ENDEAVOUR: S2E1, TROVE. Review + Locations, Literary References, Music etc. SPOILERS

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Endeavour Series Two, Episode One; ‘TROVE’.

Chronologically this is episode 6.

First broadcast 30 March 2014.

Where’s Colin?

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Mr Dexter sitting on the bench at 28 minutes and 10 seconds.

Directed by Kristoffer Nyholm 

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’.


Four months after the events of the episode Home where Endeavour was shot and his father passed away Endeavour returns to Oxford police Station. Endeavour had been put on light duties at Witney, “counting paperclips”.

However, Endeavour still hasn’t fully recovered from the events of four months ago, mentally, emotionally and physically. But he is thrown in at the deep end dealing with a missing girl, theft of items from Beaufort College and the death of a private investigator. Things are not helped with Endeavour’s least favourite group of people, The Freemasons, possibly being part of the whole sorry mess.

(warning, this review will contain some spoilers)

Suffice to say that all actors are at the top of their game in this episode. They say that acting is not about acting but about reacting. This ‘reacting’ is at an apogee in this clip. There are many other things I like about it but in particular is Roger Allam, as Fred Thursday, facial reactions to Endeavour near the end of the clip. After Endeavour jumps at the sound of falling glass Fred tries to bring the emotional state of the table back down to earth. He picks up his sandwiches and says, “Right then, let’s see. Thursday, must be…” Fred looks to Morse to reply as he normally does by telling him what it is and so spoiling the ‘surprise’. But…

Even Jakes is feeling sorry for Endeavour.


Another great scene is where Endeavour meets Copley-Barnes. I love Jakes joy at Endeavour’s put down.

See literary references below for information about the Venerable Bede.


Next we have a scene that I think is in every Endeavour fans top five favourite scenes of all the six series.


This is another scene that subtly tells us all is well in the world. How? Endeavour tells Fred what his sandwich filling is.

Episode Jag Rating – out of 10.


The first is played at the beginning and end of the episode, Brahms ‘Ein Deutsches Requiem’ (A German Requiem). Op. 45: Denn alles fleish es ist wie gra. (Behold, all flesh is as the grass).

If you want to hear the whole piece here it is below.


The music at around the 51 minute mark is ‘La Gioconda, Act IV: Suicidio’. La Gioconda is an opera in four acts by Amilcare Ponchielli.


At around the one hour mark we have Lucia di Lammermoor – Mad scene by Gaetano Donizetti.


At around one hour and five minutes when the police raid the photographer’s studio the music playing is  Matthäus Passion, BWV 244: Kommt, ihr Töchter, helftmir klagen ( Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Come, daughters, help me complain).


At one hour and 16 minutes when the election results and the beuaty queen winner are about to be announced we hear La Traviata: Act 1, Libiamo by Verdi.


For a list of all the Endeavour music in all six series click here; PDF – Music from Endeavour update march 2019

Excel sheet of the music – Music from Endeavour



Looking down on the body on the car Max says, “Not how i’d “my own quietus make“.

Quietus is a poetic, old-fashioned word for death. It’s a way of viewing death as an “eternal rest,” or as a release from the turmoil of life, and also a delicate way to refer to the fact that someone has died. Shakespeare used the word quietus in his “to be or not to be” soliloquy in “Hamlet,”


Bright asks Endeavour if he will be up to dealing with the suicide on his first day back. Endeavour says yes. Bright replies, “Once more unto the breach eh.” from Shakespeare’s Henry V, spoken by King Henry
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility.


When Endeavour corrects Copley-Barnes in regards to dates he mentions the Venerable Bede and the The Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum. Bede was was an English Benedictine monk at the monastery of St. Peter and its companion monastery of St. Paul in the Kingdom of Northumbria of the Angles (contemporarily Monkwearmouth–Jarrow Abbey in Tyne and Wear, England).

The Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Latin: Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum), written by the Venerable Bede in about AD 731, is a history of the Christian Churches in England, and of England generally.


In the scene where Thursday, Endeavour et al confront Batten, Val and Frisco Thursday says “Murder will out.” The phrase murder will out, literally “murder will become public”, appears as far back as Geoffrey Chaucer’s works


None to speak of.


This is All Souls College a view from University Church of Mary the Virgin.


This is Broad Street, Oxford.


This is the scene where Pettifer lands on the car. This was filmed in Brasenose Lane. The telephone box in the background was added by the film crew.


Endeavour and Max discussing Pettifer’s death. This is above the back of the High Street between Alfred Street and King Edward Street.

Front view of the first photo.


This is Kitty going to college. This is Merton Street with the entrance to Merton College in the background. Kitty is walking from Oriel Square.

The same location is used when Endeavour and Thursday detour around the parade.


Endeavour returning to his flat.

This is Parktown. Ironically, he is staying opposite to where Dr. Daniel Cronyn, Endeavour’s nemesis from the Fugue episode, lived.


Endeavour goes to retrieve the Pettifer’s pawned item.

This is Turl Street which has been used countless times in Morse, Lewis and Endeavour.

The antique shop is where Endeavour is looking into the window in the photo above.


Next up Endeavour is looking wistfully toward the Cherwell River. Magdalen College can be seen in the background.

Oh by the way, there is no bench in that area. The bench is put there by the film crew.


Justin Delfarge, the photographer, trying to make a getaway. First he is seen driving down New College lane.

Then he seen driving along Dead Man’s Walk adjacent to Merton Field.

Merton College is in the background.

Then he is seen driving through the grounds of Christ Church next to Christ Church Gardens.


Endeavour and Thursday at the entrance to Trill Mill Stream.

In the background is Magdalen College. The location is Addision’s Walk.

If you want to learn about Trill Mill Stream then visit this website https://trillmillstream.wordpress.com/


The team go to investigate the theft of the Wolvercote Trove.

This is Merton College.

I did some filming of Merton College while in Oxford. Here is a short clip from that film to show you the above location used.

I will be uploading the full video very soon.


This is also Merton College.

Of course Merton College stood in for Endeavour’s Alma mater, Lonsdale in the pilot episode.


I haven’t as yet found this location below.

This is the hotel where Endeavour visits to talk to Diana Day.


The swimming pool where the beauty pageant is being held.

This is Tooting Bec Lido.


I believe all three scenes filmed in and outside the same pub,

The Royal Standard of England pub, Forty Green, Buckinghamshire, England, UK.


Actors who appeared in the Endeavour Series 2, Episode 1 ‘TROVE’ and/or Morse or Lewis.

There are quite a few returning actors so let’s crack on.

Firstly we have Jonathan Coy. In the Endeavour episode he played the part of Archie Batten.

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Jonathan Coy as Archie Batten.

His other appearance was in the Morse episode, ‘Happy Families’.


Jonathan Coy as Harry Balcombe in the Morse episode, ‘Happy Families’ (Series 6, Episode 2).


Beth Goddard played Barbara Batten.

She also played Belinda Ashton in the Lewis episode ‘The Great and the Good’, (Series 2, Episode 4).


Next we have David Westhead who starred as Val Todd.

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David Westhead as Val Todd.

David Westhead also appeared in the Lewis episode, ‘Gift of Promise’ (Series 5, Episode 4).


David Westhead as Leon Suskin in the Lewis episode, ‘Gift of Promise’.

The next had only a small part in each of her appearances but connect the Morse universe they do. Her name is Kay Lavrentiera and she played Frida Yelland in the Endeavour episode.

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Kay Lavrentiera as Frida Yelland.

In the Lewis episode Kay played the hotel cleaner.


Kay Lavrentiera as the hotel cleaner in the Lewis episode,’Old School Ties’ (Series 2, Episode 1).

Next up we have Michael Hobbs who apart form appearing in this episode also appeared in the pilot Lewis episode.

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Michael Hobbs as the Returning Officer in Trove.


Michael Hobbs as the Club Secretary in the Lewis pilot episode.

Again an actor with a small part, (insert your own joke here), Richard Herdman. In this episode he was the ambulance man and in two Lewis episodes he played a police officer.

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That’s Richard Herdman on the right as the ambulance man in Trove.


Richard Herdman as a police officer in the Lewis episode, ‘Intelligent Design’ (Series 7, Episode 3).

Richard also played a police man in the Lewis episode, ‘The Ramblin’ Boy’ (Series 7, Episode 2). I dont have a picture of this.


First and possibly foremost is the character of Dr. Matthew Copley Barnes who apart from turning up in this episode also appeared in ‘The Infernal Serpent’ (Series 4, episode 1), an episode in the original Morse.

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Jamie Parker as Dr. Matthew Copley Barnes in ‘Trove’.

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Geoffrey Palmer as Dr. Matthew Copley Barnes in the Morse episode ‘The Infernal Serpent’.

We also glimpse in this episode Dr. Matthew Copley Barnes’s daughter, Imogen and his wife, Blanche.

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Imogen Copley Barnes, his daughter and his wife Blanche. (The actors are not credited).

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Blanche Copley Barnes as played by Barbara Leigh-Hunt

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Imogen as played by Irene Richard.

The next connective character is mentioned and barely seen and he is Danny Griffon. Danny Griffon appeared in the pilot episode of Lewis, usually known as ‘Reputation’. Well. when I say ‘appeared’ that isn’t quite accurate. He doesn’t physically appear (apart for a few seconds in a flashback) in the Lewis episode but is only mentioned as the dead father of Daniel Griffon, the troubled maths student.


A picture of Danny Griffon which is on Daniel Griffon’s desk in his student lodgings.

Danny Griffon is ‘seen’ twice in the Endeavour episode. Once as a judge at the beauty contest below.

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And again when posing for pictures with the beauty queen Diane Day.

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Russell Lewis, the writer of this and all episodes of Endeavour, wrote the story for the Lewis pilot episode but not the screenplay. As far as I am aware Russell Lewis had no connection with the Morse episode, ‘The Infernal Serpent’.


Other actor connections but only to other Endeavour episodes are Nick Waring who plays the Force Medical Examiner in two Endeavour episodes, ‘Trove’ and ‘Neverland’.


Shvorne Marks as Monica Hicks who plays the Nurse and Endeavour’s girlfriend for a while, appears in six episodes. All four of the second series and two in the third series.


Shvorne Marks as Monica Hicks.

Stuart Matthews plays the party political official in ‘Trove’ and a barman in ‘Nocturne’, (Series 2, Episode 2).


Stuart Matthews in the background as a barman in the episode ‘Nocturne’.



A very interesting verbal connection is made in ‘Trove’ to-wit the Wolvercote Trove. This trove included the late Saxon belt buckle mentioned in the Morse episode, ‘The Wolvercote Tongue’ (Series 2, Episode1).


The Wolvercote Belt Buckle as shown in the Morse episode, ‘The Wolvercote Tongue’. A representative picture of the tongue is shown through the perspex.

In the Morse episode a rich American was donating the Wolvercote Tongue to reunite it with the belt buckle.


The Wolvercote Tongue being brought to the surface by divers in, ‘The Wolvercote Tongue’.


In the ‘Trove’ episode Endeavour mentions a Mary Richardson who famously slashed the ‘Rokeby Venus’ painting by Diego Velázquez.


‘Rokeby Venus’ painting by Diego Velázquez.

Apart from the fact that Endeavour gave the wrong year for the incident, (it was 1914 not 1913), I believe. possibly wrongly, that this painting was either mentioned or shown in a Lewis or Morse episode but for the life of me I can’t remember which one. I had a quick look through the Morse episode, ‘Who Killed Harry Field?’ as there is a lot of art shown and mentioned in that but to no avail. It rings the proverbial bell as I love art, my daughter is an artist, and I love Diego Velázquez, and for those reasons I’m sure I recall seeing it in either a Morse or Lewis episode. Anyway, onwards and upwards.


I had to smile when I saw one of the books on Morse’s bedside table. It is a book I read in my twenties, ‘Germany Puts the Clock Back’ by Edgar Ansel Mowrer. A great read. I’m trying to figure out why Russell Lewis, if it was him, had that particular book placed in view of the camera. It may simply be that many people in the sixties read it due to its brilliant assessment of Hitler and Fascism and to help to try and understand why WW2 came about. We know that Morse eventually learns German as he speaks it in the episode, ‘Who Killed Harry Field?’. I’m grasping at the proverbial straws here to try and find a connection.

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Here’s two tenuous links you are going to like. Firstly, the actor Nigel Cooke who played Walter Fisher in ‘Trove’.


Nigel is married to Sorcha Cusack who of course played Endeavour’s sister Joyce.

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Sorcha Cusack as Joyce Garrett (her married name) in the Morse episode, ‘Cherubim and Seruphim’.

Secondly, and this is very tenuous, Beth Goddard who played Barbara Batten.


Barbara is married to Philip Glenister whose brother is Robert Glenister who played Lewis in the BBC Morse radio dramas. I told you it was very tenuous.


Max and Endeavour are on the roof where the supposed suicide jumped from. Endeavour asks, “’cause?” Max replies, ” Something of a salmagundi.” Salmagundi (sometimes abbreviated as salmi) is a dish of seasoned meats, stewed with vegetables.


This is tenuous and you are all going to shake your head but hear me out. When Endeavour visits the garage at around the 15 minute mark there is a poster on the wall.

As you can see the holiday camp is called ‘Caplins’. In Hitchcock’s masterpiece North by Northwest the character that Thornhill (played by the wonderful Cary Grant. Oh to be that handsome and charming), is mistaken for someone called Kaplan. The twist being, SPOILER ALERT, Kaplan doesn’t exist. So, this holiday camp doesn’t exit either in the episode or real life.  Please all stop shaking your head. 😉


At around 36 minutes Endeavour meets Tony Frisco. They shake hands.

Did Tony give Endeavour a Masonic handshake? Tony’s pinkie finger is in between both of their palms and watch the clip below to see Endeavour’s reaction.



When Endeavour visits London looking for Pettifer’s office he looks at signs on the wall.

I believe Pacific All-Risk Insurance is a reference to the excellent 1944 film noir Barbara Stanwyck film, Double Indemnity.  Fred MacMurray plays an insurance salesman who works for the Pacific All-Risk Insurance Company.


Another sign on the wall is R. Duck & Co.

This is a reference to the very funny film, Withnail & I. In Withnail & I, Monty (played by Richard Griffiths) describes his first agent as being one Raymond Duck.


Copley Barnes says to Endeavour when he questions him about Kitty Batten, “Touch of the barley fever.” Barley fever refers to sexual desire encouraged by light or moderate alcohol intake.


At the end of the episode Val Todd asks Endeavour if he wants powerful friends or enemies. Endeavour says, “A bunch of overgrown schoolboys playing with the dressing-up box?” Fred Thursday says something similar in the episode Muse, “Grow up, you’re too old for the dressing up box”.


At the end of the episode Endeavour and Thursday are sitting in the pub. Thursday tells Endeavour that Copley Barnes “gave me an earful. Said he’d remember you.” Endeavour replies, “Vainglorious fool like that? I doubt it.” This is of course a little reference joke as we know as Morse fans that Endeavour will meet Copley Barnes again in about 30 years. It’s also a little nod to fans of the original series to give a reason why in the episode Infernal Servant the character of Copley Barnes doesn’t remember Morse.


The long arm of the Masons.

Taking Pettifer’s notebook that went missing from the crime scene.


There is no Dorrick Street in Oxford.



Fred: “Suppose you tell me what was all about.:

Jenkins: Suppose we don’t.”

Fred: “Then i’ll have to take off my hat.”


“You think I missed all the bottles round your flat? Six months, you’ll have enough off the empties to put down for a second-hand car.
Booze can be a good servant, Morse, but it’s a lousy master.”


In the final scene Thursday tells Morse, “You don’t want to let a little tripehound like Todd bother you. Cos his sort’s nowt a pound – and shit’s tuppence. As my grandma used to say.


Talking about the ‘suicide’ who landed on the car, Max says “Dead before his mind had a chance to catch up with the rest of him”.


Endeavour tells Max that the ‘suicide’ was a dentist. Max replies, “With teeth like that? I’ve seen better gnashers running at Uttoxeter. (Uttoxeter is an English race horse venue).


First death was Frida Yelland.

Murdered by Tony Frisco. He also murdered Pettifer.

Both killed with a cosh though Pettifer may have also died from the fall onto the car.


GNASHERS: Teeth. (said by Max to Endeavour).


Said by Thursday, “nowt a pound – and shit’s tuppence.” I think it means that someone is mean or doesn’t have the money to buy anything of worth.


Nigel Cooke as Walter Fisher

Beth Goddard as Barbara Batten

Pooky Quesnel as Muriel Todd

Jessica Ellerby as Diana Day

Shaun Evans as DC Endeavour Morse

Sara Vickers as Joan Thursday

Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright

Jack Laskey as DS Peter Jakes

James Bradshaw as Dr. Max DeBryn

Shvorne Marks as Monica Hicks

Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil

Philip Martin Brown as Bernard Yelland

Jessie Buckley as Kitty Batten

Roger Allam as DI Fred Thursday

David Westhead as Val Todd

Samuel Oatley as Mallory


Emily Plumtree as Lydia Martin

Celyn Jones as Jenkins 

James Palmer as Justin Delfarge

Jonathan Coy as Archie Batten

William Mannering as Dr. Malcolm Speight

Jamie Parker as Dr. Matthew Copley-Barnes

Liam Garrigan as Tony Frisco

Nathan John Carter as John Pettifer

Caroline O’Neill as Win Thursday

Author: Chris Sullivan

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

19 thoughts

  1. excellent review Chris. One of my favorite Endeavour episodes and it only makes me realize why I haven’t liked the last few series (save a few episodes). I always enjoy when there are connections in Endeavour to the other series in the Morse universe and this one is chock a block with them.

  2. First scene from Delfarge’s attempted getaway looks like it could be Queen’s Lane (hope the barriers were up!).

  3. Also, regarding the Rokeby Venus, I wonder whether you could be thinking of the paintings that were featured in ‘Ghost in the Machine’. You’ve catalogued those in your review of that episode, and the Velazquez isn’t among them (Sir Julius’s collection appears to be primarily nineteenth-century works), but the subject matter is on the same lines.

  4. Thank you, as always, for this amazing amount of work! The phrase “my own quietus make” appears in the poem “No Memory for Faces” by William Beatty-Kingston (1885-ish). “If I thought it wouldn’t hurt, I would my own quietus make / With a bodkin, or a bullet, or a slice of poisoned cake; / For my cup of life is brimming full of sorrows and disgraces, / All resulting from the fact that — I’ve no memory for faces!”

  5. Great review .. I think the name of the Holiday Camp relates more to ‘Maplins’ in the 1980s BBC Comedy Hi-Di-Hi. They also had entertainment staff called ‘Yellow-Coats’ as shown in the picture

  6. Nowt a pound and shits tuppence means don’t give anything to them. As in hard earned money pays for good things. As in the person is worth less than shit. Not worth thinking about, not worth any of your time, nothing’s as a person.

  7. The orange dress worn by the daughter of the newly minted member of parliament is significant. Orange is the visual signal for “33” the Masonic number; House of Orange etc. This dress is so bright in what is otherwise an austere world it can’t help but be noticed.
    Just a thought.

  8. This is, like you said Chris, a great episode. The interaction between Endeavour/Thursday is superb and something I’ll miss in later seasons. That can also be said about Endeavour/Jake. Jake also gave the suspicious suicide the nickname Icarus, later to become episode 5:6.
    The shady business and underlying power of the Freemason is evident when a notebook goes missing and when Miss Frazil informs Endeavour that the press received orders from on high to treat the theft at Beaufort as a non-story. Nor are the Masons deterred from attacking a police officer when Endeavour is knocked down in Pettifer’s office in London.
    In the pub Endeavour later tells Strange that a man can’t serve two masters, sooner or later the day will come when one has to choose and tells him not to lose his way. The Freemasons tentacles continue and in the episode Neverland, 2:4, Endeavour tells Strange that now that day has come and he has to make his choice.
    Finally, I think Kitty Batten, the young college student, would’ve been the perfect wife for Endeavour. They never had anything going in the episode but during their brief encounter at Beaufort the intellectual connection between them is obvious.
    They would’ve been the perfect couple on equal and intellectual grounds. In Endeavour Kitty would’ve a husband supporting her continued career and who would see her as much more than just the empty head and Colgate-smile she talks about. And for Endeavour, Kitty would be the woman to love and with whom to share his passion for literature and opera.
    The neighbour Monica is sweet and caring but I can’t see any lasting relationship between her and Endeavour no matter what did happen in the Neverland episode.
    As a strong, independent woman, Kitty is by far one of the most interesting women in the series. And as a couple I think they would’ve made the most of their time together.

  9. Bo, I didn’t get the missing notebook significance in regards to who took it and why. And the shot of the ring at the end is still a mystery to me. That was never explained at least to my understanding.

  10. My favorite scene in this great episode is the one where Morse takes down Copley Barnes and Jake loves it!

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