ENDEAVOUR: ‘Quartet’ S5E5; Review, Music, Locations, Literary References etc.

Hello fellow Endeavourists and Morsonians.

Here we are at the penultimate review for the fifth series of Endeavour. Will my review be a favourable one? I have been hearing on the old grapevine that in some quarters of social media I am persona non grata due to my having the temerity to criticize some people’s beloved TV show. There are times when one has to open their eyes and see that one’s favourite show is not perfect.

Many of my favourite shows over the years have had clunkers amongst their oeuvre. Many of my favourite film directors have made bad movies. (Alfred Hitchcock’s Family Plot to name one), The same goes for my favourite actors. (Meryl Streep in The Homesman to name but one). My favourite singer for 50 years, David Bowie made a few bad albums (Tin Machine anyone). A few of my favourite writers have written what I believe are either bad or mediocre novels.

No one likes having their favourite TV show, film, actor, singer being criticized but their are times when one has to grow a thicker skin and realise their favourites are not infallible.

Anyhoo, let me get started on my new post. I have included a video as a starting point for my review please watch that first.


Endeavour Series five, Episode five; ‘Quartet’.

Chronologically this is episode 22.

First broadcast 4th March 2018.

Where’s Colin?

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.

Directed by  Geoffrey Sax . Geoffrey also directed the Endeavour episode, Neverland (Series 2, Episode 4)

Written by Colin Dexter (characters), Russell Lewis (written and devised by). Russell has written all the Endeavour episodes. He also wrote;

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’.


A participant in a TV game show is shot and killed. A stray bullet hits a little boy and puts him in hospital. The killing of the German participant leads Endeavour into the deep and dangerous world of spies and espionage.

(warning, this review will contain some spoilers)

My daughter and I

Fred Thursday says to Morse, “All this with the cloak-and-dagger mob? It’s not my idea of coppering.” And it’s not my idea of Morse. Russell Lewis the episode writer seems to be fumbling about in the dark trying to think of how many references, tropes, genres and allusions he can fit into one episode. Was this Foyles War or a Harry Palmer film, or a John Le Carre Film, or a James Bond movie. It tries to be them all and all it did was make the whole thing a mess.

It wasn’t the worst episode of the series but that particular bar wasn’t set that high anyway. I had an epiphany regarding one reason why I am so disappointed  in this series; because I know that Russell Lewis is a better writer that this. For God’s sake he wrote one of the best Morse episodes, ‘The Way Through the Woods‘. He wrote some of the best Lewis episodes. The first three series of Endeavour were great. The fourth series was patchy but the fifth is a huge disappointment.

I write here not to bury Russell Lewis and the Endeavour show but live in hope to praise it once again in the future. I do hope that it gets a new series if for no other reason than to allow Russell to give us better episodes. I want Endeavour to go out on a high. But for the moment the fifth series is obvious, messy and devoid of any sense of the Endeavour Morse character.

The show has become one of the cookie cutter dramas that litter the TV channels. The original Morse series was ground breaking but this fifth series has turned Endeavour into a series that is groundless:  empty and  unreliable.

The cast, production team and Matthew Slater the composer are propping up a building that may soon be condemned. The cast and the rest deserve better.

Some of my problems with this episode are as follows:

  • Why were almost the whole CID team (including DeBryn) at the game show. Morse attending a television show? Morse never owned a TV. TV was an anathema to Morse.
  • Why did Fancy’s limp disappear by the time his next scene was shown?
  • Yet another Mills and Boon scene of will they or won’t they with Endeavour and Joan.
  • Morse manages to get into a building, Fenix, which you would imagine was heavily guarded and very secure.
  • The villian, Fenix, puts the Woodstock Inn key into the fish tank chest but leaves it showing.
  • Eddie Nero in one scene is about to take on Fancy and Strange but when the man who is trying to take over his ‘patch’ enters his pub he does nothing. If that had been the Krays Cromwell would have sleeping with the fishes before they had finished drinking their tea.
  • As for Cromwell Ames. Did he pop into Nero’s place on his way home from school? And that phoney accent!!!!!
  • Surely everyone knew that it was Joe Dozier that was dead and not his wife. This ploy of setting up a storyline to make it look like one character is going to die but ends up being their partner/wife/husband etc has been used many, many, many times. Boring and obvious.
  • Once again Russell mentions Europe, Brexit, Boris (Johnson) etc. He must crowbar in those modern day references.
  • What was it about the smell of perfume on Joan made him suddenly rush off to Fenix laboratory?
  • James Bond has had less attempts made on his life.
  • What was the point of the boy being shot other than giving Endeavour the chance to show how much he cares. It was a blatant attempt to pull on the heartstrings and i’m sure it worked on some people. The subplot (if it can even be called that) was pointless. Take that subplot from the episode and it doesn’t hinder the episode’s progression.
  • Another high body count. Five.

Predictions for the last episode:

  • Thursday does not retire due to his brother not repaying the loan. Thursday can no longer retire.
  • Bright either retires or becomes head of the new police force.
  • Strange is moved to another police station.
  • Joan finds a man and Morse is once again brokenhearted.

Episode Jag Rating – out of 10.


Here also is a little video I made. A homage to this episodes take on the classic 1960s spy film starring Michael Caine, The Ipcress File.


At last some classical music. At the very beginning we have Handel’s Coronation Anthem No. 1 (Zadok the Priest) for chorus & orchestra. HWV 258.

Stirring stuff. The piece is played again about five minutes into the episode when we see Prof Alexander Richmond conducting to the music.


When the Jeux Sans Frontiers show is being announced we can hear the theme that was used for the British show It’s a Knockout,


During the episode the tune of London Bridge is falling down could be heard coming from the radio in the shed.



The episode starts with someone quoting from Shakespeare’s Henry V.

Now entertain conjecture of a time
When creeping murmur and the poring dark
Fills the wide vessel of the universe.
From camp to camp through the foul womb of night
The hum of either army stilly sounds,
That the fixed sentinels almost receive
The secret whispers of each other’s watch:
Fire answers fire, and through their paly flames
Each battle sees the other’s umber’d face;
Steed threatens steed, in high and boastful neighs.


Morse finds a book of  William Wordsworth poetry. The book is marked by a photograph and one of the poems seen is Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802.

Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!


We also glimpse another poem above the poem mentioned above. This is titled “BROOK! WHOSE SOCIETY THE POET SEEKS

BROOK! whose society the Poet seeks,
Intent his wasted spirits to renew;
And whom the curious Painter doth pursue
Through rocky passes, among flowery creeks,
And tracks thee dancing down thy water-breaks;
If wish were mine some type of thee to view,
Thee, and not thee thyself, I would not do
Like Grecian Artists, give thee human cheeks,
Channels for tears; no Naiad should’st thou be,–
Have neither limbs, feet, feathers, joints nor hairs: 10
It seems the Eternal Soul is clothed in thee
With purer robes than those of flesh and blood,
And hath bestowed on thee a safer good;
Unwearied joy, and life without its cares.



No art to speak and what was shown I couldn’t identify..


Thanks to Jean for pointing me toward the location of the shops above. The location is on the corner of Malvern Road and Priory Road, Hampton.

Here are some pictures from the Richmond and Twickenham Times newspaper during filming.


This is Brasenose College shown near the beginning of the episode when Albert Mullion is walking through the quad.

The scene where Morse interviews  Dr. Gerhardt Schneider is also Brasenose College. Radcliffe Camera can be seen in the background.

This was Amber Lodge in the episode. Thanks to Jean for giving me this location. It is Penn House
Penn Street, Amersham, HP7 0PS. Apparently it is often used as a film and TV location.

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Morse is back on Ship Street, Claudine’s abode.



Endeavour goes to meet the porter.

This is Brasenose College Front Quad.


Endeavour meets Dr. Gerhardt Schneider again.

This is Brasenose College.

Morse follows Singleton.

The building in the background is the Royal Albert Hall.

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I think the stairs that Endeavour climbs while following Singleton are the same stairs that Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) fights the henchman in the excellent film, The Ipcress File.


Eddie Nero’s place The Hope and Anchor which was ‘done over’.

The building is on the corner of Macbeth Street and Riverside Gardens, London.


Outside Joan’s flat, Museum Road, Oxford.

The Fenix buildings look like CGI.


Next is the location of where the opening ‘games’ were being held.

This looks like it was filmed at Christ Church Meadow. I believe that to the left in the background is Christ Church and to the right in the background is Merton College.


Woodstock Inn. Again I couldn’t identify this location. Update: Thank you to Coco who directed me toward the location of the above. It is St Katherine’s Parmoor, Frieth, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6NN. Apparently it has also been used as a location for Midsomer Murders.

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Jim Strange’s flat which he shares with Morse. Sorry, couldn’t figure out this location.


The bridge on which Fancy and Trewlove are kissing is the High Bridge over River Cherwell, Oxford.


Thanks to David Howkins for letting me that the scenes in the underground station were shot in the disused Aldwych station in London.


Thank you to Peter Hardy, or more accurately his wife, who spotted the following locations. Peter’s wife once worked at the following location.

First up is the office of the Bond like baddie, Sebastian Fenix.

This is the Mayor’s Parlour at the Hammersmith Town Hall. The hallway where Morse and Fenix exit is also the Town Hall.

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The above is affectionately known as the marble hall.



The two pub scenes are shot in The Royal Standard of England, Forty Green, Beaconsfield HP9 1XS.




Actors who appeared in the Endeavour Series 5, Episode 5 ‘Quartet’ and/or Morse or Lewis.

Richard Durden as Prof Alexander Richmond. See below for further details.

Andrew Paul as Joe Dozier. See below for further details.


Morse finds this newspaper cutting in the files Frazil sent him.

This is a reference to the Morse episode, Death is Now my Neighbour. Investigating the murder of Rachael James Morse picks up a card in her home.

Of course this episode starred Roger Allam as Denis Cornford.


I believe that this episode gave us our first two actors who have appeared in all three series; Morse, Lewis and Endeavour.

Richard Durden appeared in the first episode of the original Morse series, Dead of Jericho.


Richard Durden as Alan Richards.

Richard appeared in the Lewis episode, The Soul of Genius as John Gracey.

Next up is the second actor to have appeared in all three Morse series, Andrew Paul.

Andrew Paul as Joe Dozier

Andrew appeared in the Morse episode, Deceived by Flight as a suspect in an arson attack.


Andrew appeared in the Lewis episode, Intelligent Design as Ron Tibett.


Thank you to Candee who noticed the following connection; “the storefront titled Shergold’s Hardware Store is likely a nod to Adrian Shergold, who directed three original Morse episodes: Second Time Around, Greeks Bearing Gifts, and Happy Families.”


I have recieved a comment from a native speaker of German, Sabine. Sabine noted, ”

As a native speaker of German I would like to throw this observation into the hat:
The picture of Danulka is signed on the back with “Liebe immer” which is just a literal translation of the English “love forever”. No German speaker would have signed it with this Liebe immer, as it is poppycock. We’d say “Für immer Dein” (forever yours) or “In ewiger Liebe” (literally “in forever love”) but never ever like the phrase used.

That said, might I say, how brilliant Roger Allam’s pronounciation of German is. It’s always a joy to hear him use his skills on Endeavour.”

Thank you Sabine.


The TV show in the episode is called Jeux Sans Frontières which can mean ‘Games Without Borders’. It is based on an execrable  British show called It’s A Knockout. It’s a Knockout! is a British comedy game show first broadcast in 1966. It was adapted from the French show Intervilles, and was part of the international Jeux Sans Frontières franchise.


The Oxford Mail reporting the first manned Apollo space mission. Apollo 7 was launched from Cape Kennedy, Fla., with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard, beginning an 11-day mission in Earth orbit. It was the first successful manned mission of the Apollo program.


The character of Julian Calendar

also appeared in the Endeavour episode, Canticle.


Pfuscher the East German killed near the beginning of the episode was said to be from Werfen, Bavaria. This was the name of the location castle Schloss Adler in war movie Where Eagles Dare starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood. In that film it had the immortal line uttered by Burton, “Broadsword calling Danny Boy“.


Morse almost gets himself killed when following a clue in Sebastopol Terrace. This name was the street featured in the excellent and classic British sitcom Sykes, starring Eric Sykes and Hattie Jacques.


The Scottish actor Ellie Haddington who played Miss Bagshot also appeared in Foyle’s War as Hilda Pierce. The series  starred Michael Kitchen. (Michael of course appeared in the Morse episode The Death of the Self).


Bright says to Thursday, “This is a family game show in Oxford not the Mexico Olympics.” I can only assume he is referring to the medal award ceremony for the men’s 200 meter race, when black American athletes Tommie Smith (gold) and John Carlos (bronze) took a stand for civil rights by raising their black-gloved fists and wearing black socks in lieu of shoes.


We find out that Dorothea Frazil wrote a book called My Time in Korea. (Korean War, 1950, began when North Korea, supported by the Soviet Union and China, invaded South Korea, which was supported by the United States. War ended in 1953). The Korean War was the backdrop to the film and wonderful series M.A.S.H.


When Morse first meets Singleton in the tube there is an advertising poster on the wall.

I’m assuming the perfume ‘Vespertine’ is a reference to the James Bond character in Vesper Lynd in the film and novel Casino Royale.


During the same scene mentioned above we see a headline next to the newspaper vendor.

This is alluding to the events in 1968 on 13 October the Imperial War Museum was attacked by an arsonist, Timothy John Daly, who claimed he was acting in protest against the exhibition of militarism to children.


Singleton and Louis reminded of two characters in the film The Lady Vanishes. (The original).

Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne in The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Naunton Wayne (on the right) as Caldicott and  Basil Radford as Charters

The characters of Charters and Caldicott appeared in numerous films.


When Louis and Singleton are talking with Morse, Louis asks “Do you still love your country?” Morse fires back with, “Do you still beat your wife?” Morse’s question is what as known as a loaded question or complex question fallacy. It’s a question that contains a controversial or unjustified assumption. The traditional example is the question “Have you stopped beating your wife?” Whether the respondent answers yes or no, he will admit to having a wife and having beaten her at some time in the past. Thus, these facts are presupposed by the question, and in this case an entrapment, because it narrows the respondent to a single answer, and the fallacy of many questions has been committed.


When Thursday is in the Hope and Anchor pub he replies to Strange, “Forget it Sergeant it’s Summertown.” This must be a reference to the excellent Jack Nicholson film Chinatown.


On first meeting  Sebastian Fenix he asks Morse if he would like a drink. He tells him that his secretary makes a martini to die for. A reference of course to James Bond’s favourite tipple.


When Joan is walking with Morse she asks how things are living with Jim (Strange). Morse replies, “It’s hardly the yellow house. This is in reference to a house shared by Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin  in Arles, France.

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Endeavour is probably alluding to the mundane life he and Jim are living in their house compared to the erratic, turbulent life Gauguin and Van Gogh had led while they shared a house. Their is an excellent book titled The Yellow House by Martin Gayford. Well worth reading.


During the same conversation above Endeavour tells Joan he should have enough money saved by the following year to buy a house. Joan replies by saying that didn’t Jane Austen have something to say about a single man in possession of a good fortune. Joan is paraphrasing one of the greatest opening lines of a novel, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. From one of the greatest novels ever written, Pride and Prejudice. Endeavour then says “I doubt it will be Netherfield Park.” Netherfield Park is the large mansion leased to Mr. Bingley and his sisters in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Bingley is a friend of Mr. Darcy.


Singleton and Louis pick up Endeavour after he has broken in the Fenix building. Louis says, “The factory also did work for the chemical warfare boys at Porton Down.” Porton Down is home to two UK Government facilities: a site of the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) – known for over 100 years as one of the UK’s most secretive and controversial military research facilities.


Millie Bagshot tells Morse that Danulka died two months ago when the Red tanks rolled into Prague. This is reference to the Soviet Union led Warsaw Pact troopsinvasion of Czechoslovakia to crack down on reformist trends in Prague.


Thursday says Do svidanya, tovarishch to Albert Mullion when he puts him in the police car. That Russian phrase just means goodbye and tovarishch means friend or comrade.


Thanks to Maria and Jackie for pointing out Fred Thursday’s reference to the 1960s show Dangerman. The series featured Patrick McGoohan as secret agent John Drake. The reference is made when Morse is bringing Thursday up to date about his meeting with Singleton and Louis and the attempt on his life.

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Thanks to Lee Sylvester for pointing out that Mullion the porter is probably a reference to Skullion from Tom Sharpe’s wonderful novel Porterhouse Blue?


Thanks to Paul Higham who commented that Dr. Schneider may be a reference to “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” as Schneider means Tailor in German. Paul also pointed out these possible references;

“I think the characters of Singleton and Louis are an “homage” to Pendleton and Harcourt from “Edge of Darkness”. Zooming around London in eccentric choices of car and urging Morse/Craven to break into Fenix’s factory/Northmoor.”

“The Dozier’s shop front features a fairly prominent advert for Grimsby Pilchards, which were also in the Diana Day
advertising hoarding which was progressively defaced in each episode of Series 2.”

“Morse and Claudine’s punting excursion maybe a nod to James Bond and Sylvia Trench’s similar outing at the beginning of “From Russia With Love”. Miss Bagshot packs a Walther PPK which was also the pistol Bond was forced to adopt by M in “Dr. No” instead of his preferred but underpowered Beretta.”

Thanks Paul. Great observations.


Kirsten Baron noticed a few interesting things. She wrote “…the dead man’s name was Pfuscher – the German verb pfuschen usually means to bodge, bungle, carry out badly, but also to cheat or steal.
The perfume company was called Fenix, which I read as Phoenix but it was pronounced like Fenwicks, the department store.”

Thanks Kirsten.

Photos from the wonderful Blog http://www.simplyoxford.com

All rights are of course the photographers.


Thank you to John and Cheryl for the following observation:

  • At 14 minutes when Endeavour is on the telephone we hear in the background commentary of David Hemery winning the 400 metres hurdles in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. Earlier the date of recording the episode of Jeux Sans Frontieres is shown to be 12/10/1968. This is early autumn yet when Endeavour is punting Claudine on the River Cherwell we cannot see any leaves on trees with autumn colours and tints on them. It looks like this scene was shot a season early in the height of summer.


KGB agent shot by Miss Bagshot.

Prof Alexander Richmond shot by Albert Mullion

Joe Dozier died of a broken neck. Killed by Elsie Dozier????

Karl Pfuscher shot by the who the hell knows. Well actually it was the Russian who tried to kill Morse.

Werfeli garroted by the Russian


David Reed as Julian Calendar


Ian Bartholomew as Albert Mullion

Shaun Evans as DS Endeavour Morse

James Bradshaw as Dr. Max DeBryn

Sean Rigby as DS Jim Strange

Roger Allam as DCI Fred Thursday

Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright

Jennifer Tollady as Zoe McLean and Hector Bateman-Harden as Steven McLean

Caroline O’Neill as Win Thursday

Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil

Claire Ganaye as Claudine

Mary Roscoe as Elsie Dozier

Nico Rogner as Dr. Gerhardt Schneider

Richard Durden as Prof Alexander Richmond

Andrew Paul as Joe Dozier

Brendan Patricks as Singleton

Leander Deeny as Louis

Ellie Haddington as Millie Bagshot

Paul Ready as Sebastian Fenix

Mark Arden as Eddie Nero

Dakota Blue Richards as WPC Shirley Trewlove

David Jonsson Fray as Cromwell Ames


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.

156 thoughts

  1. Unsure of anyone else but when Professor Richmond answered the phone then shot, to me it had a definite Dial M For Murder vibe.

  2. As a native speaker of German I would like to throw this observation into the hat:
    The picture of Danulka is signed on the back with “Liebe immer” which is just a literal translation of the English “love forever”. No German speaker would have signed it with this Liebe immer, as it is poppycock. We’d say “Für immer Dein” (forever yours) or “In ewiger Liebe” (literally “in forever love”) but never ever like the phrase used.

    That said, might I say, how brilliant Roger Allam’s pronounciation of German is. It’s always a joy to hear him use his skills on Endeavour.

    Thank you again for a WONDERFUL informative blog post, that comes helpful like nothing else could.

    1. Hi Sabine and welcome to my website. I have added your comment to the Quartet post in the miscellaneous section. Thank you.

  3. I would second the comment made that Singleton & Louis were a homage to Pendleton and Harcourt in Edge Of Darkness. They also referenced coming to the “defence of the realm” as did P & H and the phrase being “on the side of the Angels” was also a line from Edge of Darkness (albeit spoken by the character Darius Jedburgh).

  4. Watched this episode again last night. Surely the names Richmond & Schneider are allusions to that classic TV series ‘Callan’? (Both characters were spies.)

    1. Hi Anyta. I didn’t realise that. I haven’t watched Callan for some 40 years. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Couldn´t really see that clear, but the magazine Mr. Thursday is buying in the Dozier´s, is that called: What´s on the Box, a weekly magazine about TV-programme? (Time: 35:15).

  6. Perhaps Baroness Orczy’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel” should be added to Literary References? Great literature it is not, but I imagine many younger viewers are unfamiliar with that “demned, elusive Pimpernel,” what?

      1. Hi Chris. I stream it on PBS Masterpiece, and it comes up there at 31:41.

  7. Bright’s remark about “machete wielding Jamaican” not being as hard to find as the Scarlet Pimpernel is one of the funniest lines ever. I saw the movie version with Anthony Andrews many years ago and he was the epitome of that character.

    1. Yes, that was one of the few really witty moments in the episode. It makes sense that Thursday would reference “Danger Man” while Bright alludes to the more genteel derring-do of a 1904 novel. (Or perhaps the 1934 film with Leslie Howard?).

      1. There was a TV series called “The Scarlet Pimpernel” broadcast in two series 1999-2000. Bright could not have seen this obviously, but maybe Russell Lewis did.

  8. “It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place…” those harsh words were said by Oliver Cromwell on the Dissolution of Parliament in 1653. But those words could also have been said by the young and cocky Cromwell Ames to Eddie Nero in the Endeavour episode Quartet, 5:5.
    Maybe too farfetched, but since the Cromwell names are the same and also the meaning of what they want, I thought it could be worth mentioning.
    Oliver Cromwell? Well, according to the history books he died five years later, 1658. Before that he served as an English general and statesman who, among other things, led the Parliament of England’s armies against King Charles during the English Civil War.

  9. That is a very interesting idea, Bo, and I have no idea whether Russell Lewis had this in mind, when he wrote the characters, Cromwell Ames and Eddie Nero. If I took your analogy, another step further, during the English Civil War that you mentioned, Oxford was one of the last bastions or strongholds of King Charles’s Royalist Army, during the time, when they were beginning to lose the war, against the Parliamentary New Model Army, led by Oliver Cromwell. In fact, King Charles I, fled from London, and lived at Christ Church College, Oxford, during the Civil War, and very famously, there were the three sieges of Oxford, in 1644, 1645, and 1646. You could thus, compare the true historic battle, between old and new, which I just described, to this fictional Endeavour story, where Cromwell Ames is battling to win and take over Oxford from Eddie Nero, in other words, his attempt, to become the new crime lord, or leading criminal gangster of Oxford.

    Incidentally, Russell Lewis has written into the Morse Universe before, historic elements related to the English Civil War, in Oxford. He wrote the excellent Lewis episode, “The Dead of Winter”, in which English Civil War Re-enactment Armies, fighting in the battlefield, were filmed. Whilst the plot, had the murder victim, believing that King Charles’s treasure could be found, amongst the grounds of the aristocratic Mortmaigne family, thinking that this treasure had once been used by King Charles I, as a ransom, so that he called be freed from captivity. Anyway, that is all for now. Thank you, and all the best.

  10. Impressive, James, I must say. And thank you for all the work you put into your comments. Endeavour would’ve been proud listen to you (us?) here at Morse Universe. I remember I read somewhere you had a degree in History and Politics and you have proved beyond doubt that you know what you’re talking about, also with the connection to the Lewis episode.
    Well done and thanks again for your feedback, always interesting to get a response to one’s ideas. All the best to you too.

  11. Thank you for replying so quickly, and for your kind remarks, Bo. Although my comments above, were somewhat informed, by having studied History and Politics, I actually learnt a little more about the English Civil War, especially its relation to Oxford, through a TV Programme, I saw last year. Britain’s Most Historic Towns, presented by anthropologist Dr. Alice Roberts, was a series shown by Channel 4, on British television. I just happened to catch an episode during the series, titled Civil War Oxford, which was very interesting. I discovered some new information about that war, such as the King fleeing London, and making Oxford his new capital, which must have somehow passed me by, before. Anyway, I am pleased you enjoyed reading my comments, thanks very much.

  12. Does anyone happen to know the actor playing the dead German (Karl Pfuscher)? Definitely recognise him.

  13. Just watched this episode for the first time! Am positive the reference to Frazil’s book is based on the work of American reporter Margherite Higgins, who covered both Korea and Vietnam. She wrote “War in Korea: The Report of a Woman Combat Correspondent” in 1951, and in 1965 she wrote “Our Vietnam Nightmare.”

    1. Or perhaps Francis Fitzgerald. (I worked alongside Maggie at the Trib in DC) She had returned from Vietnam where she caught a fatal illness.

  14. Hi Chris. Thanks for the credit re Aldwych tube station. These other connections may amuse you. I’m a regular extra on Endeavour, and in this review you’ve posted a photo of me. That’s the back of me walking past Endeavour in Ship Street! Also I did my very first extras job working alongside Richard Durden, have worked with him on other shows such as Harlots. Finally I live 15 minutes away from The Royal Standard of England and visit often.

  15. Am delighted to find your website! Love the 3 shows, the music, and Oxford. We live in Canada, but family from Oxford. We were thrilled to visit a few years back! One thing missing from all listings of the cast of this episode (imdb included): who played Karl Pfuscher? Why is it missing? Am looking forward to exploring more of your blogs. Thank you so much for showing us locations, backgrounds and of course the music! Kudos from us!

    1. Welcome Beverley. It often happens in film and TV that an actors samm cameo like zppearance is not credited especially when it is a non speaking part. I hope you find many things of interest on my website.

  16. I’ve appreciated your more critical reviews of these Endeavor episodes. They articulate many things that were vaguely unsatisfactory to me, though I didn’t know how much was due my lack of background in the movie and tv references (and dislike of suspense). I’m glad to hear someone with much more film background complain that sometimes the episodes feel like an infinite variety of movie references stuck together with a little plot and good acting. I also greatly miss the classical music, which was so much fun when well used, as well as being integral to the character.
    Above all, I was getting annoyed with the reoccurence of serial killers motivated by some shadowy past wrong, which

    1. Thank you Katy, I’m glad you are enjoying my website. You are not alone in getting annoyed with Russell Lewis’s overuse of the serial killer trope.

  17. Oops, submitted by accident.
    … motivated by some shadowy past wrong, which has to be explained to us at length at the end, because there’s no other way to make sense of it. That’s not supposed to be how a mystery show works, right?
    However, with all that said, on sheer entertainment value, I rather enjoyed this episode. Sure, Morse started out running as a giant, made his way through half the spy movies ever made, and ended with some plea about lives lost due to international espionage… But, he did it with style! Maybe it’s not strictly a mystery show any longer – maybe it’s like a variety show starring Shaun Evans. I’m not particularly qualified to judge how many holes the espionage side of the story had, but it made sense enough to keep me interested and engaged. I certainly enjoyed the character of Millie Bagshot.
    Perhaps Morse has wandered out of his natural sphere, into a world of intrigue, danger, and “special branch”… I guess I figure, what’s the harm? He can’t get killed! Haha. Endeavor can’t die, and he can’t live happily ever after, but in between those parameters, perhaps he can do anything? (Or anything that, by any stretch of the imagination, can happen in Oxford?)
    I guess then it becomes a challenge to maintain a coherent show… For which they are largely relying on their strong characters and actors. I’m not sure whether my investment in the characters is sufficient for me to keep watching all the way through the later seasons, or not. (I would take advice about when to quit, if I’m going to quit.)

    Anyway, thanks for these reviews! I’m looking forward to your thoughts on the final episodes of Seasons 2 and 3.

    One thought: I assumed the entire police station was at the game show to support Fancy. That seems at least halfway plausible, as they try to be loyal to their own?

  18. I’m enjoying your reviews, thank you for filling in the details too, however much I disagree with some of them. I agree with you about the minor plot failings, but I have to ask, were you sentient in 1968? If you were, you would have known about the real casual racism in recent episodes and the way in which some decent people would have found it hard to decide which side they were on: special branch, the communist party of GB or HM Police? I have enjoyed Thursday’s uncertainty in this one.

      1. I was a teenager. Around that time I was in my first job. A man arrived to do a day’s labouring, he turned out to be black. Someone said that he was surprised the boss allowed that as we had two women working there. I had no idea what he was talking about, I had been brought up anti- racist.

  19. Sabine wrote:”The picture of Danulka is signed on the back with “Liebe immer” which is just a literal translation of the English “love forever”. No German speaker would have signed it with this Liebe immer, as it is poppycock.” However, we are told that ‘Danulka’ is not a German name and that she is, in fact, Czech. Perhaps her German was not great.

  20. To understand how the programme has changed I think its interesting to compare the characters of the ‘spooks’. In this episode they were a cross between Charters and Caldicott and Thompson and Thomson from Tintin. Now cast your mind back to the Pilot – the character Dempsey was an altogether more sinister and menacing spook.

  21. Hey Chris,

    thank you as always for the great work. Love to come here after watching an episode.
    Three things I discovered:

    – The newspaper clipping with Karl Pfuscher and Dr Gerhardt Schneider that Endeavour is looking at at minute 24 (“Hans, Knees and Boompsadaisy”). In the text of said article it says “… a party the society held in celebration of German Unity Day on the 3rd of October.” The 3rd of October only became Unity Day 30 years later. The holiday was created in 1990 to celebrate East and West Germany being reunited again and therefore did not yet exist in 1960.

    – Millie Bagshot could be a nod to Bathilda Bagshot, a character in Harry Potter.

    – I`m not sure if this is very Endeavourian so I`m not sure if this was intentional but when Dr Schneider mentioned Samantha Jones (minute 26) I had a little laugh because I thought “Wait, was that just a Sex and the City” reference? Samantha Jones is one of the four main characters of “Sex and the City”.

    One last thought: I loved Singleton and Louis and their weirdness so much.

    Greetings from Germany,

  22. Has anybody else noticed how Thursday does not finish his sentences sometimes? One example: Speaking to Eddie Nero, “Honour amongst.” (thieves). Later: ” I wanted you [Endeavour] to be the first.” (to know). Near the end, talking to Morse in the pub:”People come and go. Go, mostly. Slip away and go their own separate.” (ways). A few seconds later: “We’re tripping the light this evening.” (tripping the light fantastic) I haven’t noticed this in other episodes.

    1. It is a way of speaking in certain parts of England, not confined to Thursday. Why fill in what people know already? “tripping the light” is all you have to say, because everyone knows what you are referring to, giving credit to their intelligence. Plus, Thursday is a depressed man from the awful things he sees and there’s a sense of ‘why bother finishing a sentence…’ -that would take too much energy. Mostly it is a way of speaking as said. 🙂

    2. Hi Bert,
      Yes I’ve noticed that too and in other episodes as well. It is one of the quirks I like about Thursday.

      1. Is it Thursday, or could it be a more broadly Oxford, or class or generation thing?

    3. I love it. It’s not peculiar to Fred Thursday, I’m sure I’ve heard people abbreviate cliches in this way. There ought to be a word for it, and would be surprised if there isn’t. We all speak in cliches, we know what’s coming and our minds fill in the gaps.

  23. I really enjoy reading your thoughtful analysis of each episode. And thank you so much for posting the missing/deleted/shortened scenes from the American broadcasts.
    Just wanted to mention that the storefront titled Shergold’s Hardware Store is likely a nod to Adrian Shergold, who directed three original Morse episodes: Second Time Around, Greeks Bearing Gifts, and Happy Families.

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. Thank you for the excellent reference regarding Adrian Shergold. I have added it to my post.

  24. Did anyone clock the name of Fenix’s secretary – Miss Borgia? I bet she makes a martini to die for…..

  25. Amber Lodge is featured as a hotel. Amberlodge Ltd is John Thaw’s production company noted in the credits of many Morse episodes, and now owned by his family.

  26. The german word “Pfuscher” is often/mostly used in medical context for doctors. If the doctor is bad at his job and his patients get worse after poorly performed treatments or if a doctor uses treatments that are harmful in the first place then he or she is a “Pfuscher”.
    I don’t know if this is of relevance for the episode but I wonder why of all german words they used this one 😀 (I never heard it as a name)

    1. Hi Carolin, interesting comment. Good question as to what connection the name has to the story or character, if any.

  27. Hi, love the blog even years later! Wanted to mention that the poster on the tube station wall is not advertising Verpertine, but Vespertine, the new Fenix perfume that Joan mentions. In the previous episode, Colours, we learned that murdered model Jean Ward had appeared in a Vespertine campaign.

      1. Rarely Bert? Occasionally, might be more appropriate. I try and do my best but sometimes…

      2. Bert – Kit does have a life. This site is incredible, and the work that Kit puts into each and every review and post should be lauded. The very rare typo should be overlooked, not commented upon. Just my tuppence on the subject.

      3. You are so right Sheldon. Chris’s posts are so wonderful who cares about typos. They are everywhere these days even in the best literary sources.

  28. Watching “Endeavor” in order from the beginning, and just watched this episode. OK, I love the characters, sets, costumes, references, dialogue (what I understand as an American), and love this blog because it explains what I don’t understand, but these story lines and loose ends are killing me. Most of the issues are mentioned above, but I am still shaking my head about the key in the aquarium (why hide it there, or keep it for that matter? why would it be even on Fenix property?), the extraordinary loose security as Fenix (as bad as the security at the nuclear power plant, it seems), and with a sniff of Joan’s perfume solving the case. Oh well.

  29. I enjoyed this one, other than how easy it was for Morse to get back into Fenix, but the “agents” in London had apparently been unable to get in there.

  30. Hi Chris!
    What are we to assume happened between Millie Bagshot and Elsie Dozier after Morse left Elsie and then passed Millie outside Elsie’s house on his way to meet Thursday at the Pub?

      1. Arrested or shot? I always thought arrested but then we did see her carrying a weapon, if I recall. This is one of my very favorites since I am a lover of any kind of spy story, fiction or true.

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