Endeavour Episode, RIDE: Review + Locations, Literary References, Music etc. SPOILERS.


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Where’s Colin?

Colin at around 13 and a half minutes.

Directed by – Sandra Goldbacher. This episode is Sandra’s only 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’.

First broadcast in the UK on 3 January 2016.


March 1967. Morse is disillusioned after spending time in prison following his last case, and even though he is exonerated, ponders his future with the police. Having relocated to an isolated lake front cottage, Morse is befriended by an unhappy millionaire and his friends. At a funfair on Cowley Green a young woman, Jeannie Hearne, is spirited away into the night, seemingly without explanation. When her body is found the next morning, Inspector Thursday investigates and discovers that Morse’s new friends are involved. When Morse’s millionaire friend is killed, but then appears the next day, Morse realises his future is as a detective and the solution lies at the funfair where Hearne went missing.

(warning, this review will contain some spoilers)

Jags out of ten:



(Due to copyright and cost the modern music on the DVD’s and on broadcast outside the UK is different).

The opening music is Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: No. III. Sequentia: Lacrimosa by Mozart.


At 4 and a half minutes, Endeavour is playing music in his cabin by the lake.

Requiem in D Minor, K626: III. Sequentia: Confutatis by Mozart.


Endeavour comes across two girls dancing at around the nine minute mark. They are listening to Sunday Morning by THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO.


Endeavour arrives at the party. 17 and a half minutes. I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) by the THE ELECTRIC PRUNES is playing.


Later at the same party as mentioned above we hear, You’re Gonna Miss Me by13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS.


At around the 28 and a half minute mark we are at the Carnival/Fair. Playing is Puppet on a String by SANDIE SHAW.


At around 35 minutes Endeavour enters Bixby’s masquerade party. Playing is Wooly Bully. An instrumental version of the song by Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs.


Bruce and Kay arrive at the second Bixby party mentioned above. There is a version of A Taste of Honey by HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS playing.


Endeavour and Kay dance at Bixby’s party. The End of the World by JULIE LONDON.


At the Bixby’s Belvedere Club Kay tries to guess Morse’s first name in the garden. Playing in the background is All Tomorrow’s Parties by THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, NICO.


At 46 and a half minutes Morse is listening to music in his cabin. It is Rigoletto: “V’ho Ingannato” Act 3.


At around 4 minutes Jakes tells Thursday that they are off to woods near Lake Silence. Silence and quietness play a big part in the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gatsby.


At around the 24 minute mark while Bixby and Endeavour are looking over the lake, Bixby says, “If you can make a heap of all your winnings and risk it all in one turn
of pitch and toss.”

This is from the third verse of Rudyard Kipling’s poem, ‘If.’

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’


At around 26 and a half minutes Endeavour notices something scratched into Bixby’s car.

Numbers 32:23 is a reference to section of the Bible. Numbers 32:23 refers to the line; “But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.”


At the Bixby party Bruce says to Bixby, “Trade. The white man’s burden.” “The White Man’s Burden” (1899), by Rudyard Kipling, is a poem about the Philippine–American War (1899–1902) that exhorts the United States to assume colonial control of the Filipino people and their country. The first verse is;

Take up the White Man’s burden —

Send forth the best ye breed —

Go bind your sons to exile

To serve your captives’ need;

To wait in heavy harness

On fluttered folk and wild —

Your new-caught sullen peoples,

Half devil and half child.


While Katy is trying to guess Endeavour’s name while in the garden of Bixby’s home, Katy says, “A rose by any other…” A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a popular adage from William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.


At one hour and 14 minutes Endeavour is looking through the scrapbook.

Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’ is written out in longhand.


In the same scene as above Endeavour looks at a photo.

This will be a copy of The Odyssey by Homer.


The Harry Rose character is described by Bixby as “the man who fixed the World Cup last year.” This echoes a description of the character in the Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Meyer Wolfsheim. He is described as “the man who fixed the World Series in 1919.”


Endeavour says to Bixby that “No matter how much you want it, you can’t turn the clock back.” Bixby replies, “Of course you can. Of course you can, old man.” There is a similar conversation in The Great Gatsby.

From Chapter Six. The first voice is Nick Carraway the story’s narrator. The second is Gatsby.

He broke off and began to walk up and down a desolate path of fruit rinds
and discarded favors and crushed flowers.

“I wouldn’t ask too much of her,” I ventured. “You can’t repeat the past.”

“Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can!”


At around 13 minutes the police are called to a student’s death, Gerald Ashbourne.

This scene is an allusion to the painting The Death of Chatterton, 1856, by Henry Wallis.


At the Joss Bixby party Endeavour notices a painting is a fake.

This painting is Still life with boy with thorn. Vanitas by Pieter Claesz. (Vanitas is Latin for vanity). The original, as Endeavour mentions, is in the The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.


First up we see Bixby’s house.

This is Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire.


Around the one and a half minute mark.

The above is Catte Street with the Sheldonian Theatre in the background.


Harry Rose being released from prison at around the 2 minute mark.

Thanks to Francoise who found this location. It is next to the castle and Nuffield College.



After the above scene we are at the fair.

Location unknown. It’s possible the fair was set up in Merton Field or similar in Oxford.


Bruce Belborough’s home.

This location is Minley Manor, Minley, Hampshire.


At around 11 minutes we see the police station.

This is actually Southgate Town Hall, 6 Palmerston Cres, Palmers Green, London N13 4UA



Just after 11 minutes we get an Oxford skyline.


At around 13 minutes we visit an Oxford College. The police are called after a student is found dead.

This filmed in Exeter College.


At 13 and a half minutes we see Exeter Church.


At around 17 minutes Thursday visits Endeavour’s flat.

This is Parktown in Oxford.


At around the 55 minute mark Thursday and Endeavour are chatting.

This is of course Radcliffe Square with Radcliffe camera in the background.


Endeavour and Thursday are talking to Harry Rose at a restaurant at around one hour and 3 minutes.

Location unknown. It could be the interior of one of the two large estates used for the locations of Bixby and Belborough’s homes.


At one hour and 12 minutes Endeavour visits the college where the student died and where Roddy Farthingale attended.

This is Exeter College.


Thursday and Endeavour attend the funeral of Joss Bixby.

Thank you to Francoise who identified the location as All Saints Church, Castle Road, Shirburn.


The location of the cabin where Endeavour lives for a while.

It is Black Park, Buckinghamshire. Thanks to Francoise for the identification.


No pubs visited.

Actors who appeared in RIDE and/or Morse or Lewis.

Hilton McRae played The Great Zambezi.

He also played Mack in the Lewis episode ‘Counter Culture Blues.’


Crystal Leaity played Roselle Brawton.

She played Rachael Cliff in Intelligent Design.


Robin McCallum played the Bursar of the college.

He also played a doctor in the Lewis episode, One For Sorrow.


In this episode we meet a young Anthony Donn.

We have met the older Anthony Donn in the Morse episode, Deceived by Flight.


Bruce refers to Endeavour as ‘Pagan’ at around the 8 minute mark. We first heard Endeavour being called ‘Pagan’ in the Morse episode, Deceived by Flight. In that episode he is called ‘pagan’ by the character Roland Marshall.

Endeavour Morse was referred to as ‘Pagan’ while at Oxford because he wouldn’t divulge his Christian name.


At around nine minutes Endeavours meets two girls dancing, Elva Piper and Kay Belborough. Kay tells Endeavour, “I was hoping to fix Elva up with Julius Hanbury…”

We meet the character of Julius Hanbury in the Morse episode, Ghost in the Machine. Elva doesn’t marry Julius Hanbury who later becomes Lord Hanbury.


At Joss Bixby’s party Endeavour and Bixby talk about painting and fakes and how can one be sure which is which. This is a possible nod to the Morse episode Who Killed Harry Field. In that episode fake art was a big part of the episode.


At around 25 minutes while Bixby and Endeavour chat, Bixby says, “I was at Harvard myself. But all the important things in life, I learned at the tables. You a betting man?” Endeavour replies, “My father played the horses. One gambler in the family’s quiet enough.”

We of course met Endeavour’s father in the ‘Home‘ episode.


At the fair Endeavour wins a tiger.

A foreshadowing of the Prey episode in series three.


While in Bixby’s garden Kay and Endeavour are talking. Endeavour says that Katy reminds him of someone. She asks good or bad and Endeavour replies, “Both.” Endeavour is referring to his great love Susan. We ‘saw’ Susan in the pilot episode while Endeavour is daydreaming.

We get to see the older Susan in the Morse episode, Dead on Time.


Tenuous connection. At one hour and 5 minutes we are in Bright’s office.

The circle photo must be Mrs Bright whom we meet in series six. Of course the photo above is not of the actor who eventually played Mrs Bright.


Near the end of the episode Endeavour visits Kay and Bruce. Kay tells him, “Safari. Kenya. Guy Mortmain has a place out there.” We meet Guy Mortmain in the Endeavour episode, ‘Prey‘.

We also meet the Mortmain’s family in the Lewis episode ‘Dead of Winter.’


Near the end of the episode Thursday and Endeavour are talking.

Thursday – “The further a man runs away from his nature, the sooner it’ll find him out.”

Endeavour – So what does that make me?

Thursday – A good detective.

Endeavour – And a poor policeman.

A phrase first heard in the Morse episode, ‘Second Time Around.’


The Harry Rose character turns up again in the fourth episode of series 4. Sort of.

At the beginning of the episode Coda, series four, episode four the scene is a funeral. The funeral is that of Harry Rose.


Exeter College stands in for Carlyle College.


At one minute Joss is watching a film of the attempt at the land speed record on Coniston Water by Donald Campbell.


A nod to a Bond villain, Emilio Largo, at the three minute mark?

Emilio Largo a character in the Bond film, Thunderball.


Crossword shown at around 4 and a half minutes.

The only words I can make out are; Amber, Hell, Premium, Omen, Core, Tailors. The only connection I can make is ‘beer.’ Premium beer. Amber liquid to describe beer. There’s a Taylor’s Brewery in Keighley. There’s a ‘Omen Brewing’ in Canada. Core to mean Coors? Helles or hell is a traditional German pale lager beer.


At around 6 and a half minutes Anthony Donn says to Endeavour, “You remember Bruce?” Endeavour replies that he remembers he worked for the East Indies Steamship Company. This may be an allusion to the British India Steam Navigation Company (“BI”) that was formed in 1856 as the Calcutta and Burmah Steam Navigation Company.


Kay says of Elva Piper that she won the Tennis French Open. The episode is set in 1967. The winner in 1966 was British woman Anne Jones.


At around 12 minutes Kay says to “Why don’t I get the I Ching?” The I Ching is used in a type of divination called cleromancy, which uses apparently random numbers. Six numbers between 6 and 9 are turned into a hexagram.


Endeavour picks up a card that was under the police car which has driven off.

In heraldry In a coat of arms, on a crest or a shield, the bull represents valour and magnanimity, bravery and generosity.


Elva Piper says to Endeavour at around the 18 and a half minute mark, “He’s as rich as Croesus.” Croesus, (died c. 546 bc), last king of Lydia (reigned c. 560–546), who was renowned for his great wealth.

Croesus - Wikipedia


At 25 minutes Bruce is looking at a newspaper.

The main story is written by Dorothea Frazil.


Endeavour receives an invitation from Bixby.

I’m assuming the ‘monochrome masquerade’ alludes to the black and white masquerade mentioned in The Great Gatsby.


At around the 53 and a half minute mark Bruce is being interviewed by Thursday and Jakes. Bruce says when asked if he plays golf, “I’m afraid I side with those
that think it’s a good walk spoiled.” The following quote is attributed to Mark Twain; “Golf is a good walk spoiled.”


At around 55 minutes Endeavour and Fred are sitting on a bench in Radcliffe Square.

As Fred is opening the wrapping around his sandwiches Endeavour says, “Cheese and pickle.” That means it’s Monday. To read my post about Fred’s sandwiches click HERE.


Bixby reappears at around one hour and 12 minutes. During his conversation with Endeavour he says, “If East End barrow boys can become world-famous snappers…” Bixby is referring to David Bailey the world famous photographer.


One of the people who was playing golf with Bruce was a man named Outis. Outis, transliteration of Ancient Greek = “nobody” or “no one”, is an often used pseudonym.


At one hour and 22 minutes when Endeavour is explaining who was whom etc. Conrad Greel/Joss Bixby says to Endeavour, “Now, what am I? Some sort of man
of a thousand faces?” This is a reference to Lon Chaney an American actor, director, screenwriter and makeup artist. He is regarded as one of the most versatile and powerful actors of cinema, renowned for his characterizations of tortured, often grotesque and afflicted characters, and his ground-breaking artistry with makeup. Often referred to as the man with a thousand faces.


When Endeavour is at Bixby’s party he is looking at Bixby’s art collection he remarks it’s “the loot of the world.” This is a reference to the film Citizen Kane and the newsreel scene, “News On The March.”.


Bixby referred to people as ‘Old man.’ Gatsby in the Fitzgerald novel referred to people as ‘Old sport.”


Thank you to John and Cheryl for the following reference, “Ride reference is made to a car being the Klipspringer Continental. Klipspringer is a character in The Great Gatsby who is said to be Oxford educated. He attends Gatsby’s parties and almost seems to live at Gatsby’s mansion but after Gatsby’s death he does not attend the funeral yet calls Nick Carraway about a pair of tennis shoes he left at Gatsby’s mansion.”


John and Cheryl also came up with the following connection, “This is perhaps a tenuous link but the American actor Bill Bixby starred in a TV series called The Magician in the early 1970s where he played the illusionist, Tony Blake. Joss has Bixby as his surname and his father, The Great Zambezi, is also an illusionist/ magician.”

British Phrases/Colloquialisms.

While Anthony Donn is driving Endeavour at around 6 and a half minutes, Anthony says, “You remember Bruce? My second-cousin. Loose-head in the Varsity match?”

A ‘Loose-head‘ is a rugby term meaning, ‘the prop on the hooker’s left in the front row of a scrum.’


Mrs Hearne is reporting that her daughter is missing to Thursday and Jakes at around the 11 minute mark. She says, “She’s a clippie.” A clippie was a bus conductor who would collect fares.


Clem Skivett is being interviewed by Endeavour and Thursday about the heroin in the toy monkey. Skivett says, “I’m not saying anything until I see my brief.” Brief is a slang term for a lawyer.


The first victim is Jeannie Hearne.

Killed by being hit by a car several times. Murdered by Conrad Greel.


Student at Carlyle College. Not murder per se but a heroin overdose.


Joss Bixby/Charlie Greel is shot by a shotgun.

Killed by his brother Conrad Greel.


Conrad Greel shot.

Killed by The Great Zambezi.


Roddy Farthingale is killed. Shot?

Killed by Conrad Greel.


Meghan Treadway as Jeannie Hearne.


Vincent Riotta as Harry Rose.


Lewis Rainer as Albert Potter.


Roger Allam as DI Fred Thursday.


Shaun Evans as DC Endeavour Morse.


Samuel Barnett as Anthony Donn.


James Bradshaw as Dr. Max DeBryn


Ben Mansfield as Bruce Belborough.


Jemima West as Kay Belborough.


Margaret Clunie as Elva Piper.


Jackie Morrison as Mrs. Hearne.


Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright.


Shvorne Marks as Monica Hicks.


Jack Laskey as DS Peter Jakes.


Sean Rigby as Sergeant Jim Strange.


David Oakes as Joss Bixby.


Joe Sims as Clem Skivett.


Hilton McRae as The Great Zambezi.


Crystal Leaity as Roselle Brawton.


Louis Maskell as Roddy Farthingale.

Author: Chris Sullivan

Up until a few years ago I was my mum's full time carer. She died in, 2020, of Covid. At the moment I am attempting to write a novel.

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      1. Same here. I recall watching it on the Friday “Late Show,” which was a series of monster/horror films that aired Fridays at 11:30PM, from a station in Buffalo, NY.

  1. Another outstanding review, Chris. I do like this episode and I especially found it interesting that you mark this episode as the turning point in Bright’s opinion of Endeavour, a change from his feelings about him in the beginning episodes. The literary references and the comparison of the different sources that Russell Lewis drew from to this episode was so time consuming, I can imagine, but so well done. And lest I forget, the wonderful views of Edinburgh were a real treat. A trip to Scotland is next on my list and I will think of you!
    The coin toss by that horrible father was a nice touch to the story and explained the significance of why Bixby was never without it.

    1. Thank you Kathleen, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I hope you make it to Scotland and especially Edinburgh.

  2. Thank you, Chris, for yet another comprehensive overview of the episode, its settings and references. Loved the review. You and Charlotte are a charming comedy duo, and the train animation was a wonderful touch. Is that Charlotte’s work? The review is astute, spot on as usual. I enjoyed the Edinburgh settings and the memories they brought back. When you’re by the Abraham Lincoln statue, to our left (your right) is a building with David Hume’s name carved above the door. Is that a mausoleum??

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it Mary Ann. It was Charlotte who created the train animation. The David Hume building is a mausoleum. Well spotted.

  3. love the review Chris, One thing is that the car that Endeavour points to, and shown in your review, while being a similar color to Morse’s eventual Jag is in fact a Porsche, probably a 911 or 912 I’m not quite as up on pre-1970 porsche cars.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the review. Knowing nothing about cars I was told the red car was a Jag. I will rectify the error.

  4. Great review Chris. I know how hard it is to get your thoughts to flow on camera. I can appreciate the amount of time it took to do that. Well done.

  5. I was so curious to hear your thoughts on this one! This was the first episode that really threw me for a loop. I’m so intrigued by the idea of a Gatsby send-up set outside of the United States. Well, that they would do a Gatsby send-up at all on a 1960s detective drama, but even then. Unworthy of my maybe, but my very first thought was “but how! This is a book about how America is a lie!” and I suppose this is also an episode about disillusionment (ha ha, pun intended) and not fitting in/ old money social snobbery, but…oh well. I do respect big choices, even when they don’t work, and this one doesn’t work for me.

    I was thinking about it, and I wonder if there’s an intentional nod to older Morse’s apparent love of con artists (I am thinking of his posthumous crush on Harry Field, and how much fun he seemed to be having that episode). I’m intrigued by the idea that a very reserved man like Morse has a secret fascination with brazen liars.

    This episode does have my favorite Bright line, possibly of the whole series. The scandalized way he says “Five hundred pounds?!” make me laugh every time

    1. I hope you enjoyed my review. It is possible there is a nod to Harry Field but I wouldn’t to Harry as a con artist as the worst he did was fool some Americans with joke genealogy. Though, Harry’s father could be construed as a con artist. As so often happens Anton Lesser steals most of the scenes he appears in.

  6. Do we ever find out who scratched the Bible verse from Proverbs on the car? (Evil twin, I’m guessing, but I don’t recall it being made explicit.)

  7. I do like The Great Bixby alot more than that recent new version of The Great Gatsby. The movie was way too over the top, but the Endeavour version was calm and insightful. And what’s not to love about Morse chopped firewood wearing a tie?

  8. I was confused what was meant by Bixby calling Belborough a “Blackshirt(‘s) Bastard”, and after some googling found out that the Blackshirts was a slang term for members of the British fascist party in the 1930s. The more you know. I just thought that other people mightn’t know that either, and this seemed the only appropriate place to note it…
    Either way, all of your posts are a Godsend for understanding the references in the episodes, and fun Endeavour facts! So thank you very much for writing them.

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