ENDEAVOUR: ‘ICARUS’ S5E6; Review, Music, Locations, Literary References etc.

Here is my daughter’s wonderful photoshop based on the Anthony Van Dyke painting Daedalus and Icarus..


Endeavour Series five, Episode six; ‘Icarus’.

Chronologically this is episode 23.

First broadcast 11th March 2018.


Where’s Colin?

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


Directed by  Gordon Anderson . This is Gordon’s first venture into the Morse universe.

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’.


After the disappearance of a teacher at Coldwater school Morse is sent in as a substitute. Division is concerned Ivory’s disappearance is linked to the deaths of two police officers.

Meanwhile the rest of the team continue to investigate Cromwell Ames and Eddie Nero. George Fancy is given the task of tailing Ames.

Trewlove is given the role of being Morse’s wife while he plays the part of teacher. Will Morse be tempted by Trewlove’s womanly wiles?


(warning, this review will contain some spoilers)

My review this week consists of two videos.

Something I forgot to mention in my video review is the anticlimax regarding the Ames and Nero story line. It was ridiculous the way this story line was ended. It didn’t go out with a bang but instead it went out with a whimper. It gave me the impression that the gangster story line was written to allow the death of Fancy to happen. Nothing more, nothing less.

I am assuming that Russell knew well in advance that the series was being renewed. Why? Because surely he would not have ended the series in the way he did. Surely, he would not have been so cruel as to have Fancy killed by an unknown assailant and we never got to find out who killed him due to the series not being renewed. Of course Russell may have found out weeks ago or months ago and he and the production team wrote a second ending for Fancy and also filmed a second ending in case the series was not renewed.

Personally I believe the new series was given the nod months ago. There was a probably a rider in the contract that said something along the lines of, if the fifth series has fewer than blah blah amount of viewers then it will be cancelled. But if it achieves figures similar to the fourth series, which it did, then a new series is guaranteed.

I should also point out that I haven’t been working on the blog post exclusively for three days. I was working on my Lewis book, a novel and writing a speech for an up and coming event in April.

Episode Jag Rating – out of 10.


The music from the beginning of the episode is Johann Michael Haydn’s (1737 – 1806) Requiem in c minor (for Fürsterzbischof Sigismund von Schrattenbach) The section you hear in the episode is from the beginning of the Requiem at 3 minutes and 42 seconds.


The music playing as the police enter Eddie Nero’s snooker hall and discover the shoot out is He’ll Have to Go by Jim Reeves.


When Alun Bodnar first meets Morse he says to Morse. “Welcome to Saint Bastards. Ye who enter here, all hope abandon” He is paraphrasing ‘Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.’ This is a translation of the Italian phrase, “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate”. These words are an inscription that Dante reads as he passes through the gate of Hell. This is part of Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy. The Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul toward God.


Morse tells the class to read Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Lines 225 to 230. Daedalus and Icarus. Daedalus is Icarus’s father. We all know the story of Icarus who attempted to fly with wings made of wax and feathers by his father. But on flying too close to the Sun the wax melted and Icarus fell to the sea and drowned. The lines Morse tells the pupils to read are ‘he took his path [went] higher. The vicinity of the sun softens the fragrant wax, the chains of the feathers; the wax melted: he shook his bare arms and lacking oarage he takes up no air, and his mouth shouting his father’s name is swept up in the blue sea, which takes its name from him.’ (oarage mean the action of oaring). The Icarian Sea near Icaria, an island southwest of Samos is named after the place where Icarus drowned.



The above is a book of poetry by Rudyard Kipling. Rather ironically the collection has a poem titled, ‘ A Ballade of Bad Entertainment’.


Morse comes across young Nero reading The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius. The Twelve Caesars chronicles the public careers and private lives from Julius Caesar and Augustus, to the decline into depravity and civil war under Nero.


Stanlow is in bed reading.

A Nation of Immigrants by the then U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy. The book highlighting the contribution of immigrants at a time when the country was locked in a debate about the direction its policy should take. Sounds similar to a situation we have in the USA and UK today.


Three of the schoolboys meet Trewlove in the woods. Bodnar appears and tells the boys to leave. Rackway says to Bodnar “Qui non nobiscum adversus nos est“. This means He that is not with us is against us.


Morse is in Rose Cottage near the end of the episode and picks up the Kipling collection of poetry.

As you can see he is looking at the poem ‘The Overland Mail‘.

IN THE name of the Empress of India, make way,
O Lords of the Jungle, wherever you roam.
The woods are astir at the close of the day—
We exiles are waiting for letters from Home.
Let the robber retreat—let the tiger turn tail—
In the Name of the Empress, the Overland Mail!

With a jingle of bells as the dusk gathers in,
He turns to the foot-path that heads up the hill—
The bags on his back and a cloth round his chin,
And, tucked in his waist-belt, the Post Office bill:—
“Despatched on this date, as received by the rail,
“Per runner, two bags of the Overland Mail.”

Is the torrent in spate? He must ford it or swim.
Has the rain wrecked the road? He must climb by the cliff.
Does the tempest cry halt? What are tempests to him?
The Service admits not a “but” or and “if.”
While the breath’s in his mouth, he must bear without fail,
In the Name of the Empress, the Overland Mail.

From aloe to rose-oak, from rose-oak to fir,
From level to upland, from upland to crest,
From rice-field to rock-ridge, from rock-ridge to spur,
Fly the soft sandalled feet, strains the brawny brown chest.
From rail to ravine—to the peak from the vale—
Up, up through the night goes the Overland Mail.

There’s a speck on the hillside, a dot on the road—
A jingle of bells on the foot-path below—
There’s a scuffle above in the monkey’s abode—
The world is awake, and the clouds are aglow.
For the great Sun himself must attend to the hail:—
“In the name of the Empress, the Overland Mail!”


Morse reads the following at Fancy’s funeral.

Say not the Struggle nought Availeth


Say not the struggle nought availeth,
The labour and the wounds are vain,
The enemy faints not, nor faileth,
And as things have been they remain.

If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars;
It may be, in yon smoke concealed,
Your comrades chase e’en now the fliers,
And, but for you, possess the field.

For while the tired waves, vainly breaking
Seem here no painful inch to gain,
Far back through creeks and inlets making,
Comes silent, flooding in, the main.

And not by eastern windows only,
When daylight comes, comes in the light,
In front the sun climbs slow, how slowly,
But westward, look, the land is bright.


Thank you to Ivan Limon who pointed out this interesting reference, “A nice literary reference came when Mr. Blackwell asked Morse if he remembered “Old Wilkie” from a previous school and later confronted Morse with the fact Old Wilkie had never heard of him. “Old Wilkie” was the nickname off Mr. Wilkins from the Jennings books by Anthony Buckeridge set in Linbury Court School.”

Thanks Ivan.




The location for Coldwater school is Reading School, Erleigh Rd, Reading RG1 5LW.

Image result for school on Erleigh Road.



The pet store where Eddie Nero and his wife are looking to buy a puppy is the Oxfam bookshop on Turl Street, Oxford.

It’s not the first time the Oxfam bookshop has been used as a location in the Endeavour series.


Thursday looks into the shop window to see Fancy buying jewellery. This is an antiques shop on Turl Street. The same street that the Oxfam bookshop is on. In fact the antiques shop is next door to the bookshop.


Morse and Thursday sit in front of Merton Field looking toward Merton College.


Thank you to a friend on Twitter, La Gazza Ladra who pointed me toward this location.

The location used for the pub after the funeral of George Fancy is the The Elephant Inn, 283 Ballards Ln, London N12 8NR.

Here are some photos taken during filming. I think the photos are the copyright of North Finchley Council.


Thank you to T. Lucas who pointed me toward the location of Eddie Nero’s snooker Hall.

The location is Blue Boar Street, Oxford.


Thank you to Mark for telling me about our next location, the cemetery and crypt where Endeavour finds Roundtree.

This crypt is known as The Colquhuon Mortuary Chapel, Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey.

The Colquhuon Mortuary Chapel, by John Johnson (1807-1878)

To read more about this chapel click here.

Mark wrote that “it was hidden in a very large Rhododendron thicket, Now cleared about 18 months ago. But still not a easy place to find. The plaque was added by the film crew. The Crypt needed some repair before the filming as part of the floor had collapsed.”


It looks like they have used the same pub as used in previous episodes of the fifth series, The Royal Standard of England, Forty Green, Beaconsfield.

Actors who appeared in the Endeavour Series 5, Episode 6 ‘Icarus’ and/or Morse or Lewis.

Felix Scott as Mr. Blackwell. He also appeared in the Lewis episode  ‘And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea’ (Series 2, Episode 1) as Franklin.

I think this is him as the police officer.

Thank you to Geoff Edwards who noted that Michael Simkins who played the headmaster Baldwin Mackenzie was also in Lewis.

Michael was in the Lewis episode,  The Point of Vanishing (Series 3, Episode 3)

In the Lewis episode he played Manfred Canter.


John and Cheryl noted the following; “At 32 minutes the discovery of Roundtree’s body by Endeavour in the crypt has echoes of Morse finding Hanbury in Ghost In The Machine.”


The school where Morse is assigned is Coldwater. There is a 2013 film named Coldwater that details the abuse of juvenile inmates in a privatized American wilderness reform facility. A tenuous reference but the boys at Coldwater were being physically abused.


While Morse and Thursday stare toward Oxford, Fred says “It doesn’t seem much like proper coppering to me. Tomorrow’s World.” The last two words may be an oblique reference to the BBC TV show ‘Tomorrow’s World’ which ran from 1965 to 2003.


When Morse first comes across some of the boys bullying another boy he asks what is going on. The first says “natural selection”  a reference to Charles Darwin who popularised the term “natural selection”, contrasting it with artificial selection, which is intentional, whereas natural selection is not. The next boy says “survival of the fittest”. Not a Darwinian phrase as many think but a phrase that originated in Herbert Spencer’s Principles of Biology. The third says what ‘Mensch und Ubermensch‘. Übermensch is German for “Beyond-Man”, “Superman” etc. The phrase comes from Friedrich Nietzsche’s 1883 book Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Menxch means ‘man. Mensch und Ubermensch is a reference to George Bernard Shaw’s play Man and Superman.



This equation also appears later.

Morse mentions the equation being called The Rifleman’s Rule. Click here to read more about it.


When Morse is reading out the boy’s names from the class register they answer ‘adsum’. Adsum means ‘I am here.’ During the same scene Nero says of Roundtree who has been expelled as ‘abest.’ This is the third-person singular present active indicative of absum. Abest is latin for ‘missing’.


When Morse is looking to find out if Brett Nero is related to the gangster Eddie Nero he finds the above document. His address is given as 15 Iskander Lane, Oxford. There is no such address. Iskander is a name that was given to Alexnder the Great but is also the name given to short-range ballistic missile system produced and deployed by the Russian.


The names of the pupils, Aggravine, Babcock, Clunchfist are all rather Dickensian or a nod to the Alan Bennett play The History Boys. Probably more a nod to Dickens but history boys could be an allusion to the future of Cowley police station and all those who sail in it. However I thought the whole episode reeked of a rip off of the Lindsay Anderson film ‘If’. That film saw pupils shoot staff and parents. Also of course Rudyard Kipling wrote the poem ‘If’ and Kipling is writ large in the episode. On checking IMDB I saw that there is a pupil called Rowntree in the film ‘If’. (If you can’t guess I am sighing as I write this).


Left to right; Bobby Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jnr. All assassinated. Mmmmm could this be a case of foreshadowing.


The matron asks for Morse’s help dealing with Stanlow. Stanlow tells Morse that Mr Ivory “… used to call me “Dak”, sir. I think it’s short for “Daktari“. It’s a programme on the television about a vet in Africa. Hands up all those who remember Daktari. My hand is up.


One of my blog readers, Carol, wrote this comment to me; ” I’ve been wondering if Trewlove is a reference to Frank Thornton’s character in Last of the Summer Wine: Herbert Truelove. He called himself “Truly of the Yard”. Such a coincidence that Trewlove has put in for the Yard!”


Of course the play the boys are rehearsing is Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Ivory’s shirt had 23 puncture wounds. The number of knife wounds suffered by Caesar.


Oh Russell you scamp. You always have to shoehorn in your modern political references mustn’t you.


The plaque reads  ‘Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world’.


Morse looking Ivory’s wallet. He comes across a card for Magdalen Cabs. We first came across the cab firm in the episode Muse (Series 5, Episode 1). The taxi firm is a front for Eddie Nero’s illegal prostitute ring.


In this episode we find out why Bright was so fond of Trewlove. Bright and his wife had a daughter, Dulcie, and by all accounts she died young. Possibly died due to malaria. This revelation let’s us know why Mrs Bright keeps herself so busy with voluntary work etc.


Thank you to Michael Stephenson for the following information; “One major reference I think you missed however is ‘Unman, Wittering and Zigo’, a 1958 radio play by Giles Cooper, later adapted as a film with David Hemmings. The play follows a new teacher at a minor public school (Mr Ebony – compare with Mr Ivory in Endeavour) taking over a form from the previous master who has died in mysterious circumstances, and slowly coming to suspect that his pupils murdered him. There are some Endeavour scenes almost directly lifted from the play, such as Morse finding the bloodstained wallet in the desk during roll call, and many of the pupils’ names are also very reminiscent of the very odd names from the play (where aside from the title characters, there are boys called Cloistermouth, Bungibine and Cuthbun). It’s an excellent play, very atmospheric, and is available on youtube.
Also, the Radio 4 comedy, Bleak Expectations, which parodied Dickens plots, featured a boarding school called St. Bastards!”


Davey Shephard noted two excellent points of interest. Firstly in regard to Fred talking about his move to Oxford from London and how it was like going from black and white to colour. Davey noted that BBC2 broadcast its first colour pictures from Wimbledon in 1967. By mid 1968, nearly every BBC2 programme was in colour. Six months later, colour came to BBC1.

Davey’s second point of interest is that Lily Lesser who played Ravenna Mackenzie.

is Anton Lesser’s daughter.


John Crawford sent me the following note, “Felix Scott as Mr. Blackwell says to Morse “your wife tells me you were at Bamfield”… or possibly Bamfylde, which is the fictional public school in R. F. Delderfield’s 1972 novel “To Serve Them All My Days”.


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

All rights are of course the photographers.


John and Cheryl noted the following,

  • At 50 minutes Fred offers to run Wyn to her sister, Rene’s. In what car? Although their house has a garage we have never seen the Thursday’s with a car of their own.
  • Cheryl has noticed that at 53 minutes either Bodnar and Trewlove or the 3 pupils are taking the wrong route back to Coldwater. Bodnar instructs the boys to go back to school before he fetches the headmaster and they depart in one direction yet also offers to escort Trewlove and they walk in the opposite direction.
  • At 1 hour 6 minutes Endeavour says every summer Ivory travelled to Marrakesh, North Africa and Istanbul, presumably to source drugs. yet Bodnar only mentioned Marrakesh to Endeavour. Also, there is a great distance between Marrakesh and Istanbul; these two places are on different Continents and are separated by the length of the Mediterranean Sea. Would Ivory journey so much for his product? We think not.


Roundtree. Killed by John Ivory or Heroin overdose?

George Fancy shot by ?????????

Don’t even ask me how many others were killed in snooker hall. I was forever losing count. Let’s just write that the body count in this episode was high. 😉

John Ivory stabbed by Mrs. Seymour


Lewis Peek as DC George Fancy.

Shaun Evans as DS Endeavour Morse

Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright

Andrew Buckley as Alun Bodnar

Roger Allam as DCI Fred Thursday

Mark Arden as Eddie Nero

David Jonsson Fray as Cromwell Ames

Dakota Blue Richards as WPC Shirley Trewlove

Aldo Maland as Stanlow

Anson Boon as Brett Nero

Lily Lesser as Ravenna Mackenzie

Caroline Martin as Kate Ivory

Caroline O’Neill as Win Thursday

Sean Rigby as DS Jim Strange

Michael Simkins as Baldwin Mackenzie

Felix Scott as Mr. Blackwell

Madeleine Worrall as Mrs. Seymour

Phil Daniels as Charlie Thursday

James Bradshaw as Dr. Max DeBryn

Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil

Luke Steele as John Ivory

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.

132 thoughts

  1. Chris, in times like this what can we do but read your blog and watch old episodes of Morse and Endeavour. I can not call myself a Lewis fan, although I liked Laurence Fox as James Hathaway.
    Today I´ve watched your video review of Icarus and somehow it gave a deeper impression than to read the review, possibly because one can listen which makes it more alive and vivid. I also respect your knowledge and insight in the Endeavour series and your interesting comments of the art of writing.
    Be careful and take care Chris, you and your family. And that goes of course for all of you people on this blog.

    1. Thank you Bo for your concern. If I had the time I would prefer to create the video reviews and part of me wants to do that for all the episodes eventually. Take care.

      1. Great to see the video review, so thanks Chris. As usual I come on here after a Morse or Endeavour to read your thoughts and see if I have missed anything.

        I would score this as an 8, but I am much more forgiving with this series. In particular the scene in Bright’s house is a masterclass in giving the viewer information in a subtle way and Anton Lesser does so much with a few words.

        Good to see Trewlove have some material at last, but also good that she moves on. A shame that Fancy had little development.

        At this rate the death count in future series will see Oxford as little more than a village. The sadistic PE teacher is a common trope and there was no need for the neo-facist angle.

  2. Watching this episode again another thing hit me. Usually I´m trying to keep a positive approach about the Endeavour episodes, therefore my thoughts here are more to the mysterious side of the matter than anything else. In this episode when Endeavour walks in the forest and finds the missing teachers fountain pen he picks it up and draws a red line in his notebook (at about 01:10:40).
    If I don’t use my fountain pen for a few days it never writes anything on the first try. It’s like it has become dry and you have to write some X and Ys on another piece of paper before the ink comes back and you can use it again.
    Or could it be that my Japanese Sailor doesn’t keep the same quality and standard as the good old English pens? I wonder…

  3. We have just watched this episode again (for the this time I think!). We still enjoy it but have come up with two questions you might be able to help us with:
    1) Did the matron put the shirt and wallet in Morse’s desk? If she did, why did she do it? Or was it the boys? If so, how did they get the shirt.
    2) I don’t quite understand the events around Roundtree’s death. Mr Ivory said he took Roundtree to the station. I can’t get clear in my mind: Roundtree was expelled for hitting a teacher (Mr Ivory). The same teacher missed supervising the film show to take Roundtree to the station. Who supervised Roundtree leaving the school (packing his bags etc)? The matron or just Mr Ivory? This clearly didn’t happen as Roundtree went to the chapel and was discovered by Ivory. Ivory returns saying he took Roundtree to the station. No questions asked. I can’t make that part of the story fit.

    We were in Brookwood Cemetery on Thursday: I wish I had know about the Colquhoun Chapel then, as I could have taken some pictures. A good reason to make another visit. I think there might be a typo on “Colquhoun”?

    1. ‘Colquhoun’ is certainly an unusual name, but a swift google reveals that it is correct. A Scottish clan.

    1. Hi Freddie. I mention it in my review, it’s Jim Reeves. It may be a different song played in the USA broadcast of the episode due to copyright reasons or the Jim Reeves track was too expensive to use. Hope that helps.

  4. Hello from China!

    Do you know what the piano piece is when Morse found George dead and DeBryn said he would start with George in Endeavor S5E6? I did a lot search on internet but found nothing.

    Many Thanks!


    1. Hi Keith. As I mention in my review it is a Jim Reeves song. It may be different outside the UK due to reasons of copyright and cost.

      1. That’s the jukebox song. He’s asking for the piano theme it’s played after. It’s the same played when Morse leaves the school. I’m getting mad trying to find it out.

  5. Hi Chris,

    In recent weeks I’ve finally taken the plunge, and after being a Morse fan since its inception, I’ve binged the first five seasons of Endeavour. A first viewing for me. Unfortunately, I find it hard to argue with your assessment of diminishing returns as we progress through the series.

    I’d like to thank you for your excellent blog. One thing that struck me on watching this episode, and it may be completely fabricated by my own imagination is that the steeple shown immediately after the scene where Trewlove paints her nails and Morse contemplates the wolves circling is remarkably reminiscent of that shown during the closing credits of the 1979 version of the Beeb’s, ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.’

    1. Hi Chris, that is a good observation, and far from being an expert, I would say it is. There is something on top of the spire in TTSS that isn’t there in Icarus. But many other things are the same, for instant the dome and its embellishment.

    2. Hello Chris and welcome to my website. I can’t comment on the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy location similarity as I don’t have access to the series.

  6. I have blundered my way through life with (lost) loves, and everyone Morse fan who had watched the original series already knew that Endeavour would not be succesful in his quest for everlasting love, but I no longer find the never-ending-yes-or-no story between Morse and Joan Thursday ‘believable’. (Apologies, English is not my mother tongue.) I loved Joan from the moment she opened the door for Morse in season 1, she lightens up my screen, but I’m almost on the verge of wishing she would just go. (Despite the lovely scene with her dad at the dinner table.)

    From this season though, I really liked this final episode. I think it comes 2nd after that train episode called ‘Passenger’. I think the plots of these 2 were the best.
    I.c. the personal touch… to me, this episode was an emotional experience: I even cried with Trewlove after Fancy’s death, my eyes got wet when she said goodbye to Bright, and my heart broke when I saw the 4 ‘lads’ together in that empty nick.

    The End?… well no, because here comes Joan again, looking more lovely than ever, and hey… she and Morse might even drink a coffee together.

    Thanks (again) mr, Sullivan, for your fine blog. I only found it this month, but it’s very very interesting to read your reviews. You’re very knowleadgeable about all the series and also way more critical than me, but thanks to you I’m now considering to buy the enitre Lewis series, too. So far, I only saw the first two seasons. I love Kevin Whately as Lewis, but somehow the personality/character of Morse is more appealing to me.

    But first: season 6 of young Morse. 😉

  7. Thank you sincerely for setting up this blog and site. I recently found this series on Amazon and I’m completely hooked. I have not yet seen the original Inspector Morse and I cannot believe it will be as good as this. It is fantastic to read the literary references and the music and art that you describe on this blog related to the episodes. Once again, thank you.

  8. There was a lot of latin in this episode. One character even had a latin name: Gaudibund. from the latin “gaudibundus”: rejoicing, enjoying, having fun

    Regarding the objection that at minute 53 either Bodnar and Trewlove or the 3 pupils are taking the wrong route.
    I thought it did make sense that they went in different directions since Trewlove is coming from Coldwater where she just had a short conversation with Morse (probably after helping Mrs Seymour) and is now on her way back to the cottage when she encounters the boys. After their encounter, Bodnar and Trewlove go in one direction (she continues heading for her cottage and he escorts her). Bodnar says to Trewlove “i`ll walk you back”, I assume he means back to her cottage. And the boys go in the opposite direction (back to school from where Trewlove was coming).
    The school premises seem to be pretty large and I assume the cottages are at some distance to the school itself. For example when heading home frome the pub at minute 29, Bodnar and Morse take different routes through the woods back to their respective cottages (or maybe Bodnar has a room in the school building, I´m not sure). And it is shortly shown in minute 1 and 14 that Kate Ivory lives in a cottage at some distance to the school.

  9. When Morse finds Stanlows book (minute 8), it has some distinctive symbols drawn on it (above the equation). Those symbols look like they might have a meaning beyond just being randomly drawn triangles? Does anyone recognize these symbols?

    At 45 minutes : “It’s a pretty grim topic for somebody painting their toenails.”

    Trewlove: “What are girls supposed to talk about, Morse? Ponies? Kittens? Boys?”

    I love that comeback 😀

      1. Thank you Chris! Then I must have missed that. I only noticed the explanation of the equation that is below the symbols. I will pay more attention next time I watch the episode.

      2. There are also different cuts of the show in different regions. I’ve found several references that were not in the shows that I watch just before coming on here to check in! 🙂

  10. One thing I didn`t get:

    I thought it somewhat unbelievable that Eddie Nero would sell heroin to his son`s teacher. He obviously cared about his son, otherwise he wouldn`t send him to an expensive public school like Coldwater. And when Fred mentions Brett, Eddie Nero gets upset and tells Fred to “leave Brett out of this.” But Eddie Nero must have known that Ivory would sell the heroin to his students. What else was Ivory supposed to do with that much heroin in the middle of nowhere? I find it hard to believe that Eddie Nero would be that stupid (or greedy) and risk his son getting involved in the whole heroin snorting business.
    Or did I miss something?

  11. Above, Paul Thurtle has a question about the bloody shirt: How did it get in Morse’s desk? Did one of the boys say something about finding it in the woods?

    I’ve also got a question about the shirt: Why, if Matron pushed Ivory’s body down the septic, did she take the shirt off him anyway?

    1. Pinching hairs over every little perceived mistake in a telly program is such a sadness.

  12. I watched this episode last night. At the start, they mention that two coppers were killed investigating the goings on at the school, but then they (the two coppers) are not mentioned again. Did I miss something ?

  13. It’s quite some time since I saw this episode, but I don’t think you’ve missed anything Sheldon. I believe we are meant to assume, those two coppers were killed, because they got a little too close to the drug smuggling ring (operated by Eddie Nero) through the school, where of course, the aforementioned gangster’s son attended.

  14. I enjoyed this episode, and having rewatched all of series 5 over the last couple of days, they haven’t been as bad second time round as I had remembered them.

    The gang storyline in series 5 we could have well done without. We got through all the Morse and Lewis series without any gang violence, so thank goodness for Thursday and the gang in the late 60s for cleaning it up for the future generations 🙂

    Apart from the gang storyline, nothing really to fault with the episode.

  15. Hi. I’m getting bananas trying to find out what’s the piano theme played on 1:20:20 when Morse is leaving the school. Sounds like very romantic to me (in the sense of romantic music period: Chopin, Beethoven) Characters are talking above the music so Shazam isn’t useful and it doesn’t appear in any list neither. Please help me before I lose my mind fumbling around piano scores on the whole internet. Thanks 🙂

  16. I don’t think anyone has mentioned that Kate Ivory is a character in Veronica Stallwood’s series of crime novels set in Oxford.

    And on Bamfield/Bamfylde, in the scene at the club near the end, Bright wonders if it was “a pow-wow gone wrong.” Pow-Wow is the nickname the boys give to David Powlett-Jones, the hero of ‘To Serve Them All My Days.’

    Thanks for an insightful review!

  17. “Anthony Van Dyke painting Daedalus and Icarus.” — the artist’s name is conventionally given as Anthony van Dyck. [Anthony van Dyck, in full Sir Anthony van Dyck, Flemish Anthonie van Dyck van Dyck also spelled Vandyke, Anthonie also spelled Antonie or Anton (Britannica.com)]

    “The music from the beginning of the episode is Johann Michael Haydn’s (1737 – 1806) Requiem in c minor (for Fürsterzbischof Sigismund von Schrattenbach)” — according to the subtitles and subslikescript.com the music is Luigi Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor.

    “where Endeavour finds Roundtree.” — according to the subtitles and subslikescript.com and what I heard, the boy’s name was Rowntree (which opens up possible connections with ‘Confection’). It also connects with the film ‘If’, as noted later on. This is repeated many times in the review.

    ” … the filing cabinet being left slightly open by Morse was a reference to the Silent World of Nicholas Quinn…”
    “I will certainly add that to my post.” You have not added it yet, Chris.

    1. I am working on a review of the episode, Death is Now my Neighbour. However, I’ve decided it would be better if YOU wrote the review and include all the rest of the information in a review post that I create. Also remember to create a video review not a written one.

  18. My recording of this episode includes adverts, so my timing is approximate. At about 1 hour 11 minutes from the start, Morse tells Trewlove that “the boys have got double chemistry with Bodnar”. I have to assume that he means the Lower Sixth, for whom he is responsible, so this gives him the opportunity to “head into town, see if there’s any more on this Rowntree post mortem.” Yet, what seems like only a few minutes later, Trewlove meets three of the Lower Sixth by the kissing gate. They tell her that they have a free double period. They are obviously lying, but, moments later, Bodnar turns up. Shouldn’t he be teaching them chemistry in a school laboratory? A double period will last at least an hour and a half, perhaps two hours. If we assume that these scenes are shown in the order that they occur, we know that this meeting occurs within this time period, because the next scene shows Morse and Thursday with Dr DeBryn in the mortuary. There are flashbacks at the beginning of the episode, but we are in a steady narrative by this time.

    Mrs Seymour stabbed Ivory in a frenzy, so it was purely by chance that she stabbed him 23 times. That seems a lot, even for someone in a frenzy. She could have stabbed him more than 23 times, as they only had the holes in the shirt to go on, and her knife could have gone through the same hole more than once, perhaps just making the hole bigger. Rather more is made of this than it deserves, I feel. Davies just showing off his arcane knowledge through Morse.

    Did you get Dr DeBryn’s joke? “What a treat. Better start going through the
    motions.” (referring to the septic tank). That reminded me of another joke: “You don’t swim in the Mediterranean, you just go through the motions.”

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