Endeavour: Connections to Morse and Lewis, Part 11. ‘Prey’ (S3E3)

Prey titleTyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

William Blake

Hello Mateys and welcome to the penultimate post in this series of connections in the Morse universe. Well what a journey it has been over the last eleven posts. Sad to think that the next will be the last…until next year when we will of course get the fourth series.

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’.


This is rather repetitive for those who have read the previous posts but I think worth mentioning for anyone who finds this post before reading the others. The characters from Morse or Lewis who turn up in Endeavour are Max De Bryn who plays the pathologist and James Strange who in this episode is now DS Strange but will of course become Chief Superintendent Strange in the original Morse series.

Unusually, a character from episodes of Lewis turns up in Endeavour and that is the father of James Hathaway, Philip Hathaway.

phillip hathaway

Rob Callender as the young Philip Hathaway in the Endeavour episode.


Nicholas Jones as the older Philip Hathaway in the Lewis episode One for Sorrow (Series 9, Episode 1).

No other overlapping characters appear in this episode but of course the Mortmaigne family did turn up in the Lewis episode, The Dead of Winter. We learned from that particular episode that Philip Hathaway became the Estate Manager at Crevecoeur Hall. More of this later.

There is a Professor Kemp in this episode.


Professor Kemp the pathologist played by Hugh Simon.

There was also a Professor Kemp in the Morse episode, The Wolvercote Tongue, (Series 2, Episode 1).

simon callow

Professor Theodore Kemp in the Morse episode, The Wolvercote Tongue. Played by the wonderful Simon Callow.

There is no connection as far as I am aware. Apart from the fact that they are both odious characters.

A character of sorts turned up in this episode. That character is the location of Wytham Woods. Wytham Woods is mentioned in a few episodes of Morse but it’s actual location wasn’t used until the Morse episode, A Way Through the Woods, (Episode 29 chronologically). Not surprisingly the creator of the Endeavour series, Russell Lewis, wrote the Morse episode, A Way Through the Woods. 

wytham woods

copyright; Google maps.

Actors who appeared in the Endeavour Series 3, Episode 3, Prey and/or Morse or Lewis.

Well, well, well this has to be a first. No actors in this episode have appeared in either Morse or Lewis. Quickly, moving on.



I couldn’t find Colin anywhere else in this episode. This is the best guess I can make but this is as clear a picture we can get in this scene.


At the beginning of the episode we get Bach’s Mass in B Minor: Agnus Dei.

Up next at 14 minutes and 49 seconds is a piece by Dvorak. Slavonice Dances, Op.72:No. 2 in E minor: Allegretto grazioso.

At 29 mnutes and 34 seconds we get a short burst of Mozart’s Don Giovanni playing on Dr Moxham’s (Moxhem?) radio in Whytham Woods.

Up next is one of my favourite composers, Eric Satie. In this episode we hear at 58 minutes and 42 seconds, Satie’s Gnossienne No. 2 (Lent).

Please listen to all seven parts of Satie’s Gnossienne and you will by the end wonder how something so beautiful can live in a world that at times be so ugly. Also listen to Satie’s Gymnopedie, you will not be disappointed.


Russell Lewis has a lot of fun in this episode by referencing Steven Speilberg’s 1975 classic film, Jaws. There is actually two scenes which are reminiscent of Jaws. Here they are below.

Also worth noting is that the name of the girl in Endeavour is Cassie Watkins and the name of the girl who goes swimming in Jaws is Chrissie Watkins.

Another film reference is based on the Steven Speilberg film, ‘Jurassic Park’.


At one hour and 7 minutes, Turnbull while being interviewed by Endeavour and Thursday says, “Old Tom was chiming ten by the time I got back into town”. ‘Old Tom’ refers to Tom Tower that is a bell tower in Oxford, named for its bell, Great Tom. It is over Tom Gate, on St Aldates, the main entrance of Christ Church, Oxford, which leads into Tom Quad.


Tom Tower seen from St Aldates.

Endeavour comes across a book in Dr. Hector Lorenz’s house titled, The Leopard Men of West Africa.


The book appears to be a mock up specifically for the show. The only book I could find of a similar nature was, Man-Leopard Murders: History and Society in Colonial Nigeria by one David Pratten. The book’s blurb states that, “This book is an account of murder and politics in Africa, and an historical ethnography of southern Annang communities during the colonial period. Its narrative leads to events between 1945 and 1948 when the imperial gaze of police, press and politicians was focused on a series of mysterious deaths in south-eastern Nigeria attributed to the ‘man-leopard society’.”

In this episode Strange and Endeavour are having a drink in the pub. When Endeavour notices that Strange is drinking lager he states that he used to be a Farmer’s beer drinker. Farmer’s beer is mentioned in the Morse episode, Sins of the Fathers. Farmer’s brewery is attempting to buy Radford Breweries.

Speaking of the scene where Strange and Endeavour are drinjking, it is reminiscent of a scene in the Morse episode, A Way Through the Woods. (There’s that episode again).

 I mentioned above that the location of Wytham Woods was a character that has appeared in a Morse episode. Well, another location in this episode also appeared in a Lewis episode, Crevecoeur Hall.

crevecouer hall

Crevecoeur Hall is actually Rousham House and Gardens, Rousham, Bicester.

crevecouer hall2

copyright of Google maps.

Now that we are on the subject of Crevecoeur Hall then let us talk about the Mortmaigne family. The Mortmaigne family also turned up in the Lewis episode, The Dead of Winter, (Series 4, Episode 1). I have been trying to piece together the family tree to this family and the following is the best I could do. The Earl of Mortmaigne Hall had four children;

Guy Mortmaigne played Ben Lambert

guy mortmaigne

Georgina Mortmaigne played by Stefanie Martini

georgina mortmaigne

Julia Mortmaigne played by Amy McCallum

julia mortmaigne

and finally Augustus Mortmaigne who we don’t see in the Prey episode played by Richard Johnson in the Lewis episode.


Guy Mortmaigne states in the Endeavour episode that he is a ‘spare’ which will be a reference to the phrase, ‘heir and a spare’. This ‘spare’ is the second son who is Guy. In the Endeavour episode, Ride, Kay Belborough mentions that they are off to Kenya and staying in a house owned by Guy Mortmaigne. Is it possible that this is where Augustus Mortmaigne was during the time of the Endeavour episode?

Augustus had two children, Scarlett with his now dead wife, Jocinta and Titus with his current wife, Selena.


Scarlett played by Camilla Arfwedson


Titus played by Jonathan Bailey


Selena, Augustus’s current wife.

Then there is Philip Coleman the nephew of Augustus.

philip coleman

Philip Coleman played by Nathaniel Parker

Can we assume that Philip Coleman’s mother was Julia Mortmaigne? She does have a baby in the Prey episode. It is possible that Julia remarried someone by the name of Coleman. The Endeavour episode Prey is set in 1967 and the Lewis episode is set around 2009/10. So, that would make the Julia’s baby around 42/43. That would fit with Philip Coleman’s possible age. Unfortunately, in the Lewis episode there is no mention of Guy, Julia or Georgina but that is to be expected as Russell Lewis did write the Lewis episode some six years before the Endeavour episode.

(As a postscript to the above, Jess a reader of my blog quite rightly pointed out that the baby’s name in this episode is Milo not Philip. So, is Philip, as Jess remarked, Milo’s half brother, Julia possibly remarrying sometime later? What happened to baby Milo?)

 Let’s finish on a funny note with the house warming gift that Strange gives to Endeavour.

strange's house warming gift for morse

I literally laughed out loud when Endeavour opened this ‘gift’. If you want to buy that actual album then head over to Amazon. Click here to see the album on Amazon.

Well it is 1:50am and I am at that point where I will need matchsticks to keep my eyes open. I hope you are all well and enjoyed something in the post. Take care.


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.

64 thoughts

  1. Captivated, as always by your posts ! Can I suggest that Guy Motmaigne, as the youngest , might also have been at boarding school !

    1. Hi Françoise. I’m sorry i’m not sure what you mean about Guy. The Guy character was in the Endeavour episode. If you meant Augustus then he was older than Guy. Augustus was the heir while being the second born Guy was the ‘spare’. Or I am missing your point? Sorry, if I am.

  2. Youve cracked the Mortmaignes.!! I made my own notes, watching Dead of Winter, and Prey.A superb blog, your best so far, I think. Thanks for all the hard work you do for us all, much enjoyed and reflected on ….

  3. Sorry about my previous comment about Guy Mortmaigne. I had not heard the remark about Kenya before today. I only just got the dvds of season 3 today !

  4. Sorry again, I mixed up Guy and Augustus, forget about it all. But thank you again for your posts !

  5. Wonderful post, as every one is! I so don’t like Scarlett for her meanness to dear Hathaway. The first time I saw Prey, I was so delighted to see the connections to Lewis! The Bach is very, very beautiful. Thank you again for your good work on this blog.

  6. I had William Blake’s “Tyger, Tyger” going through my mind as I watched “Prey.” I guess Endeavour is “song of innocence” and Inspector Morse, the “song of experience.” 😉 What a beautifully detailed article you wrote tying all the series of Morse, Lewis, and Endeavour together! I wondered if Hathaway in Prey was releated to DS Hathaway of Inspector Lewis (I have to admit, I haven’t watched Inspector Lewis repeatedly as I do Endeavour and Inspector Morse.) So thank you for answering my question. I’m scared to see what happens to Thursday; I’m nervous that I saw some foreshadowing of his upcoming death in the next episode.

    1. Hi Amanda. Loved your Blake reference to the young and older Morse and very appropriate. I’m glad you enjoyed my article. Of course I won’t spoil what happens in the next episode.but just let you know I have written about the connections of that episode to Morse and Lewis and can be found on this blog.

      1. Hi Julia and thanks for commenting. Regarding your comment I have mentioned that particular connection in my post. Enjoy the rest of my blog.

  7. I’m so thrilled I discovered your blog quite by accident. I watch Endeavour and Morse episodes repeatedly. All your background information is amazing. Thanks for all your hard work.

  8. Julia Mortmaigne’s son is named Milo, not Philip, in “Prey.” I figured that Julia remarried at some point, perhaps a year or two after “Prey,” and Philip is Milo’s younger half-brother. Good theory for the whereabouts of Augustus!

    1. Hi Jess. Firstly well spotted regarding the baby’s name I missed that. So the question is what happened to Milo? I have updated the post regarding baby Milo. Welcome to my blog and thanks for commenting.

  9. You’ve inspired me to go back and watch all of Inspector Lewis again. I watched it on Masterpiece (US)
    and knew nothing of Morse then if you can believe it. The Endeavour series is responsible for introducing me to Inspector Morse (of which I am now a very devoted fan) . I feel like I’m watching Inspector Lewis all over again with brand new eyes. 🙂

  10. The PBS version doesn’t have the scene with Strange and Morse drinking nor the gift. Is there anyway you could post that clip? Thank you for the time ad effort you put into this blog. I love looking for connections and I appreciate the heads up you give on them.

    1. Hey, Kathy. I am in the same predicament as you, being a USA PBS viewer. Due to time constraints and advertisement deals, PBS has to have the producers of every program edit about 15 minutes from each Masterpiece program (such as Endeavour, Inspector Lewis, Downton Abbey, Poldark, etc). It drives me crazy, but for my favorites like Endeavour, I go ahead and purchase them on iTunes or Amazon Prime where you can watch the unedited, original UK versions. (To me, it is worth about $6 to $10 for each season. They edit out some beautiful scenes). Amazon Prime members can stream for free with their membership the original UK versions of Endeavour (season 1-2, they will probably add season 3 in a few months) and Inspector Lewis. (If you haven’t already tried Amazon, you can get a free trial for a month that will allows you to watch them.) Hulu allows you to watch all of the unedited Inspector Morse for free and legally without a subscription (You just have to watch a few commercials). [Christopher, I hope it is alright that I shared this information. Since the licensing rights from country to country are different, I wasn’t sure if you knew the some of the avenues of viewing in the US.]

      1. It is perfectly fine by me Amanda and thank you for sharing that info. I am sure many US fans who watch the programme on PBS will be glad of the info on how to see the complete, unedited versions.

  11. As a longtime U.S. viewer of all three series, I was delighted to discover your blog. I loved “Prey” and it’s references to Speilberg’s films but was a bit surpised that you didn’t mention it’s relation to “Jurrasic Park”: specifically, the scene where the groundskeeper is outsmarted by the tiger. That scene leapt out at me (pardon the pun!).

    1. Hi Terry. To be honest I thought I had included the film reference but I put it down to another in a long list of senior moments. I have now included it in the above post. It is below the Jaws reference. Thanks for commenting Terry.

  12. I have been enjoying your posts for a while; I always check them after watching an episode. My question is what version of the episode do you base your blog on. You often mention things that are not in the episodes that I watch. I watch the episodes that come from Britain on DVD but they do not seem to be the same. Do you base them on what was actually shown on TV? For example in this episode I had most of that cut episode where Strange give Endeavour a gift, but it did not contain the shot of the LP cover. Unless I read your blog, I would have completely missed the joke because there is not enough of that “Version” of Dvorak to make it obvious. I just thought it sounded tinny because of the lo-fi player. In the episode Ride, I could not find the pop music tracks like ‘Sunday Morning,’ ‘I had too much to dream (last night)’ and ‘Puppet on a String,’ unless they were just instrumentals and no words. So even the British DVDs are edited a bit.

    1. Hi Fred. I base my Endeavour posts on the episode that is shown on TV. I think all versions of the DVDs are probably edited to cover the copyright laws that govern each country they are released in. Thanks for commenting Fred and it’s great you enjoy my blog.

  13. Thank you for compiling such a wonderful resource. In the interest of accuracy, wasn’t Strange’s rank in “Inspector Morse” Chief Superintendent, rather than Chief Constable?

  14. I finally watched the Lewis episode, The Dead of Winter, for the first time today, after hearing so much about its connection to PREY. Thanks for your absolutely thorough research and enjoyable writing!

  15. I’m coming to this very late – from Australia. A great read and I was so glad to locate your opinions. I thoroughly enjoyed the potential linkages between Endeavour and Lewis and although we can’t be certain about Augustus, you’ve offered a solid theory. I’d have to look back at Lewis and see if there are African artefacts in Crevecoeur Hall!

  16. The lines in Wytham Woods when the police are tracking the predator (“It’s in the trees! … It’s coming!”) seems to be a reference or homage to ‘Hounds of Love’ (Kate Bush)… or perhaps the 1957 film ‘Night of the Demon’ (from where the sample is taken)? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hounds_of_Love_(song) I enjoyed this.moment, and the episode, anyway!

    1. Hi! I love your blog and the video clips you’ve posted. The wealth of information you’ve uncovered is tremendous. Thank you so much!

      About the LP of “classics”, for anyone who might be interested, it was uploaded to YouTube in 2014. Here’s the part with the Dvorak on it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3NpVogbFB8

      Personally, I love classical music but versions like this make me cringe. Endeavor shows incredible self-control!

    2. Yes Catherine, I spotted the Kate Bush one too, didn’t know she had referenced it from the film as well! I wonder which RL took it from? I also noticed he made a joke in the previous episode set in Richardson’s supermarket where the commune leader guy thanks the universe for the fine fair selection of food at their table, and I took it for a reference to the now defunct Fine Fare supermarket. Same joke on the Genesis album Selling England By The Pound from 1973. Any other song lyrics been thrown in that you have noticed? Dx

    3. Never having watched an episode of Endeavour before, I was astonished to see the way the script-writer had blatantly included re-staged scenes from old films. Barely re-worked material from Jaws, Jurassic Park and Night of the Demon, just slapped me in the face as I watched. It made me wonder what other references might be in there, to films I hadn’t seen.

      Can anybody tell me, before I watch another episode, whether writer Russell Lewis habitually distracts movie-buffs with these little acts of plagiarism, or was this instance a one-off?



      1. Hi Dan. There are movie and TV references in all Endeavour episodes.

  17. There is a third Spielberg reference. Bright mentions he was a subaltern in India at Pan Kot, just after that Thugee business in ’35. This is of course Indiana Jones and the Temple of doom!

  18. I found another reference you didn’t mention… The character Geoff Craven could be referring to Wes Craven, the director of A Nightmare On Elm Street. In this movie, the villain Freddy Krueger uses a clawed glove to attack his victims. In “Prey”, the villain is also clawed, namely a tiger…

    1. Hi Tim. I think that link is a bit tenuous. My initial thought regarding the name, Craven, was that it was a reference to the family name used in the Morse episode ‘Last Seen Wearing’ but I regarded that as tenuous. Thanks for commenting Tim.

  19. Another thought, could Georgina Mortmaigne be another of Agustus’ victims. Could she in fact after being in a psychiatric unit be James and Nell’s mother?
    Certainly Hathaway reacts in Dead of Winter when the lord says ‘your parents must be so proud.’
    And Phillip has an attraction to her, something keeps him there long enough to become Estate Manager.

  20. For what it’s worth Craven was the last name of the family who owned the mansion in the secret garden. Might have been even a subconscious choice since that family had connections to India. No tiger though.

  21. I”m afraid Russel Lewis has abused the principle of ‘suspended disbelief’ in his portrayal of Philip Hathaway.

    In ‘Prey’, PH is in his mid teens, while the ‘Endeavour’ Morse is in his early thirties – there is 15+ yrs between them.

    In the “reappearance”, – ‘One for the sorrow’ 2015 – PH appears as anything above 70; but ‘Morse’ Morse died in about 2000 at the age of about 60, so PH should be 60 (or less) in 2015. It doesn’t compute!

    1. Rob Callender who played Philip Hathaway in Prey was in his mid 20s at the time it was filmed and I feel the character was supposed to be about the same age.

  22. Sorry to be trouble but, I believe that the Prof. Hume in Endeavour ‘Prey and Lewis ‘Wolvercote Tongue’ are not the same character on is a pathologist and the other is an expert at the Ashmolean Museum for the Wovercote Tongue exhibit.

    1. Hi Amanda. I actually wrote in my post, “There is no connection as far as I am aware. Apart from the fact that they are both odious characters.”

      1. It’s such a sadness when readers don’t actually READ your terrific posts. My favourite comment from such a reader was the chap who posted that Endeavour appeared to be taking place “pre-1980s.” What gave it away ?

  23. I laughed at Strange when he handed the record….reminded me when Lewis gave a similar gift to Morse after he left the hospital

  24. Hallo — just dropped in for this post (and found what I was after re the mortmaigne connection thanks!). I did notice another reference the writers threw in: Ricky Parker, one of the tiger’s victims, shares his name with the famed tiger Richard Parker in Life of Pi. Lots of Easter eggs in this one!

  25. Please forgive the lateness of this comment. I am re-watching the Endeavour episodes and had a brainstorm while watching Prey. But first of all, I want to say how much your brilliant and entertaining website adds to the enjoyment of all three series. We are all beneficiaries of the love and hard work you bring to the background and analysis of these programs, so thank you so very much!

    My brainstorm watching Prey this time is that I was struck by certain similarities between the episode and Brideshead Revisited, the 1945 novel by Evelyn Waugh. That story also revolves around a titled family of English recusant Catholics, the Marchmains. Like the Mortmaignes, they live on a large estate with a private chapel. And like the Mortmaignes, they have an overdeveloped sense of their own unworthiness and guilt for sins both real and imagined; the Mortmaignes’ guilt is articulated in this episode by Julia to Morse. Julia is also the name of one of the daughters in Brideshead. And this may be stretching it, but there may be a play on Prey/pray.

    Brideshead Revisited has been adapted for film twice, once in the famous 1981 TV series starring Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Laurence Olivier, and Claire Bloom, and in a film version in 2008 starring Emma Thompson, Mathew Goode, and Ben Whishaw. I understand that a new adaptation is in the works starring Andrew Garfield, Joe Alwyn, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, and Cate Blanchett.

    1. Hi Jane and welcome to my website. Firstly, thank you for your lovely comments aboug my website. Secondly, I love your assessment of the Prey episode and it’s allusions to Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. I never noticed the similarities but that is probably because I think it’s one of the worst Endeavour episodes. The 1981 TV series will, I believe, never be bettered.

  26. I came here to point out some Brideshead connections but Jane S. Wood did it far better than I would have. I also think there might be a teeny connection with I Capture the Castle–there name is Mortmain, two sisters, servant boy with a bit of a crush . . . but that’s a stretch.

    I’m quite unclear on why Craven did not put bullets in Guy’s gun.

  27. Dr Lorenz may be a reference to Konrad Lorenz, the ‘father of ethology’ also a supporter of National Socialism.

    1. Thank you David. I will doing a review of the Prey episode soon so I will add that piece of info.

  28. Can you please clarify who is the patient at the hospital that Thursday and Morse were visiting towards the end of the episode? That part confuses me. Thanks in advance.

  29. Mimi, it is Sandra Jordan, the girl attacked by Hodges. My question about this is that it rang a bell about a similar case … isn’t there an episode in either Morse or Lewis where very similarly, a girl is in a coma and whichever DI it is visits her? But I can’t remember the details.

    1. Hi Heather. There are two episodes where a girl is in a coma. Firstly, the Morse episode, Deadly Slumber and secondly, the Lewis episode, Old, Unhappy, Far off Things.

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