Colin Dexter’s appearances in Endeavour.

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Hi Mateys. Though I have already spotted Colin in the Endeavour episodes and put that information in my series of posts on the connections between the Endeavour series and Morse and Lewis, that was only done in picture form.

Having already done videos on the appearances of Colin in the Morse and Lewis series’ I thought it only made sense to create one on his appearances in the newest addition to the Morse universe, Endeavour. This video only has the first 13 episodes. For the other ten appearances scroll below the video to see them.

I hope you all enjoy.

A update to this post (17/07/2016). A follower of my blog, Fran, believes she may have found Colin in the final episode, ‘Coda’. I think she may be right. Colin’s appearance happens during the concert Endeavour attends at 14 minutes and 20 seconds. Fran believes Colin is one of the cello players; the one where we only see the back of his head. Why would the camera linger on the back of this person’s head unless they were leaving a clue to something important. What do you all think of this idea?

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Endeavour S4E1 ‘Game’:

As most of you will know Colin Dexter did not be appear in the series four episodes due to ill health. However the producers have made sure that he appears in the episode in one way or another. In this episode Colin’s picture hangs in the office of Dorothea Frazil.

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Endeavour: Series 4, Episode 2 ‘Canticle’:

In this episode Colin’s picture appears in the newspaper shown near the end of the episode.

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Endeavour: Series 4, Episode 3, ‘Lazaretto’:

In this episode Colin’s picture appears as a caricature in a drawing on the hospital ward.

Endeavour: Series 4, Episode 4, ‘Harvest’:

It took two viewings to find Mr Dexter and it is a rather cunning way to have him in the show if not physically.

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ENDEAVOUR: ‘Muse’ S5E1;

The newspaper is being read by George Fancy in Lewis Peek’s first scene in the police station.

ENDEAVOUR: ‘CARTOUCHE’ S5E2:

ENDEAVOUR: ‘Passenger’ S5E3:

A lovely tribute to Colin. Employee of the month? Perversely he was our employee. We handed him our hard earned cash and he wrote many excellent books for all of us. 🙂

ENDEAVOUR: ‘COLOURS’ S5E4;

ENDEAVOUR: ‘Quartet’ S5E5;

Difficult one this week. I could be wrong in this but the chap who was sitting at the back of the pub in the final scene did have a look of Colin Dexter.

Also, Endeavour looks at him as the scene fades to black.

ENDEAVOUR: ‘ICARUS’ S5E6;

I’m not 100% sure but… This is during the scene when Thursday and Strange are interviewing Blackwell.

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Author: Chris Sullivan

After having looked after my mum for some 11 years she is now unfortunately in a nursing home. I'm afraid her dementia worsened as did her physical capabilities. So, for the first time in 21 years I find myself no longer caring for anyone. Apart from my mum I was also a single parent to two children and also looked after my dad who had Alzheimers, (he died in 2005). So, I have decided to return to University to try and get another degree this time in English Literature. (My other degree I got some 30 years ago is one in Ecological Science). After a year at college I have passed all grades and now will start Edinburgh University in September 2019. A busy time ahead made even busier by my writing a book on the TV series, Lewis.

12 thoughts

  1. I believe that I located Colin in Coda, towards the beginning during the chamber music segment. Take a look at the way the camera pans the musicians. Two of them are panned quickly, then the camera slowly, and in full frame, pans the back of the head of the cello, player as making a point of lingering. I watched three time to find Colin and finally came back to the cello player frame. It must be him! the back of his head may be a clever visual of “coda”… Colin playing cello in the finale. 🙂

    1. Hi Nasir and thanks for commenting. The scene still begs the question, why does the camera linger so long on the back of the head of one of the cellists. There is always the possibility they shot Colin’s scene at an earlier or later date. Colin has not been keeping well these last few years so it is always possible they reshot a scene just so they could have Colin in the episode. However, thanks for commenting and lucky you getting to watch the filming.

  2. Thanks a lot, so nice to see all the scenes, I can see I differential missed a lot of scenes with him 😉

  3. Colin Dexter passed away in March 2017, months before filming of the 5th series began in August. Unless some older footage of a pub scene with Dexter already existed and was inserted at the end of episode 5 (Quartet), it’s doubtful that he actually is the blurry man in the background.

    Perhaps the producers decided to hire a body double for him?

    1. I know that it couldn’t be Colin that is why I believed the man was a lookalike. In the episodes of the same series he is portrayed in a picture, painting or in a newspaper. So, because I couldn’t find anything similar I assumed that they used a lookalike.

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