ENDEAVOUR: S6EP3, CONFECTION. Review + Locations, Literary References, Music etc. SPOILERS

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SPOILERS AHEAD!

Endeavour Series six, Episode Three; ‘CONFECTION’.

Chronologically this is episode 26.

First broadcast 24th February 2019.

Where’s Colin?

He’s Mr Quill, the writer.

Directed by Leanne Welham. (No connections to 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’.

SYNOPSIS

“The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable!” Oscar Wilde.

Midsomer murders meets Agatha Christie meets Blood Bath at the OK Corrall meets Blue Velvet.

Here is the opening of the film, Blue Velvet, by the wonderful David Lynch

Here is the opening of Confection.

REVIEW.
(warning, this review will contain some spoilers)

It’s a shame that the two pieces of classical music used in the ‘Confection’ episode are so short and that one of those pieces is the bland Vienna Blood Waltz Overture by Johann Strauss. I suppose it’s better than nothing, but…
I think this Russell has forgotten that classical music is part of not only Morse himself but the Morse universe. Classical music is the connective tissue that umbilically links the three series. Or at least it did until the last two series of Endeavour where we find that classical music is pushed aside for rock and pop music of the era. We had one episode in the last series, ‘Colours’, that had NO classical music.
The Endeavour series is losing interest in its parents, Morse, Lewis and Colin Dexter and like an unruly teenager has decided that it doesn’t care about its heritage, its responsibility and it’s genetic inheritance. I believe it is because of this that the series is dying a slow and painful death.
Russell Lewis adopted Colin Dexter’s child but has began to neglect it in favour of showy references, a turgid love story and plots that have about as much substance, in regard to a crime drama, as a game of Cluedo.  You are not only letting down the viewers but you are also letting down the actors and the crew. They are all doing sterling work in creating the world of Endeavour. But, you are not giving them the ammunition to shoot a first class series. The ammunition you are supplying is damp squibs and blanks. 
Mr Lewis, before you write series seven, sit down in front of your television and watch all 33 episodes of the original Morse series. Watch and revel in the quality of the writing and the storytelling. Watch and admire your own first three series of Endeavour.
Then put your best record on loud as it’ll play and with every note, you remember there’s something that the darkness can’t take from you. That you are a great writer and can make series seven the best series ever written for the Morse universe.
Here is that synopsis of the Agatha Christie novel, The Moving Finger.
When troubled war veteran Jerry Burton and his sister Joanna relocate to the quiet little village of Lymstock in order to allow Jerry to recuperate from injuries received in what he claims is a motorcycle accident, they are expecting nothing more than country sleepiness and tedium. Much to their surprise, however, they find themselves embroiled in the middle of scandal and secrets; someone is sending vicious poison-pen letters to the residents. A local dignitary has already taken his own life over the letters, and it’s not long before local gossip Mona Symmington also commits suicide after receiving a letter. But when the letter-writer apparently resorts to murder, Jerry finds his curiosity stoked despite himself, and he’s not the only one; Miss Jane Marple is also in Lymstock, and she’s decided that it’s long past time someone got to the bottom of this unpleasant business.
DOES THAT SOUND FAMILIAR? It wouldn’t surprise if the Christie estate didn’t sue Russell Lewis for plagiarism.

Episode Jag Rating – out of 10.

 

MUSIC

The music mentioned below is from the original British Broadcast. Due to copyright reasons the music may differ in other countries.

Darlene wrote this in the comments regarding the song used in the USA episode to replace the Roy Orbison song, ” I continued researching and located the music studio (DNA Music Ltd) who worked with Barrington Pheloung and often provided the talent and music supervision for him and Endeavour. The talent agent/music supervisor, Amanda Street, responded to my message in Facebook.She said the producers wanted a Roy Orbison vibe and so DNA hired the songwriter Tom Kelly (I’ll Stand by You, Like a Virgin) to write the song and singer, songwriter, composer, Tim Dickinson, in the UK to sing the song.”

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It is the Vienna Blood Waltz Overture by Johann Strauss.

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Morse is sitting in his office at about one hour and 17 minutes and is listening to music as Jim Strange appears.

He is listening to Bellini’s opera Norma in particular the aria Casta Diva.

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When Fred goes up to order a another two pints for him and Ronnie we hear P.P Arnold’s ‘The First Cut is the Deepest’.

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During Mr and Mrs Bright dinner they are listening to Chopin’s Nocturne Op.9, No.2.

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Kudos go to Alison one of my subscribers who mentioned in the comments section that there was a piece of classic music at the scene when the riders and the hounds return from the hunt and then have a spot of lunch. The piece is Mozart’s Divertimento in D K136.  Thank you Alison and well spotted.

LITERARY REFERENCES.

Strange joins Morse and Max at the dead body of a drug user. Strange says to Max, “Choked on his own puke, has he?” Max replies, “Been at the Keats again, Sergeant?” Max is of course referring to the romantic poet of the late 18thC and early 19thC  John Keats.

ART

Stonor Park Dining Room. The large panoramic painting on the wall is by Dufours of 1815.

Here is a better look at the painting.

The other paintings I don’t recognise but they are probably all portraits of family members.

LOCATIONS

Here we have what is the chocolate factory. It is in fact Kempton Steam Museum. This location was also used in the Endeavour episode ‘Game’. It was the place of work of the young black lad, Smalls.

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Shown near the beginning of the episode as the milk van drives past. This house is right beside the Cottage Bookshop.

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The Cresswell’s beautiful Manor House. It is in fact Stonor, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6HF.

 

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Scene of the dead drug taker. Unidentified.

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This is where Thursday sees Jago taking a package and putting it in his trouser pocket. Thursday thinks it is drugs.

Holywell Street has also been used in the Endeavour episodes ‘Girl’ (S1E1) and ‘Home’ (S1E4)

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Bell’s farm.

Thanks to Kyle who identified the above as Rockwell End nr Frieth, Buckinghamshire.

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The village high street.

The actual location is the Cottage Bookshop, Elm Rd, Penn, High Wycombe HP10 8LB.

Sadly the bookshop closed last year after 60 years of trading.

Mrs Clamp’s shop is also Elm Rd, Penn, High Wycombe HP10 8LB.

 

This is also in Elm Road, High Wycombe next to the bookshop.

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Endeavour going to meet Jago about the boy who committed suicide. This is Oriel College.

‘Regnante Carolo’ is carved into the parapet to commemorate the reign of Charles I in which the Quad was finished. The phrase means ‘Charles, being King’.

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The pond where Endeavour meets Isla Fairford is in the middle of the village where much of the scenes were filmed,

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The library where Max and Reginald have that talk.

This is the Goodman Library and Morris Room in the Oxford union library.

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Isla and her father’s house. Unidentified.

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Morse attends a car crash as requested by Bright.

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Where Morse finds Thursday at the end of the episode.

64 High Street Old Town in Hemel Hempstead. This restaurant was used as the setting for the crime drama Pie in the Sky which starred the late actor Richard Griffiths. For Morse connection see below.

PUB LOCATIONS

Morse and Isla have a drink.

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Thursday and Box have a cosy chat and a drink.

I believe that the two ‘pubs’ are film sets built specifically for the episode. Sadly another tradition gone from the Morse universe; using real pubs in Oxfordshire.

Actors who appeared in the Endeavour Series 6, Episode 3 ‘CONFECTION’ and/or Morse or Lewis.

Christopher Bowen who played the vet Charles Shepherd was in the Lewis episode ‘Dark Matter’ (S4E2) as Professor Andrew Crompton.

 

We also have the actor Sophie Stanton who was Letty Clump .

Sophie appeared in the Lewis episode, The Mind has Mountains (series 5, episode 3) as Shauna Malin.

CONNECTIONS OTHER THAN ACTORS TO THE LEWIS AND ORIGINAL MORSE SERIES

The above and the plot owes a great deal to the Morse episode Happy Families, series 6, episode 2. That episode was also about a hate campaign though that hate campaign was against a rich family and Morse and was initiated by the press.

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And a certain Kent Finn appears again if only in book form.

As most of you will know I believe that Kent Finn is the notorious Hugo DeVries from the Morse episode Masonic Mysteries. Kent Finn appeared in the Endeavour episode ‘Game’ (S4E1). We see one of his books,  ‘Just for Jolly’ in the episode, ‘Muse’ (S5E1). Kent Finn was mentioned in this episode, ‘Lazaretto (S4E3)’ by the hospital librarian, Lester Fagen, when offering books to CS Bright.

Kent Finn as played by  Adam James in ‘Game’

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Clemmie was referred to as a ‘brood mare’ when she was caught listening at the door as Rupert and Murray argued. That phrase stuck in my mind as I believed it was a phrase used in a Morse episode. A few hours later I remembered. It was said by Dr. Esther Martin as to what  John Peter Barrie called her in the excellent Morse episode, ‘Day of the Devil’.

Harriet Walter as Dr. Esther Martin

Keith Allen as John Peter Barrie

Is there any significance to this phrase? I don’t think so. It’s just my Morse addled mind working overtime. But…

Strangely there is another connection to the Morse episode, Day of the Devil, Richard Griffiths. Let’s have a shufty.

Richard Griffiths starred in the crime drama, Pie in the Sky. The restaurant used for the series is the same restaurant we see Morse peering through at the end of the  episode.

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The Kempton Steam Engine Museum was also used in the Lewis episode Beyond Good and Evil.

The episode also had a connection to the Morse episode Sins of the Father. That episode is the one where Morse investigate a murder at a brewery. There is a look about the Kempton Steam Museum that is like the location used in the Morse episode.

There is also a similarity as to were Stephen Radford in Sins of the Father

And Murray Cresswell were found.

Miscellaneous

A foreshadowing of what is to come in the episode, blood and guts.

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Hold on to your hats because there is quite a few references to the following children’s British TV shows. First up;

Russell Lewis from the very beginning is shooting references from the hip  and these references stir up some happy childhood memories. Chigton Green appears to be a combination of three children’s programmes from the 1960s; Trumpton (the ‘ton’ of Chigton), Chigley, (the ‘chig’ part of Chigton) and Camberwick Green. All three shows were part of the same universe. they all inhabited Trumptonshire.

All three shows used stop motion not unlike the method used to create the wonderful Wallace and Gromit.

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Here we go with Russell naming many characters in the episode after characters from the three children’s shows previously mentioned.

The name of Clamp used in the episode for Sarah and Letty Clamp is a reference to a character in the 1960s Children’s progamme, Trumpton. Mr Clamp was the the greengrocer; his shop is ‘J Clamp & Son’, and his theme song is ‘Come buy my vegetables’.

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Another Trumpton reference is PC Rich Potter. Police Constable Potter is Trumpton’s policeman.

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Michael Murphy played in the episode by Joe Bone is a reference to Mr Mickey Murphy – the village baker.

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Cresswell Confections is a reference to Mr Cresswell – the owner and general manager of the factory in the children’s show Chigley.

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There is a Mr Carroway the fishmonger in the village.

Guess what. There is a Mr Carraway the fishmonger in Camberwick Green.

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The steam whistle that blows near the beginning of the episode is probably a nod to the buildings real identity, a steam engine museum.

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I noted that Barrington Pheloung was back on music duties in this episode rather than Matthew Slater.

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And a certain Kent Finn appears again if only in book form.

As most of you will know I believe that Kent Finn is the notorious Hugo DeVries from the Morse episode Masonic Mysteries.

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In the scene at about 10 minutes we see the fox hunters stuffing their face and quaffing champagne. I wonder if this is a nod to the Oscar Wilde quote, ““The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable!”

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Gidburys is said to be on the verge of taking over Cresswells, or at least a merger. Gidburys was mentioned in the Endeavour episode, ‘Passenger’ (S5E3)

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When Morse and Max are in the college attending the suicide of Rufus Bura, Morse notices that he had been listening to Mahler. Mahler is famously (or should that be infamously) noted as music to slit your wrists to as it can be deemed as rather depressing.

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When Max and Endeavour are talking in the college quad they are discussing the ‘derelict’ who died from the drugs overdose. Endeavour says, “A soldier, possibly.” Max replies, “Known Unto God.” Known unto God is a phrase used on the gravestones of unknown soldiers in Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) cemeteries. It was devised by Rudyard Kipling.

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As the above scene is closing we hear church bells. A reference to the poem by John Donne?

For Whom the Bell Tolls by John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

Or maybe i’m reading to much into such a simple thing as bells ringing.

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Endeavour is talking to Ronnie Box about the death of Rufus Bura and how it may be linked to the other deaths. Endeavour says, “I spoke to a Rhodes scholar that Bura played rugby with, name of Clinton.” The Rhodes Scholarship is an international postgraduate award for students to study at the University of Oxford. Clinto refers of course to Bill Clinton. Clinton won a Rhodes Scholarship to University College, Oxford, where he initially read for a B.Phil

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Bucephalus the name of the horse that was lame and had to be shot is named after the horse of Alexander the Great.

Alexander taming Bucephalus, Edinburgh City Chambers, Scotland.

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When Endeavour arrives to take Isla out on a date her father reads out a crossword clue, “Slaughter horse and worry about it. ” Endeavour answers “Carnage.” For those unsure of cryptic clues in a crossword here is how the answer is formed. Cryptic clues usually have two parts: there will be a word or words that are for example a synonym of the answer, in this ‘slaughter’. Then there will be the ‘cryptic part’  The Horse is a ‘nag’. To worry is to ‘care’. The ‘about it’ part means it wants you to put ‘care’ around the word ‘nag’. Of course a slaughter is a ‘carnage’.

I’m wondering if this is some sort of portentous warning of things to come. Yikes!

Update 28th February: A friend on Twitter told me that “The cryptic crossword clue that you spotted… ‘carnage’: at least one French to Spanish translation gives us ‘degüello’ for this…
Degüello is the title of the next #Endeavour episode. Fascinating.

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Judith Neal, who moonlights as Miss Ling the agony aunt, tells Endeavour that she uses the Adler favourite Two typewriter as does the the person sending the poison pen letters. Famous names who used an Adler typewriter are; Kingsley Amis, Maya Angelou, Margaret Drabble, Stanley Kubrick and Joe Orton.

FRED THURSDAY’S WORDS OF WISDOM.

None that I noticed in this episode.

MAX DEBRYN’S WITTICISMS

Strange joins Morse and Max at the dead body of a drug user. Strange says to Max, “Choked on his own puke, has he?” Max replies, “Been at the Keats again, Sergeant?” Max is of course referring to the poet John Keats.

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When inspecting the dead boy in the bath,  Rufus Bura, at a Oxford college, Max says, “It’s all a bit coppery, I’m afraid. Appropriately enough. Just a hint of sucrose.” Morse’s reply is, “Oh, must you? It’s a bloodbath, not a Cotes du Rhone.”

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Talking to Morse over the dead body of Rufus Bura in a bath, he says, “alles in Ordnung” which translated from the German means,  “Everything (is) in order.” Not really witty but very Max.

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Standing over Murray’s dead, chocolate covered body, Max says, “I won’t be able to confirm cause until I’ve got his lid off.”

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As above standing over Murray’s body he let’s it be known that he was not killed by a gun. “Could have been done with any number of pointed instruments.” Jago asks, “Such as?” Max replies Oh, a spiked bayonet, medieval misericord, rondel dagger, the Japanese sai.”

 

THE MURDERED, THEIR MURDERER/S AND THEIR METHODS.

Drug taker died by overdose. herion laced with quinine. He choked on his own ‘vomitus’.

Greville Cresswell, shot. Killed by Rennet Bell.

Mandy-Jane Bell shot by her husband Rennet Bell.

Rennet Bell, suicide by shotgun.

Rufus Bura, suicide. Slashed his wrists. Rufus killed himself because he felt guilty over the death of the Bells. Rufus was the one who posted Isla’s letters from Oxford.

Murray, death by choloate. 😉 Actually, killed by the vet’s gun that he uses to put down horses. Killed by Isla Fairford.

BRITISH COLLOQUIALISMS TRANSLATED.

Max says to Strange over the dead body of drug taker, “Furthers and betters once I’ve had a fillet.” This refers to additional information required to provide sufficient accuracy.

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Ronnie asks Fred if he wants to go for a ‘livener’. This is something with an invigorating effect, especially an alcoholic drink.

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Ronnie Box says to Fred in the pub when he thought Thursday wouldn’t take the envelope full of money, “Blimey For a minute there, you had me giving you two-bob, thrupenny bit.”

Thrupney Bit is the shits and two-bob is the squits, (diarrhoea). Sorry for the colourful images.

 

CAST

Joe Bone as Michael Murphy

Oliver Farnworth as PC Rich Potter

Christopher Harper as John Hazel

Katie Goldfinch as Sarah Clamp

Sean Rigby as DS Jim Strange

Roger Allam as DI Fred Thursday

Shaun Evans as DS Endeavour Morse

Jack Hawkins as Murray Creswell

Claudia Jolly as Clemmie Creswell

Ben Lamb as Rupert Creswell

Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil

Christopher Bowen as Charles Shepherd

Carol Royle as Mrs Bright

Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright

Richard Riddell as DS Alan Jago

Simon Harrison as DCI Ronnie Box

Tilly Blackwood as Judith Neal

Caroline O’Neill as Win Thursday

Sophie Stanton as Letty Clamp

Olivia Chenery as Isla Fairford

James Bradshaw as Dr. Max DeBryn

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138 thoughts

  1. Just made the observation that Carol Royle, as Mrs Bright, does not look like the woman in the photograph Chief Superintendent Bright is having on his desk in the episode Ride (S3E1 – 01:04:16). She could of course have changed her hairstyle and colour, or it is not his wife. Anyway, many thanks to you for running this page.

  2. It Dreams by Roy Orbison is not what opened this episode in the U.S. tunefind.com has it listed as I Dream Of You by Matt Malon, I can’t find it anywhere. Can you give me info on this please.

    1. Nancy. People have asked for a year who is singing the opening song in Confection as the character dresses for work. As has been said, it is not Roy Orbison or any others suggested. I continued researching and located the music studio (DNA Music Ltd) who worked with Barrington Pheloung and often provided the talent and music supervision for him and Endeavour.
      The talent agent/music supervisor, Amanda Street, responded to my message in Facebook.She said the producers wanted a Roy Orbison vibe and so DNA hired the songwriter Tom Kelly (I’ll Stand by You, Like a Virgin) to write the song and singer, songwriter, composer, Tim Dickinson, in the UK to sing the song. I believe he has also done opera as well.
      I hope this finally settles who sang the Orbison-like song in Confection.
      https://dna-music.com/services

      1. Thank you Darlene. However, the opening song is Roy Orbison in the original British broadcast of the episode. Due to copyright reasons the original Roy Orbison song, In Dreams, could not be used in the USA and elsewhere. This is why the producers wanted ‘a Roy Orbison vibe.’

      2. Thanks so much Cris about Confection using the original Roy Orbison song in the UK and the copyright issues. I was just responding to the questions from many viewers about the US song /version, which had an Orbison vibe. I just wanted to clarify that it was not Orbison in the US. And luckily I found out who wrote and sung the song for the US version of Endeavour on your site by my conversations with DNA Music LTD. Take care and stay safe!

      3. Thanks Darlene. I am going to make a note of the information you supplied to answer any future enquiries about the song. I will also add the info to my post.

  3. Could there be any connection between the Adler typewriter and Irene Adler, the woman who outwitted Sherlock Holmes in “A Scandal in Bohemia”? I’ll admit it seems unlikely as the story was published in 1891 and the Adler company began in 1896, with the first typewriters being produced in 1898. But it could be why the letters were written on an Adler typewriter in this episode.

  4. Squatting next to the body of Murray Cresswell, Max says, “He died some time between nine and midnight.” I wonder how Max determined this, as Cresswell was found in a bubbling bath of chocolate, so body temperature would be useless. Then he says, “I won’t be able to determine cause until I’ve got his lid off.” (meaning the skull covering the brain, I suppose.) But he continues, “A single circular wound about half an inch diameter to the base of the skull.” Now wouldn’t you think that that was a powerful clue as to the cause of death? He would hope to find a bullet, if Cresswell had been shot, I suppose. Since Cresswell is still clothed and covered in chocolate, there could be another wound, to the heart, perhaps, but getting his lid off would not help there. Box then says, “Shot then, surely?” Morse corrects him, “No, there’s no starburst pattern which one would expect from a discharge at point-blank range.” Nobody has suggested that the shot (if there had been one) was at point-blank range. Max then has the best line, “The only thing one can pronounce with certainty at this juncture is that he came to a sticky end.”

  5. I asked Amanda Street for clarification of the song at the start of this episode. She kindly wrote back:
    “Yes I confirmed that Tom Kelly (Barrington’s assistant on ENDEAVOUR) wrote the song, not the Tom Kelly you have listed below [i.e. the writer of “I’ll Stand By You” and “Like a Virgin”]. Tim Dickinson was on vocals.
    This was created for the US version as Roy Orbison was too expensive to clear.”
    Roy Orbison “In Dreams” (UK) / Tom Kelly “I Dream Of You” (US)
    Sorted!

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