ENDEAVOUR: S7E3. ‘Zenana’; Review + Locations, Literary References, Music etc. SPOILERS.

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Where’s Colin?

REALLY? This is the reference to Colin?

The references to Colin get smaller and smaller and more pathetic. I’m assuming the misspelling of ‘recieves’ is intentional. This really saddens me the way the programme makers are showing less and less respect to Colin.

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well. Harry on Twitter believes this portrait on the wall is Colin. Now I did see this but I don’t think it is and that’s why I never mentioned it in my post about the episode, Zenana. However, I will let you good people decide. It’s about 40 seconds into the episode.

Directed by Kate Saxon . No other connection 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’.


The title of the episode, “Zenana”, is a word derived from Hindustani and Persian, meaning “the women’s apartments” – sometimes denoting a harem.

The ‘freak accidents’ continue but Morse believes that they are anything but accidents. Thursday refuses to believe that the accidents are anything else but accidents and tires of Endeavour’s need to prove him wrong. The strain begins to show in the Thursday and Endeavour’s relationship.

Endeavour falls in love with Violetta but as they say, love never runs smooth. Who will win her hand, Ludo or Morse?

The towpath deaths continue and the team race against time to stop the killer before anyone else killed.

(warning, this review will contain some spoilers)

Let me count the ways in which this episode was far from original. Firstly, opera and shootouts? The Godfather III, Miller’s Crossing, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Quantum of Solace, Untouchables, Diva,  to name but a few.

A psychotic serial killing whistler? How about the P.D. James book, Devices and Desires, with the detective Adam Dalgliesh?

A story-line about someone buying insurance policies and then bumping people off to cash in the insurance policies? Taggart, an episode called, Death Benefits. (thank you to Sheldon for this one)

Serial killers are ten a penny in TV dramas. It’s a cliche writers run to when they have become bankrupt of any original ideas.

Original ideas and story lines are difficult to create. It is even more difficult today as television has to fill those 24 hours in a day. ITV churns out dramas from its sausage factory to fill the fifty two weeks of the year, wrapped in a skin of desperation. Desperate to retain their audience who are defecting to the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime.

I understand that it is near impossible to write an original story-line for television dramas but at least make the effort to create something about it that marks it out as different from those programmes that came before. It is the same in music. If you are going to do a cover version, make it your own. The Boyzone cover of the Billy Joel song, Uptown Girl was a straight copy of the original which in my mind makes it redundant and useless. Unlike Johnny Cash’s cover of the Nine Inch Nail’s song, Hurt. Cash made it his own. He created something different from a song that had already been recorded.

That is what the original Morse series did. It took the tired format of police dramas and turned it on its head. I don’t believe that the original Morse would get made today. It doesn’t have shoot outs (apart from one episode, Promised Land). It didn’t have huge body counts each episode (apart from one episode, The Service of All the Dead). Endeavour had TWELVE deaths in three episodes. Eighteen in just over a year in Oxford if you count the ‘freak accidents’. Absolutely ridiculous and over the top.

What makes this series worse is the all too quick change in the characters of Fred Thursday and Endeavour. At the end of the Degüello episode the whole team were on top of the proverbial world. All were happy that the status quo had been restored. But, suddenly at the start of this series Fred takes against Morse and vice versa. It is all too rushed and sudden and doesn’t make sense in the context of the sixth series.

The scene where Endeavour tells Bright about his suspicion that she was murdered was completely act of character for Morse. It showed Endeavour being insensitive, thoughtless and crass. This out of character need to tell Bright seemed to be specifically written to elicit yet another emotional scene. It’s all about manipulation.

Another problem in regard to a change in character is in Thursday not listening to Endeavour in regards to the ‘freaky accidents’. In earlier episodes Thursday would have told Morse to run with his idea that the accidents were not accidents but don’t let it interfere with his investigation into the towpath killings. It is quite ludicrous that the Thursday in this series is so close minded.

The direction was good and workmanlike. I sympathise with TV director’s as they have little in the way of time or money to create something ‘filmic’. She did try to introduce the filmic technique of the Dutch Tilt/Angle but it was used when it didn’t make sense, apart from one time, in regard to the reason filmmakers use the tilt/angle.

The Dutch Tilt or Angle is utilised to depict or cause a psychological apprehension or tension for the viewer. It works well in the second scene shown above with Jim Strange but not with the other two scenes. In the first scene Endeavour is simply visiting the pub to ask questions about the family killed in the fire. No apprehension. No tension. The last scene with Sturgis looking for Jim may just about qualify as right for a Dutch Tilt but not quite.

Here are three good examples of the Dutch Tilt.

Next we are back to the problem I mentioned in my review of Raga, overuse of music.

Watch this scene.

Incredible acting from Anton Lesser. An emotional tour de force. But, why add the music? From Anton’s sublime acting we already know it’s an highly emotional scene. It doesn’t need the music to telegraph to the audience that this is an emotional scene.

It’s the way of so many TV dramas, they feel the need to add music because they believe the audience are too stupid to realise what is going in the scene. If the acting is good enough then there are times, especially in emotional scenes, when music is simply intrusive. TV filmmakers appear to believe that they have to fill ever scene with music. Sometimes silence is better.

More people need to be critical of what they are watching rather than saying, ‘just enjoy it for what it is’. Because Shaun is hunky and charming doesn’t make the show a good one. I believe that if a whole episode was just Shaun sitting at his desk looking wistfully toward the distance some people would believe that it was a great episode. Someone argued that Endeavour series seven must be good because the show has a high rating on IMDB. If you need to mention that statistic then it begs the question as to why one needs that affirmation that one is watching a good show. IMDB stats are not empirical evidence.

One needs to be critical so as not to enable poor films, TV and music. I have been a fanatical Bowie fan for some fifty years but I will freely admit he created some duff albums (Tin Machine anyone). I love the work of Alfred Hitchcock but even I couldn’t write a good review for the likes of Torn Curtain and Family Plot.

Series seven should have been stand alone episodes and not the three interconnected episodes we got. The two main story-lines, Ludo/Violetta and the towpath murders were stretched to breaking point. One episode each for the afore-mentioned story-lines would have been perfect with a final episode with a more down to earth case that set us up for the eighth series.

The acting of some of the cast was not good; I speak of Stephanie Leonidas as Violetta Talenti and Ryan Gage as Ludo Talenti. Put any of their scenes side by side with any of Anton Lesser’s scenes and the difference is palpable.

I’m uneasy with the constant smoking of Endeavour if for no other reason that John Thaw died from Esophageal cancer due to his heavy smoking habit. It seems rather insensitive to me.

Some questions I have about this episode and this series as a whole.

Was it too difficult to mention what happened to Ronnie Box? Did he survive his injuries? Was he jailed and for how long? Even a throwaway line would have sufficed. But Russell Lewis has a habit of this kind of thing. He appears to just ignore some events of previous episodes.

For example in the pilot episode the person in charge of the police station was DCS Crisp. Bright is introduced in the second episode of the first series, Fugue. No mention is made of what happened to DCS Crisp. This has happened quite a few times.

Why not mention WPC Shirley Trewlove? Again just a throwaway line would be sufficient.

Why does Endeavour come down hard on Thursday and his gut feelings. Hunches and gut feelings are what drives Morse. Many of his cases are solved by gut instinct and hunches in the Endeavour and the original series.

Why would the killer whistle the tune in front of Jim Strange?

How did Fred know where Endeavour was staying in Venice?

Why did Endeavour leave his bedroom door in Venice unlocked?

Why would an intelligent woman decide to put the ladder at the furthermost point to reach something?

Why did Endeavour send the package to Joan and not direct to Fred? Answer: to elicit yet another emotional scene. If the package had been sent to Fred he would have read it and then made his way to Venice without any need for any kind of emotional scene. It’s all about manipulation of the viewer.

Why was it necessary to injure Jim Strange? We all know he can’t die. Yet another attempt to manifest an emotional scene? Update to what I have written. David Shephard in the comments came up with an excellent theory about why Jim was stabbed.

“I wonder if by S8 we will see him move more definitively towards desk work rather than being ‘on the street’. His injury could be used as a reason why he moves more towards policy than operations. His masonic connections would enable him here too.”

Thanks David

Something else that grated was during the conversation between Endeavour and Fred after Carl Sturgis dies and Jenny has been put into the ambulance. Fred asks when Morse is starting at Kidlington. Morse and answers, ‘Fourth of Jan.’ Morse would never use such an abbreviation.

I often get attacked for my opinions but I always state that they are just my opinion, not the only opinion and not necessarily the right opinion but for this moment in time it is my opinion. I am honest in my evaluations of all episodes in the Morse Universe. I have no desire to be sycophantic in the hope I will get noticed by those who make the Endeavour series. I always justify my criticisms.

By the way, McNutt better be played by a Scottish actor.

The three stars are primarily for the Anton Lesser scene mentioned above. Max’s dressing down of Thursday and Endeavour (see video below) and the cinematography.

Episode Jag Rating – out of 10.


The episode opens with the Winter section from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons; Concerto No.4 in F Minor for violin, string orchestra RV 297. The Ryom-Verzeichnis or Ryom Verzeichnis (both often abbreviated RV) is a (now standard) catalog of the music of Antonio Vivaldi created by Peter Ryom. The catalog is often used to identify Vivaldi’s works by a simple number.

Though Vivaldi has been used before in Endeavour and the Morse series, the Four Seasons has not been utilised until now.


Around the five minute mark we have Charlotte Potter as Petra Cornwell singing. IMDB incorrectly names her as Petra Connolly. What a fantastic voice.

It is Schubert’s Ave maria.


Morse visits Violetta at their love nest. She is listening to It’s Getting Better by Cass Elliot. Released in 1969.


Ludo visits Endeavour around the 30 minute mark. I didn’t recognise the piece.


The opera music at the end of the episode was specifically written for the episode by Matthew Slater, who has done a wonderful job through the whole third series apart from a few missteps in my opinion, and Russell Lewis who wrote the Libretto.

Matthew Slater wrote on Twitter: Our Endeavour opera that has been across all 3 films was indeed written by Russell Lewis, wonderfully translated by @RosettiNico and I added the music bits-its full name is LA SPOSA DEL DEMONIO o LA CURA PER L’AMORE.


Jenny is telling Morse of the time when she played hide and seek in her childhood, “I hid in my aunt’s wardrobe once and it was all fur coats.” This is reminiscent of C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. That wardrobe was also full of fur coats. Lucy hid in the wardrobe during hide and seek.


Thank you to Leo who noticed the following three literary connections.

“There is a possible literary reference in the name of the character Juliet Baring. Maurice Baring was an author on whom G. K. Chesterton based the protagonist in his collection of short stories ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’. One of Baring’s book was ‘Letters to Lady Juliet Duff’ with whom he was very close. Put them together and you get Juliet Baring.

Another literary reference – Petra Cornwell is a nod to the crime writer Patricia Cornwell.

I suspect Russell Lewis recently saw the Hollywood movie ‘Mr Rogers’ Neighbourhood’. This is a biopic of Fred Rogers – Fred Thursday/Roger Allam. One of the characters played by Fred Rogers is Lady Elaine Fairchilde.”


In Morse’s letter to Joan he writes of Fred, “He has ever been the best and wisest of men.” Watson says this of Sherlock after his apparent death at the Reichenbach Falls. Watson writes’ “whom I shall ever regard as the best and the wisest man whom I have ever known.”


Nick in the comments section noticed this literary reference, “Sturgis’ lawyer, Mr Vholes was Richard Carstone’s lawyer in the case of Jarndyce v Jarndyce in Bleak House.”


Within the first minute we see the house where Carl Sturgis is found to be living in.

Location unknown.


In the third minute we get a view of All Souls College.


In the fourth minute we listen to Magdalena Byrne giving a speech.

This is Merton College which is standing in for St Matilda’s College.


Where Bridget was killed.

This is Stockers Lock on the Grand Union Canal.

photo of Stockers Lock, grand Union Canal

photo of a bridge by stockers lock

The previous killings were carried out at Church Lock and Bridge 116 on the Grand Union Canal. The two locations are quite some distance apart. Church Lock is number 29 on the Grand Union Canal while Stockers Lock is number 82.


The singer of Ave Maria is standing in Fellows Quad, Merton College. The singer is Charlotte Potter who is a Soprano in Opera and Musical Theatre. Here is her website address; https://www.charlottepottersinger.com/

Below is part of a video I filmed of Fellows Quad in April, 2019. I start in the Front Quad.

The window marked with an arrow below is the room the camera is situated when it films Charlotte Potter singing from afar. The camera then moves into where the Warden is discussing the vote on allowing men into the college.


The home of Elaine Fairchild. Location unknown.


Around the tenth minute Morse drives to his love nest.

This is Magpie Lane, Oxford.

Violetta and Morse come out of this blue door.


The Thursday’s home. The address is 10 Ramsey Road, Headington.


Where Petra’s body if found.

Stockers Lock on the Grand Union Canal.


Endeavour visits Magdalena Byrne after the death of Petra.

This is the front quad of Merton College. Merton College Chapel is in the middle of the picture. The entrance to Merton College from Merton Street is where you can see the lecturer leaving by on the right.


Endeavour sits with Magdalena.

They are sitting with their backs to Merton College Fellow’s Garden.


Protesters against allowing men into Lady Matilda’s College.

This is St Alban’s Quad, Merton College.

Below is my video of St Alban’s Quad.


Carl Sturgis makes a statement after being released from prison.

Thanks to Coco who discovered this location. It is All Saints Pastoral Centre,London Colney, St Albans, Hertfordshire. Brilliant work Coco.


Where Jenny Tate lives. Location unknown.


Endeavour walks through Radcliffe Square after having his heart stomped on by Violetta.


Endeavour looking for answers about the fire that killed the Lindens.

This is the town of Hambledon, Buckinghamshire.

This town and pub were used in the Endeavour episode, Harvest.


Strange visits the house to enquire about the accidents.

Location unknown.


I think this is studio set but I can’t be sure.


This looks like a scene with a green screen.

Two people (Paul and La Gazza Ladra) have, independently, put forward the location of the opera house as Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG.

I think they could be right. However, I don’t think the entrance is the Wimbledon Theatre.


Looking down the Grand Canal of Venice.


Thank you to La Gazza Ladra on Twitter who pointed me in the direction of the location of this scene. It’s not Venice.

It is Brompton Cemetery in London.



I think the ‘pub’ Endeavour and Dorothea in is either a studio set or a College bar.

Thank you to David R who told me that this pub is the Stag and Huntsman in Hambleden, Buckinghamshire. Thank you David.

Image result for Stag and Huntsman hambleden


Endeavour sets out to ask questions about the deaths of the Lindens and the fire.

This is the town of Hambledon, Buckinghamshire. The pub is actually called the Stag and Huntsman.


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

Richard Harrington as Dr. Dai Ferman appeared in the Endeavour episode, Oracle.


James pointed out that  Don Gallagher who played the coroner also appeared in the Lewis episode Old School Ties.


Ludo like Hugo DeVries blames his female companion for doing the killings. Hugo blamed Marion while Ludo blamed Violetta.


Lady Matilda was the name of the college in the Lewis episode Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things. Lady Margaret’s College was the actual college used as a location.


Mrs Bright affectionately calls Chief Superintendent Bright, ‘Puli’. Puli is a name which means ‘tiger’ in the Indian Tamil-language. This would relate to the story told by Bright in the episode Prey in which he tells of shooting a man-eating tiger.


Tenuous link time: In Marianne Oldham’s speech near the beginning of the episode she says, “We are prey”. Well…Prey was the title of an Endeavour episode. Told you it was tenuous.


Another Hugo DeVries connection. Ludo while with Endeavour and Violetta says he pretended to be a Swedish policeman. Hugo DeVries was in a Swedish prison before the events of Masonic Mysteries.


Sam in the comments, correctly pointed out that, “The insurance policy story-line reminded me a bit of the insurance scam in The Wench is Dead, where deaths were faked to claim the insurance money. Come to think of it a canal murder featured in that episode too.” Thank you Sam.

Penny, in the comments section, quite rightly pointed out that I ignored the gravestone. Here is what Penny wrote.

“I do feel that a paragraph could have been devoted to the ‘Hugo’ theory. I think when you put it all together it does seem to produce some compelling evidence. I notice you did not expand on the gravestone, but I still think that is important. I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that “Sacerdos” is “Priest” in Latin. When Morse and he have their dramatic final encounter in Masonic Mysteries, Hugo says “I am the High Priest….I am Sarastro,” (the latter being the High Priest in The Magic Flute). There are also echoes between the two Finale scenes, with Hugo calling Morse ‘Monostatos’ from the same opera (the idiot jailer, a buffoon, an outsider) to his Sarastro. Ludo of course calls Morse his pet policeman (if I recall correctly) and is greatly amused that they should be considered equals – at that point I felt he channelled the very essence of the chilling, but wonderful Hugo de Vries.”

Thank you Penny.


Apparently this is Matthew Slater the composer and music director of the series.

The map sent to Endeavour from Violetta.

At the top on the left it reads ‘Cheisa Di San Michele’ (Church of St Michael the Archangel).  San Michele is an island in the Venetian Lagoon.

On the same map at the bottom of the page.

It reads ‘orario cimitero’. This translates as cemetery timetable.


So did Ludo take his name from the gravestone? Or is he an ancestor.

The dates on the gravestone read MCDLX (1460) – MDXXVII (1527). I cannot find any relevance to those dates.


Below was one of the first scenes in the episode Oracle. One has to assume this will be the first scene in the first episode of the eighth series.


So does this letter have the name, at the bottom, De Vries or De Vere? Is it an ‘F’ for the Christian name?


In my last review for Raga one of my readers, Kathy Aubrey, believed the tune that was being whistled to be Oh,Oh Antonio. She was right.


Violetta mentions to Morse that she and Hugo will be spending Christmas at Cortina d’Ampezzo. Cortina d’Ampezzo is a ski resort in northern Italy.


Jim told Morse not to take work home, he does. And once again Ludo happens to see said work.


Really? the places were Ludo and Violetta carried out insurance fraud spell LUDO??????


I wonder why Strange turned down the chance to be Thursday’s bagman.


We find out Mrs Bright’s first name. It’s Carrie.


Men were allowed to attend Lady Margaret’s Hall in 1979.


Rudi in the comments section wrote this, “Cousin Kevin. Cousin Kevin is an evil character from “Tommy” by The Who. He tortures his cousins…..including playing Hide and Seek. Don’t think this is a coincidence”. Thank you Rudi.


Sheldon on my FB page put forward this interesting titbit, “Ludo is short for “Ludovico,” also the name of the treatment given to Alex in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (ie: The Ludovico Technique), to cure him of his violent urges. Russell Lewis’ profile picture (below) on Twitter is a still from A Clockwork Orange of Patrick Magee as Frank Alexander.”


Sheldon also believes that the creature that Jenny sees in her moments of delusion, and whom she has painted on to her wall, looks not dissimilar to the Babadook.

Image result for Babadook


Ivan mentioned in the comments section this observation, “the funeral director Karl Sturgis works for is Duxbury’s. Perhaps a southern affiliate of Shadrack and Duxbury, the undertaker which employs Billy Fisher in (the film) Billy Liar.”


Fred was too grumpy in this episode to have any wise words for us.


Bridget Mulcahy was killed by Carl Sturgis.

Her neck was broken.


Petra Cornwell. IMDB incorrectly named her as Petra Connolly.

Manually Strangled. Killed by either Sturgis or Clemens.


Nancy Deveen is one of the ‘accidental’ victims. Apparently hit her head on a large bust.

Killed by either Ludo or Violetta.


Pippa Tetbury

Killed by either Violetta or Ludo.


Mrs Bright electrocuted. Killed by Ludo.


Marianne Oldham as Magdalena Byrne


Flora London as Bridget Mulcahy


James Bradshaw as Dr. Max DeBryn


Sean Rigby as DS Jim Strange


Don Gallagher as Coroner


Charlotte Potter as Petra Cornwell.


Naomi Yang as Nancy Deveen.


Roger Allam as DCI Fred Thursday


Anton Lesser as CS Reginald Bright


Jessica Hayles as Elaine Fairchild


Shaun Evans as DS Endeavour Morse


Richard Harrington as Dr. Dai Ferman


Holli Dempsey as Jenny Tate


Caroline O’Neill as Win Thursday


Carol Royle as Mrs. Bright


Ryan Gage … Ludo Talenti


Stephanie Leonidas as Violetta Talenti


Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil


Andy Williams as Landlord

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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.

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  1. True Kathleen – and perhaps his aversion in later life was from this experience ?? I know both series don”t co-relate but it seems inconsistent that he goes from so moral in the earlier Endeavour (black and white about right and wrong to his detriment career wise) series to so off the rails then back again as he gets older (always foolish about women but in later life but in a naive slightly gullible way)

    Rachel -in the DVD extras did they position the affair as a great true love ? I think that was their intention to explain Morse’s behaviour i just didn’t think it translated to the screen.

    1. Hi Maria, I like your theory that the whole experience of a love affair with a married woman might have changed him in later life. Shaun has said in articles that he has never seen the Inspector Morse series. Perhaps if he had, it might have given us more continuity of character. I haven’t read the books, but Shaun has said he has, so I am wondering if Morse’s character in them is a bit different than the moralistic, even chivalrous, elder Morse. All in all, there can be none better, in my mind and heart, than John Thaw’s Morse.

  2. I do not think “the constant smoking of Endeavour” was included “for no other reason that John Thaw died from Esophageal cancer”. That would indeed have been insensitive. Morse is a smoker in Colin Dexter’s novels. E.g. from Last Bus to Woodstock (end of chapter six): “Morse, not an additive smoker, bought twenty king sized cigarettes and smoked and drank continuously until 2.00 p.m.”

  3. One for the references section – the pub that Morse visits ‘The Wolf’s Head’ has the same sign as The Slaughtered Lamb’ pub in the film ‘An American Werewolf In London’.


    I guess it’s an allusion to the implication that Carl Sturgis considers himself a beast, possibly a lycanthrope (there was quite a lot of full moon imagery).

  4. The denouement of Zenana was filmed at Norcott Court, Berkhamsted. It is owned by former MP Peter Rost. His son runs a lawnmower repair business from there; I have mine serviced by him.

  5. That is very good reference deciphered by Tim Edwards, in the last but one of the comments, above. I will admit to not really understanding the motives behind the killings commited by Carl Sturgis, whose real name we find out, was Johnny Tate, the sister of Jenny Tate. All I could fathom, him to be, was a beastly and inhumane psychopath, who decided to kill three people, one of them his girlfriend, Molly Andrews. However, now thanks to your reference Tim, apparently Carl Sturgis, either, thinks he is a werewolf, or at least he behaves like one.

    Unfortunately, this does not make this year’s Endeavour series and episode finale, any better. One of the main plots in this season’s trilogy, the killings by the canal towpath, was thus apparently carried out by some kind of lycanthrope. In addition, how did Carl survive, as a young boy for twenty years, after he killed a fellow child, and then set fire to the pub, to cover his tracks? His sister was the only one thought to have survived, but eventually we find out, Carl did, as well. What happened to him in the intervening twenty years, or so? The bizarre implication is that somehow, whilst on the run from the police, he found somewhere to live, or somebody took him in, he was also able to fend for himself, and finally he managed to change his identity, from Johnny Tate to Carl Sturgis. I have to sadly, draw the conclusion, that this story’s plot holes, are more like potholes!

    To briefly sum up, could we not have a more sensible and down to earth case, with clearer motives, please? Could we also go back, to the tried and tested policy of Endeavour having stand alone episodes, not the serialisation of events, which just drags out an investigation, and seems to makes the murders more ridiculous and implausible. Notwithstanding, the small fact, that there are far too many murders and dead bodies piling up, in recent series of Endeavour, and, as a result, any semblance of realism, is being lost.

    That is all for now. Thank you, and all the best.

  6. I forgot to add, that Carl adopted the surname Sturgis, after the family name of his maternal grandparents. According to the storyline, it appears Carl, real name Johnny Tate, inherited traits from his maternal grandfather, who was a notorious bargeman. Anyway that is all for now. Thank you and goodbye.

  7. Tim, I think you are right about Carl imagining himself to be a werewolf. That would explain his sister’s visions of him as a roaring beast And the drinking of blood with one of the victims. i couldnt make a connection with those things. A monster at any rate.

  8. I should have said that is only my opinion, regarding the most recent series of Endeavour, being rather poor and disappointing. However, thanks to Tim’s reference, I understand the storyline a bit better, particularly in relation to the serial killer, Carl Sturgis. That is all from me for now. Thank you, and goodbye.

    1. James – true is your opinion but it does seem quite a few others as well (including mine) and I note even the DVD site (where I pre-ordered my copy) the star ratings well down on previous series and some pretty scathing reviews (must point out some excellent ones too).

      Love that reference Tim – actually helps quite a bit. I found that whole Towpath murders difficult to follow and the eventual killer and his motive and actions quite laughable. I think that is why I found this series so disappointing – the murder storyline was woeful, the Talenti’s and the adulterous affair etc. awful, and the fighting and animosity between Thursday/Morse with no real reason – except to somehow show why Thursday is never mentioned later in the series – which in the end it didn’t…….so what was the point ?

      Everything crossed for series 8 but TBH not holding out much hope….. the tendency of Russell Lewis not to reference anything in a previous series (series 3 to 4 the exception) would give most Soap Opera writers a run for their money.

  9. I will be sending off two sets of comments, one after the other, just to break things up, slightly.

    Thanks for taking the time to read my comments, and for contributing to the discussion, Maria. I agree with much, of what you have just said, and it would seem, so do many others, according to your remarks. It thus appears, as if the most recent series of Endeavour, has been deemed, by a number of people, as below the usual high quality, set by Morse, Lewis and the early series of Endeavour. Sadly, I most certainly concur, with that view, as portrayed by my previous comments.

    As you say Maria, the towpath killings, and the eventual discovery of who was behind these murders, was quite laughable, and rather ludicrous. To make matters worse, regarding this serial killer storyline, an additional killing on the canal towpath took place, apparently carried out by a copycat killer. Personally, I thought this copycat idea was shoehorned in, just to cause more tension and hostility, in the already deteriorating relationship between Thursday and Morse. Carl Sturgis at the time of this murder, had already been arrested by Thursday, so this made it look like, Thursday had got it wrong, and Morse was right in thinking, it wasn’t Sturgis. This caused that distasteful scene, with Morse and Thursday arguing vehemently at the crime scene, which led to Dr. Max DeBryn, reprimanding the pair of them, for their unprofessional behaviour.

    Strangely enough, I considered that some of the best John Thaw, Morse episodes, were when Morse himself, had noticeable differences of opinion, over police procedure or the investigation itself, with his loyal colleague, Lewis. However, they were fairly few and far between, only appearing in very serious circumstances, while in this year’s Endeavour, the frequent arguing and bickering between Morse and Thursday, did not come across as true, to their usual characters. There was no big reason, why all of a sudden, they were at each other’s throats. The pressure or stress of the case is a possible reason, but quite frankly it seemed to me, to be just, a poor excuse by Russell Lewis, to explain why Thursday isn’t mentioned by John Thaw’s Morse, and it didn’t wash well, with me.

    We finally discover that this final murder by the canal, was committed by David Clemens. He had been mentioned by Strange, but not seen, in the first episode of this year’s trilogy, and he was the man, that had discovered the first murdered body on the towpath. Strange had also said, that Clemens worked nearby to the canal, at the local Morris plant, and that he was a keep fit fanatic. Anyway, the bizarre explanation given by Morse, as to why Clemens became the copycat killer, was that by finding the body, it sparked something latent, in Clemens himself. It has to be said, that this, is an ambiguous and rather unconvincing reason for murder.

  10. As for the Ludo and Violetta plot, I agree with you Maria, this was almost just as bad, as the canal towpath murders. As I describe this curious story, it makes me realise, it is quite difficult to believe in, and it is quite far-fetched.

    While taking leave, Morse is on an expensive holiday in Venice, where he first meets Violetta, when attending an operatic performance. However, quicker than you can probably say “Violetta”, she and Morse are already kissing, cuddling, and sharing a hotel room and bed, with each other. Anyhow, a few months later, back in Oxford, Morse is pickpocketed during an open air concert, and after unsuccessfully giving chase, to catch the thief, Ludo conveniently bumps into Morse, and immediately befriends him. I have to admit, I’m not always the quickest out of the starting blocks, when it comes to spotting the villain, murderer or accomplice, so early into a story, but even I thought straight away, I bet Ludo has a connection with Violetta. In addition, the pickpocket situation, also seemed rather too contrived. Lo and behold, we soon find out, at the end of this season’s first episode, Ludo is married to the woman, Morse had started a relationship with, in Venice.

    Anhow, for the majority of series seven, we have to endure Morse inveilged in a peculiar three-way relationship. You have to suspend disbelief, as Morse eventually succumbs to pressure by Violetta, and continues his affair with her, in Oxford. While at the same time, he uncharacteristically accepts many visits by her husband, Ludo, into his house. This was particularly odd, as we know Morse is such a private person, and thus, to welcome a complete stranger, with open arms, into his life and home, did not make much sense at all.

    Ultimately, Morse at last realises his mistakes, and the penny finally dropped in the second half of the series finale, “Zenana”. Ludo and Violetta were responsible for a large number of ridiculous sounding deaths, purposely made to look like “mystifying accidents”, that occurred across the country, in locations far beyond Oxfordshire. These murders had all been committed, in order to enhance their life insurance swindle.

    What further compounded the problems in this storyline, was Thursday’s complete lack of interest in the ludicrous accidents and their resulting deaths. After all, he had once been the supportive figure for Morse, who had spotted and encouraged Morse’s inherent detective talent, at solving complex clues, and unearthing suspicious deaths. However, this year, Thursday was unrecognisable from his recent past, as the fatherly mentor for Morse. In fact, I thought Thursday sounded like the corrupt DS Lott from the pilot episode, in the manner in which he dismissed Morse’s ideas as daft, beyond the pale, and as if he thought Morse was out to cause trouble. As a result, Fred’s behaviour this year, and the general sniping, mistrust and even lack of respect between Morse and Thursday, did not feel true, or at all symptomatic of what had come before, and what we had seen, in many previous, high quality seasons of Endeavour.

    Sorry for writing for so long, but I was obviously very disappointed by Endeavour, this year. I suppose you could say, it is a victim of its own success, and all the great Morse and Lewis series, that came before. Undoubtedly, it must be very difficult, to maintain that kind of standard. Let us hope, as you mentioned Maria, that the final series of Endeavour, will be a lot better, and the series can go out on a high. Anyway, that’s all for now. Thank you, and all the best.

  11. “I think the ‘pub’ Endeavour and Dorothea in is either a studio set or a College bar. … Thank you to David R who told me that this pub is the Stag and Huntsman in Hambleden, Buckinghamshire. Thank you David.” – Why not delete the first sentence, now that David has told you where it is? The initial letters of the places where the murders take place spell LUDO — I need that spelled out for me, please: Leicester,Uttoxeter, Dover, Oxford.
    I have two locations for you in Venice: (1) Morse walks to the Opera House (La Fenice, before the fire of 1996) he crosses Ponte Widmann at about 1:40:44 (including adverts) and a few seconds later he walks along Sotoportego Widmann (2) the brief shot at about 1:47:04, followed by Morse in his hotel room – Fondamenta Van Axel o de le Erbe. The brief scene at 1:47:56, where Morse sits with the revolver he has just loaded, looks as though it could be in the San Michele cemetery, but it happens before he arrives at the island. Can anyone explain the reason for this scene and where it could be? Fred finds the map in Morse’s room (Yes, I too wondered how he knew where Morse was staying. Can two policemen get a week’s leave from the same police station at the drop of a hat?). Wouldn’t Morse have taken the map with him? Unless he has a photographic memory he would surely need the map to find the meeting place. Could policemen take guns and ammunition through customs back in the late 60s? Without the internet, how did Fred manage to book travel to Venice in time to be there within a day of Morse’s arrival? I like the line “this story’s plot holes are more like potholes!” (I had to delete the superfluous comma.)

    1. We all know how much everyone hated the seventh season of Endeavour. After this latest comment we now also have to figure out how the working hours were for the English police force in those days. How much money did they make, could they afford a ticket to Italy, could they take some days off with short notice? And how could anyone buy a ticket without internet?
      By the way, if I understood it right, wasn’t it at Christmas time with New Year coming up? Even Thursday stayed at home. He went to pay Mr Bright a visit earlier in the day. So it’s not two policemen off work Bert, it is actually three. And who talked about one week off?
      I don’t know about you, Bert, but I’m 62 years old without any photographic memory but I can still go from one place to another without getting lost, even in a place I’m not familiar with. Could you expect the same from a young policeman? Apparently not.
      Well, I’m done now. I wish you all a good life and stay safe. Bye.

      1. Hi Bo, I think I have said before how I am within a very definite minority when I say I did not hate this series. I do not hate any of the series. Are there ones I like better, yes. But I take them all at face value. I like the characters, the excellent acting, the scenery, the music and, to me, the intriguing storylines, despite some “plotholes.” I tend to concentrate on the things I love about an episode, rather than the weak parts. I don’t find it at all implausible that 3 of the top officers would be on vacation during the Christmas holidays. Nor do I find it implausible that Endeavour could afford a train ticket or a nice hotel room in Venice. As we know he is on the frugal side and could have saved up for a couple of years for that special holiday. And the prices in Venice at that time, even relatively speaking, are not like today. The first time I went to Italy 65,000 lire was about $5! (exaggeration, maybe :)) So costs with the lire were not like costs with the euro.And it is not beyond the realm of possibility that Thursday could get a last minute ticket without internet – I have with a phone call or appearance at the ticket window. Even Thursday made enough salary to have some “put by” as he told his brother. Further I do think Endeavour has a photographic memory, or an eidetic one at least and would not need to take a map, even within the winding streets of Venice.I just love that Thursday did go to help Endeavour ( I don’t think it would have very difficult for him to find out where Endeavour was staying-maybe Strange knew or Bright- after all he is a Detective Chief Inspector!) and that it seems their wonderful relationship is repaired – at least I hope so for next series. I think we can sometime overthink things instead of just sitting back and enjoying what we are seeing and hearing.

      2. Hi Kathleen. The problem with ignoring plotholes, ‘weak parts’ implausibilities and to change the characters and their actions from the previous series allows TV makers to produce shows of a lower standard knowing that people are more willing to forgive the afore mentioned problems. Kathleen, you make huge leaps of faith and suspensions of disbelief. If Endeavour did save any money for a ‘couple of years’ there is no proof of that. Also, he just bought a large house which he is decorating and will have to furnish. Previously he lived in furnished flats so one can assume he has to buy a LOT of furniture to fill a big house. But that apart it is possible he was able to afford it being a single man. Btw one dollar got you 625 lire in 1970. Thursday did have money put aside but he gave all that to Charlie who then proceeded to lose it all. The loss of the Thursday savings (retirement money) was one of the main storylines in the sixth series. There is no evidence to make the assumption Endeavour had an eidetic or photographic memory. Actually a photographic memory has never been scientifically proven. Thursday, Strange or Bright never mentioned knowing where Endeavour was staying. If they had known then this would have been mentioned to allow the viewer to know why Thursday was able to find the hotel so easily. But, it wasn’t. I don’t see why Bright being Detective Chief Inspector gives him a greater knowledge of Endeavours plans. It would have made more sense if we had seen Thursday rushing around Venice visiting various hotels until he found the right one. Even with a scene like that how did Thursday enter Endeavour’s room without a key? There are times when one can sit back and enjoy a film or TV series if it is some dumb comedy or some overblown adventure film but Endeavour like Morse and the Lewis series are not dumb shows. They are perceived as intelligent shows with an intelligent protagonist. In the next series everything will be as if series seven never happened. In the same way that series seven was written in such a way as if series six never happened. Kathleen i’m not intending to harangue you but one cannot be overly forgiving when episodes and series have huge plotlines, under written characters (WPC Shirley Trewlove and Dorathea Frazil), storylines never properly explained (Monica Hicks’ relationship with Endeavour), huge changes in a character’s behaviour from a previous series as mentioned before, a great lack of Oxford locations (Oxford is a character in the Morse Universe) and much, much more. It is no bad thing to suspend one’s disbelief but not when it stretches to breaking point. The reason why television has become filled with such dire and execrable shows is because people allowed this to happen. Once viewers lowered their standards, TV producers pounced on this and filled our TV with reality TV shows and other substandard series. As you Americans say, that’s my two cents worth. 😉

      3. Your points are well taken, Chris. And no worries about haranguing me- I can take it! 😀 I appreciate your response. I guess since I am not in a position to officially critique anything, I guess I don’t focus on those things, whereas you, with all you do and all your contacts in the TV world, would have influence over the quality of what is presented. So it’s a good thing you do and I am glad you call them on inferior work. (And thanks for the lire info, I knew that was a bit over the top!)

      4. One more thought on this, Chris. My proposing the possibility that Morse had a photographic or eidetic memory came from the way both young and older Morse could quote verbatim excepts from classic literature, poems, music, philosophy, and as shown in some episodes, science and chemistry – a plethora of facts and knowledge he learned in university and absorbed through the years. It seems to me that would be difficult for anyone without such an extraordinary ability to recall almost everything he learned or read.

      5. Hi Kathleen. There is no scientific proof that the photograph memory exists. As for eidectic memory, that is very rare and usually only seen in children. Sorry Kathleen but I don’t think there is enough proof to write he was able to recall ‘almost everything’ because he was able to quote and recall a few lines of poetry etc. If one is a voracious reader then you can learn and recall a lot of information. Learning and quoting poetry is actually not that difficult to do. I can do much of what you attributed to Morse but I am no genius and certainly don’t have any form of photographic memory. I can identify almost all the species of UK butterflies to species level, (that’s almost 60). I write almost because a few species are near identical and need close examination to correctly identify them. I can name hundreds of species of insect to species level and more to generic level. Some people are able to recall or regurgitate information better than others. As you wrote, we learn through our time at university and absorb more information as we get older. Also, if you enjoy a subject one can remember and recall information so much easier. Morse loves music, poetry and prose and I’ll wager he rereads his favourite poets and prose writers many times. I’ll wager that there is information you can recall Kathleen that Morse couldn’t.

      6. Chris, Whether you choose to assign a name to it or not, (and I think the jury is still out on that) it would still take an extraordinary memory ability which I think the writers of Morse wanted him to have. So I don’t think he would have trouble seeing a map and knowing where to go. I am an avid reader and can remember the exact page, paragraph and words that I read and where I read them long after I finished, particularly helpful in my studies of Ancient Roman history. I can recall a lot of things from my books and on my own that I heard and learned from years ago, although as I get older, it gets much harder! Whatever the verdict I love the references to literature and history that Morse makes.

      7. Hi, Bo. Nobody talked about one week off, but given that Morse and Thursday went to Venice by train, I thought they couldn’t get there and back and solve a series of murders in between in less than a week. I suppose that Bright was on compassionate leave. All the more reason to refuse leave to Morse and Thursday. I would have thought that the Venice police would want to talk to Morse and Thursday for a very long time about the bodies of Violetta and Ludo. I’m 10 years older than you and I can usually find my way around most places without a map, but Venice is different from most places. San Michele is not as difficult to walk around as Venice, but I think it would still be confusing for somebody who hasn’t been there before. Any ideas about the dates on the Talenti gravestone? (Nothing like a Venetian gravestone.) San Michele was used for burials only after Napoleon decreed that no more bodies would be buried in Venice itself (1804), so dates before that are an egregious error. Since some scenes were definitely shot in Venice, why didn’t they shoot on San Michele? Perhaps the authorities would not grant permission?

    2. Thanks Bert for complimenting me on the little line/quotation, that I created, and included in my own comments. You are correct about the comma, sometimes I perhaps add a few too many. I read out what I have written, and I feel I need a few pauses for thought, but not that many! Your own comments Bert, as well as those of Kathleen, Bo, Maria, Adrian and others, are all interesting to read, thanks for creating such a good discussion.

  12. Kathleen, I agree with everything you said. What I wrote was just an ironic comment to Bert’s earlier statement, I guess I’m just tired to read all those negative views. Like you I concentrate on the things I enjoy in an episode and I sympathize with the characters. Finally, let me say I’ve always enjoyed reading your comments. (And lucky you who’ve been to Italy).

    1. I entirely agree with Chris’ comments that one shouldn’t forgive such lazy writing as was evidenced in series 7. What baffles me is that script editors are presumably assigned to work with writers, and you would think should be picking up on plot holes and inconsistencies. Perhaps their role has been abolished, or some writers are presumed to be beyond criticism. Whatever the case, I sometime despair when supposedly intelligent shows like Endeavour treat the viewer like an uncritical sponge.

    2. Thanks Bo. I know you were being satirical. What I like about this forum is there is no “cancel culture” when someone disagrees with someone else 😉. It would be a boring thing if everyone agreed with everyone else. Yes, I’ve been to Italy quite a few times, it’s my favorite place and I still have some distant family there!

  13. Chris, about this Thursday open the hotel door. I think I wrote in an earlier comment that he might have asked one of the hotel staff to open the door for him. All he had to do was to ask in which room the Englishman was living. How did he know which hotel? Well Endeavour have been there before, maybe he told Thursday about the trip and where he stayed. Everything doesn’t have to be shown on screen, something can be left for your fantasi to figure out.

    1. He may have asked a member of the hotel staff Bo but then that should have been shown to make the scene work. The cut to him entering the room left three questions: how did he know the hotel, how did he know which room and how did he enter the room without a key. No scene should leave you asking that many questions. To resolve those questions it neede a scene of Thursday rushing into the hotel and saying that this is the tenth hotel he has visited and was searching for a colleague, (while flashing his police badge), an Endeavour Morse. The hotel employee replies that he knows of him and will show him to the room. Cut to entering a hotel lobby and knocking on Endeavour’s room door. Thursday tells the hotel employee it’s urgent he gets inside and so the hotel employee opens the door. Those two scenes would barely need more than a minute. No scene should have one asking so many questions. Also, I don’t believe there was any indication that it was the same hotel. I agree that not everything should be obvious or explained but the scenes have to be coherent and have a degree of cohesiveness and not create so many questions that are never answered.

      1. Chris, you make several good points here. But to think of finding a hotel in Venice when you don’t know which one you are looking for is asking the impossible. There are a few hundred hotels in Venice now, and though there may have been fewer in 1969, there would still have been a lot. And walking all over Venice to find them would be almost impossible. Addresses in Venice aren’t like anywhere else. No, Thursday had to know which hotel Morse was staying in. Then he could have asked to be let into the room. However, even if the receptionist believed that Thursday was a British policeman, I don’t think that he would have been allowed to enter the room unaccompanied. Any thoughts on the scene with Morse and his revolver? We’ve assumed in a previous episode that Thursday had a revolver from his war service, but how did Morse acquire a firearm?

      2. I know there are many hotels in Venice but I was attempting to create a scene that would help give the ‘Thursday in Endeavour’s room scene’, some context and cohesiveness.

      3. Some things in TV dramas really annoy me. Like when somebody asks another person anything about themselves and they reply, “Who? Me?” and there’s nobody else in the room. In this episode, Nancy Deveen asks who Morse and Byrne are talking about. Byrne says, “Petra.” Deveen asks, “Petra Cornwell?” How many Petras does she think they both knew? A bit later on Morse “interrogates” Dr Dai Ferman. Morse asks, “And where were you last night, for the record?” Ferman tells him he wasn’t “down the towpath giving Petra Cornwell what for”. Does that amount to an alibi? The impression given is that Morse is satisfied with Ferman’s answer.

  14. Hello Bert, one last thing with this episode. You could have a point when you say it would take them more than a few days to go there including the time on the train, but I guess they would have at least some days off due to the Christmas holiday.
    If you see the map Endeavour had in the hotel room over the graveyard it didn’t look that complicated to follow. You take a taxi from the hotel and at the entrance of graveyards there is usually a map over the area so you can find your way around.
    Keep your good health Bert, and we’re looking forward to season 8, whenever it may be.

  15. Chris, thank you for answering. Just one final thing with this hotel room. If you compare the room in episode 1 with the room in episode 3 they very much look alike with the same lamp and same art on the walls. If not the same room, since a hotel can have similar art in many rooms, at least I would say Endeavour came back to the same hotel, usually one does. And I would be surprised if two different hotels in town had the same interior design.

    1. You’re correct Bo, it is the same hotel. It would also make sense for the film crew to shoot the scenes in the same room and hotel.

  16. One last thing with this episode? Surely not, Bo! ☺I don’t think that the police get time off for Christmas in the same way that local government workers or civil servants do. They could have tried to book time off at Christmas, but as many others would do the same, some would have to be told that they couldn’t have the days off that they wanted. Annual leave usually has to be booked months in advance. And then, if something big happens, they announce on the news that “All leave has been cancelled”. But this trip to Venice was very much a last minute thing for Thursday, if not for Morse. Morse could have told Thursday the name of the hotel he stayed in on his previous visit, but how likely is it that Thursday would remember the name months later? OK, not impossible.
    So Clemens was the towpath murderer. Who did Sturgis kill?

    1. Hi Bert. To quickly answer the question you just posed, Carl Sturgis was the serial killer who murdered the first three victims on the canal towpath. The third murder commited by Sturgis, was that of Bridget, Win Thursday’s friend, and Sturgis was arrested by Thursday and Strange after that murder, at the start of this episode, “Zenana”. As Tim Edwards pointed out with an astute reference in the comments above, Sturgis either thought he was a werewolf, or at the very least he behaves like one. He is thus some kind of lycanthrope. For this to be the storyline in an intellectual detective mystery show is quite ridiculous in my opinion.

      The fourth murder occurs on the towpath, while Sturgis had already been detained by Thursday, which caused that distasteful argument and scene between Morse and Thursday, that led to Max reprimanding the pair of them. It turned out that this fourth murder was carried out by the copycat killer David Clemens. As we know, the lady academics and students of Lady Matilda’s college, lured this killer into a trap, which accidentally led him running into a vehicle. My thoughts on the copycat killer, I have already detailed in my previous comments. In my view, it was rather “shoehorned” in, to ludricously create more tension between Thursday and Morse. Furthermore, the only explanation Morse gave as to why Clemens became the copycat killer, was that by discovering the first murdered body on the towpath, it sparked something latent, in Clemens himself. This is an ambiguous and unconvincing reason for murder.

      1. Hi James, I tend to agree with you about the werewolf aspect of Sturgis; however there are such lunatics out there-take Jeffrey Dahmer, for example, who actually ate his victims 😲
        But I agree that I would like to see more intellectual murders (on a par with the Morse stories) for next season!

      2. Thanks for kindly replying to my comments, Kathleen. Undoubtedly, there are lunatics out there, as you described with an example. You should be careful, suggesting these ideas, Russell Lewis might borrow them, and we’ll have another ludricrous storyline next time around! I’m only joking, and in all seriousness, Chris has argued himself in his Lewis book, that you could say “all those who commit murder are suffering some sort of mental aberration”. However, clearly there are degrees to which this happens, and this year’s serial killer storyline was not to my taste at all. Notwithstanding, numerous and problematic plot holes, which have been talked about by many on this page. I hope the next and sadly final series of Endeavour, returns to the show’s roots, or as you put it Kathleen, returns to more intellectual reasons behind suspicious deaths, on a par with the original Morse series. That is all from me for now. Thank you and all the best.

      3. Thanks, James. You have explained that very well. I have not watched the earlier episode where Bridget is killed. I realise that I was mistaken in thinking that Clemens was the original towpath murderer. If Clemens HAD murdered Molly, it would have supported Morse’s theory that the person who finds the body is often the killer.

  17. I mistakenly left out the second “t”, in the word committed, sorry about that. It should have said, “The third murder “committed” by Sturgis”. That is all for now, and I hope my explanation helps you Bert, in what was sadly a poor seventh series. We all hope for a lot better, when it comes to the final series of Endeavour.

  18. Perhaps the answer to the leave question, as far as Morse is concerned, is when Thursday tells him he has leave outstanding and that “upstairs” would like him to take it before he goes (0:51:39).

  19. “The heart decides,” Morse says in the restaurant at 1:00:16. A quote from Paulo Coelho, “The heart decides, and what it decides is all that really matters.”

  20. So a chap named ‘Ludo’ thinks of making lots of money through a life insurance scam. “I know what,” he thinks, “I’ll put adverts in papers in Leicester, then Uttoxeter, Dover and Oxford, to spell out my name. What larks!” It’s a good job he didn’t get as far as using his full name.

  21. ‘Hi Bert. Morse said in the episode, The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn, “Morse’s law is that whoever finds the body is the murderer.”’ Thanks, Chris. I knew I’d heard it somewhere. I wish I had a phonographic memory☺! Also I now know that I got it wrong about Clemens being Molly’s boyfriend. The boyfriend was Carl Sturgis.

  22. At 1:39:39 Morse is walking along a jetty towards Campiello del Remer, with the Fabbriche Nuove behind him on the opposite side of the Grand Canal. It is a similar view to the one from the bedroom in episode 1 at 0:29:32.

  23. Who murdered flasher Tony Jakobssen? Strange says that they think the towpath killer (who turned out to be Sturgis for the murders of Molly and Bridget, at least) murdered Jakobssen because he was ‘queering his pitch’. But Jacobsen was murdered by having his throat cut with something that looked like a sword to me. That is, in a completely different way from the other towpath murders. Nobody seems to have made any real effort to find Jakobssen’s killer; they just jumped to the conclusion that it was the same man who had killed Molly and Bridget. When Thursday and Morse knew that Blish had killed Benford, they thought it must have been because she supposedly knew who had killed Molly. This turned out not to be the case, but why else would Blish have killed her if not to cover up his murder of Molly? When Bridget was killed, with Blish in custody, Blish could not be the towpath killer. The same thing happened when Petra was killed with Sturgis in custody.
    Did you notice the terrible ‘spectacle acting’ of Angus Wright (Professor Blish). Blish is evidently short-sighted (as I am), as he wears his spectacles most of the time, but he takes them off repeatedly for no apparent reason. I only take mine off to read something close-up. I suppose it gave him something to do with his hands.

  24. There was another example of a stupid question when Mrs Blish told her husband that “Someone has died – Dr Benford.” Blish responds, “Naomi?” How many other Dr Benfords are there in Oxford? Of course, as he was the murderer (although it could have been manslaughter), it gave him time to compose himself.

  25. Fresh fom a viewing in the US. I agree with your review, Chris. If anything, I would be harsher in my assessment of plot and characterization.

    Two observations:

    1) In the US, we did not hear Mama Cass, alas. We heard instead the song used to open “Canticle” in the US, with lyrics “Make believe you love me, darling / Make believe you care.”

    2) In case this hasn’t already been pointed out: in this episode, the Warden and dons of Lady Matilda’s are thwarting a first attempt to go coeducational. In the Lewis episode “Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things,” the vote has just been taken at Lady Matilda’s to go coed. Ah, well. It was a valiant attempt.

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