to! I found a Harry (Max) Rosenberg at Oxford, 1922-89, who could have been a contemporary and friend of Mr Dexter, but that is stretching it. And the youthful tapping of Endeavour Morse could become the crossword pen scribbling of the older one, which we then see Lewis having to decipher as “polo not king after all.”

    2. I wondered if you would know who Valerie Harper was. 🙂 Very true regarding Morse’s scribbling which would of course infuriate Lewis in the pilot episode of the eponymous series.

  5. The first name that caught my attention in this episode was the name Kay. Anthony Don’s wife in Deceived by Flight was Kay. Second marriage for her, or a different Kay?

  6. Rewatching after finishing the fourth season. Thank you for all the time and reasearch you put into,these posts. Regarding your observations on Kipling’s If, I noticed this time around that it is the poem hand written in the borrowed scrapbook of Endevour looks through.

  7. The Massachusetts couple in “Nocturne” do not speak with a Massachusetts’ accent. Their accent swings from Western to Southern to mid Western during their dialogues but at no time do they sound like New England ers!

  8. The brother swap idea was used in the ‘The Dead of Jericho’. The brothers are named (in the novel) Charles and Conrad. An abbreviation of Charles is Chas, which sounds similar to Joss (or at least you can see how Lewis jumped from Chas to Jas, an abbreviation of James to Joss). Sorry if you mentioned this before.

  9. The car you identify as a Jag is a Porsche.

    Do you know what Tony is driving.

    Thank you for an informative article.

  10. Hi, the red car you describe as a Jag looks more like a Porsche to me. Thanks for an interesting set of articles.

  11. Concerning the car, not sure about the model either. The Jag E Type from the relevant years I found have different headlights, while Porsche 911 has those right but not the silver ridge down the bonnet. Car nerds around to solve the mystery?
    A very good reading, this blog entry! Thanks a lot.

  12. I did not read thoroughly through every comment, but the red car that Bixby offered morse is not a Jag, it is a Porsche…

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