Endeavour Episode, UNIFORM (Series 9, Episode 2): Review + Locations, Literary References, Music etc. SPOILERS.

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Where’s Colin?

Directed by Nirpal Bhogal. 

Written byColin 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 March 5, 2023.

UNIFORM: Series 9, Episode 2.


It’s June, 1972.

While the murders of Mickey Flood and Andrew Lewis are still being investigated, Endeavour et al have to solve three more murders. Meanwhile, Endeavour is becoming obsessed with Blenheim Vale and the disappearance of Brenda Lewis and Josiah Landesman.

With the impending wedding of Jim Strange and Joan Thursday, Joan appears to be having second thoughts while (yawn) Endeavour still contemplates his love for her.

(warning, this review will contain spoilers)

Here we are at the penultimate episode. After the relatively good first episode of the final series can the second episode be as good or better?

As the Morse Universe gets closer to a point of no longer expanding and becoming a static entity floating in a digital multiverse one has to feel not only sadness but grief. In relation to the TV series, if the Morse episode, The Dead of Jericho, was the Big Bang that created the Morse Universe then the final three episodes are witness to the universe slowly and inexorably growing darker.

As the older Morse fans shrug off this mortal coil they will leave behind black holes in the Morse Universe. Are there enough younger fans of the the original series to keep its memory alive or like black holes at the death of the universe will those memories simply disappear. Will fans of the Endeavour series still be talking about it in the same hallowed tones as fans of the original series and Lewis in thirty six years? I don’t believe so. The Endeavour series, I believe, will simply be a footnote in the history of television. Shaun Evans’s fans will have moved on to some other heartthrob. My reasoning and evidence for this are simple. Look at the horror of series seven and eight. And now, after the watchable, Prelude, the second episode sees the Morse Universe not going out with a bang but a whimper.

This episode committed the biggest crime (pun intended) of any TV programme or film. That crime is not the the unnecessary subplots. The crime is not the rehashing of the Blenheim Vale story. The crime is not Russell using blatant manipulation of TV viewers by including a (regurgitated) story about child abuse to tug at one’s heartstrings. The crime is not throwing in a subplot about snobs and rich kids to not only manipulate the viewer to boo and hiss them like their some pantomime villains (and that’s how they came across) but to allow Russel Lewis to show his left wing, liberal, working class bias (Again Russell is regurgitating characters from his Muse episode). The crime is not in underusing the characters of Bright, Max and Jim Strange. The crime is not having so many murders in just two episodes, (six in total and eight if one counts the skeletal remains in the grounds of Blenheim Vale), making the series more like Midsomer Murders.

No amount of great acting and breath-taking cinematography can save the episode from its greatest crime.



During the meal at the Thursday’s home, Jim Strange talks about the case they are working. As we know the Thursdays had an unwritten rule that work was not to be mentioned at the dinner table. Surely, Jim has been invited to the Thursday’s for a meal before this one (after the announcement of the engagement one would believe). And if he had been, Joan would certainly have told him not to talk police work at the table.


Why would the actor, Raymond Swann (found murdered at the disused factory), be wearing his police costume while not actually acting?


Why is Endeavour the only person who finds clues? He found both pieces of a mask, (and perversely the pieces match. But if a piece had already broken off where the homeless person died, why wouldn’t the wearer have thrown it away and get a new one? When we see the Debonairs in the car before they hit Paul Baynard none of them has a piece missing from their mask.) He finds the book under the car. He finds the cigarettes in the disused factory. And, the Motorbike lamp at the side of the road.


Why would the Debonairs talk when being interviewed? They have high class lawyers who would most definitely make sure they said nothing during the interviews. Their rich, powerful parents would have had them out on bail very quickly.


Why would Kenneth Prior admit to the murders? The only ‘clue’ the police had was his name, Sellers. Nothing else.

Jags out of ten:



I did not hear any music other than incidental by Matthew Slater.


This is a possible literary connection. The fictional TV detective in the episode, Jolyon Jolliphant might be an allusion to Inigo Jollifant from the J. B. Priestley play, The Good Companions.’


Archibald Ormsby-Gore one of the upper class Debonairs was the name of the British poet John Betjeman’s teddy bear. It inspired the name for Sebastian Flyte’s teddy bear, Aloysius, in Brideshead Revisited, a novel by Evelyn Waugh. Also in the novel there is a Mulcaster (one of the afore mentioned Debonairs.


At around one and half minutes we see the invite.

The first part, “To the legion of the lost ones, to the cohort of the damned” is  the fist line of the Rudyard Kipling poem, ‘Gentlemen-Rankers.’


I’m assuming the Deboanirs in the way they dress are a reference to the Droogs from the Anthony Burgess novel, A Clockwork Orange. Thank you to PeterH who said in the comments, “A couple more shot references to Clockwork Orange. The Debonairs walk through an arch before they set upon the rough sleepers. This is strikingly similar to the scene in CO where Alex’s gang assault a drunken homeless man in an underpass. Later, they are seen and heard hooning off into the night along a country lane. This is reminisicient of one of the car scenes in CO where Alex’s gang disappear into the night in their stolen Durango 95, fleeing from their crime scenes.”


At around 2 minutes and 45 seconds, one of the fictional police officers on the TV says, “‘Constable Banks? Cut along to old Ma Peggoty‘s.” Peggotys are characters from the Charles Dickens novel, David Copperfield.


In the rehearsal scene at around 33 minutes, the actor says, “The devil makes work for idle hands.” This quote is paraphrasing Proverbs 16:27-29. “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece.”


At around one hour and 20 minutes Endeavour and Thursday are talking to Kenneth prior.

Kenneth says, “The Convergence Of The Twain.” This is a reference to the Thomas Hardy poem of the same name. The poem is about the sinking of the Titanic.

The Convergence of the Twain
(Lines on the loss of the “Titanic”)

In a solitude of the sea
Deep from human vanity,
And the Pride of Life that planned her, stilly couches she.

Steel chambers, late the pyres
Of her salamandrine fires,
Cold currents thrid, and turn to rhythmic tidal lyres.

Over the mirrors meant
To glass the opulent
The sea-worm crawls — grotesque, slimed, dumb, indifferent.

Jewels in joy designed
To ravish the sensuous mind
Lie lightless, all their sparkles bleared and black and blind.

Dim moon-eyed fishes near
Gaze at the gilded gear
And query: “What does this vaingloriousness down here?” …

Well: while was fashioning
This creature of cleaving wing,
The Immanent Will that stirs and urges everything

Prepared a sinister mate
For her — so gaily great —
A Shape of Ice, for the time far and dissociate.

And as the smart ship grew
In stature, grace, and hue,
In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too.

Alien they seemed to be;
No mortal eye could see
The intimate welding of their later history,

Or sign that they were bent
By paths coincident
On being anon twin halves of one august event,

Till the Spinner of the Years
Said “Now!” And each one hears,
And consummation comes, and jars two hemispheres.


Nothing of any importance.


In the first minute we see the students walking down college cloisters.

This is Magdalen College.


In the next scene we see the Debonaires in Radcliffe Square.


At 3 minutes and 45 seconds we see the Debonairs.

This is Radcliffe Square near the Catte Street entrance to the High Street.


The Baynard house. UNIDENTIFIED.


At 8 minutes and 20 seconds we see the exterior of where one of the Debonairs lives.

This is part of Magdalen College adjacent to the High Street.


At 12 minutes an overview.

This is All Souls College.


After the above scene we see the Debonairs in a college Quad.

This is Magdalen College. The Debonairs are standing in an arch of the New Building.


At 18 minutes we are at the location of the dead Raymond Swann.

Thank you to Coco who believes this location to be the disused Shredded Wheat factory in Welwyn Garden City.


At 22 minutes and 45 seconds Endeavour visits an ‘Oxford Library.’

This building is known as the Old Warden’s Lodgings. The Warden’s occupation of this oversized building would not last long and it was vacated in 1947. The Old Warden’s Lodgings are now occupied by the college library.


At 23 minutes and 25 seconds, Endeavour visits the Joke Shop.

This is on Turl Street. Of course, the front has been created by the filming crew. Here is the actual front of the shop.

The crew used the empty shop as the joke shop and used the gated entrance as the flower shop.


Filming Location. UNIDENTIFIED.


Endeavour goes to the dead actor’s home.

Endeavour goes to enter the door on the left. This is on Merton Street close to the High Street end.

It’s 12 Merton Street.


The hall seen at around 33 minutes where the actors are rehearsing.

Thanks to Coco, who identified this location. It is Holyrood Church Hall and Social Centre, Tolpits Lane ,Watford.


Paul Baynard’s body is found. UNIDENTIFIED.


At 45 minutes we see Thames valley Police Station.

The location of the Thames Valley Police Station is, The St Cross Building, University of Oxford. It contains the English Faculty Library. Thank you to Roger who wrote in the comments, “relevantly for Morse, that building is actually overwhelmingly taken up by classrooms and offices for the Oxford Law Faculty and for the Bodleian Law Library. A fitting fictional home for a police station?”


At 50 minutes we see the Debonairs play croquet.

This is in the grounds of Magdalen College. The building in the background is New Building.


At around 52 minutes we see Fred on a bridge.

This is the Bridge over the River Cherwell. It is part of the Marston Cyclepath.


At around 57 minutes Sam and Joan are enjoying an ice cream.

This is the same location as the above one where Fred is standing. There is of course no bench at this location. It’s a prop.

However, the railings beside the water are not seen in the Sam and Joan screenshot above. Were they photoshopped out during post production? Everything else looks right. I would walk over this bridge when going to Oxford City Centre from my AIRBnB.


At around the one hour mark we see Morse’s home.

It is a vicarage next to St Paul’s Church, Grove Park Road, Hounslow, London.


Blenheim Vale.

This is Langleybury House & Film Centre, Langleybury Ln, Sarratt, Kings Langley WD4 8RN.


At one hour and 11 minutes we see the façade of the Eagle and Child.

Sadly, the Eagle and Child has closed.

In the next scene we see Joan enter the pub and sit down. UNIDENTIFIED.

This is not The Eagle and Child. The Endeavour team normally use the Royal Standard of England pub, Forty Green, Buckinghamshire but I’m pretty certain that it isn’t that pub.


Endeavour and Thursday talk to Kenneth Prior about his brother. UNIDENTIFIED.


Near the end of the episode, Endeavour visits Joan.

This is Wellington Square in Oxford.

The blue door is Joan’s home.

Actors who appeared in Uniform and/or Morse or Lewis or Previous Endeavour episodes.

Jakes (Jack Laskey) appears at the end of the episode.

The Jakes character of course was in the Endeavour series up until the Arcadia episode, (Series 3, Episode 2)


Leo Staar as Richard / DI Chance.

He played Simon Eastwood in the Lewis episode Entry Wounds.


For the first time in this episode we see a book by Kent Finn.

The character of Kent Finn, played by Adam James, appeared in the episode, Game.

His books also turned up in the episodes Muse and Confection.


Baynard the artist is, of course, a reference to Harry Field from the Morse episode, Who Killed Harry Field? Harry was an artist and loved his motorbike as well as a drink or two. Harry would also drive around at night with no lights.

Trevor Byfield as Harry Field.


We see the following about 5 minutes and 45 seconds in. It’s while Endeavour is going through papers.

Clive Deare is ACC Deare who we say in the Endeavour episode, Neverland.

Deare is the man who shot Fred in the Neverland episode. he also framed Endeavour for murder.

In the same scene we see flashbacks to the Neverland episode.


It’s a tenuous link but the Joke/Costume shop is reminiscent of the costume shop in the Lewis episode, Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things.

In the Lewis scene, one can see Colin Dexter.


At around 25 minutes, Strange is talking to Thursday. Fred says, “Some of them have cancelled leave. Others have refused to go home.”

This is a reference to a scene in the Morse episode, Second Time Around. Charlie Hillian, a police officer, has been killed when Morse arrives at the police station the place is awash with officers.

Morse asks, “What the hell’s going on, sir? Strange replies, “Quite a sight, isn’t it? Some of them have come back off leave. Others have refused to go home after their shift.”


The Joke Shop Owner, David Astin, mentions that his brother lived in Jericho. The are of Oxford known as jericho has been mentioned often in the Morse Universe but for most people it is associated with the first Morse episode, The Dead of Jericho.


In this episode we see Endeavour visiting the home of the dead actor.

As stated above this is 12 Merton Street. This address is very close to where another scene was filmed in the episode, Oracle.

The two white doors one can see near the front of the Jag are the doors that Endeavour walks to in the Uniform episode. Of course Merton Street has been used numerous times in the Morse Universe.


Jim Strange’s Gran at dinner with the Thursdays.

She has the look of Morse’s step mother Gwen in the Morse episode, Cherubim and Seraphim.


At around 38 minutes Endeavour and Fred leave the actor’s rehearsal. Fred says, “Just like the butts you found at Cresswell’s old biscuit factory.” Cresswells was the biscuit factory in the Endeavour episode, Confection.


Sam Thursday, in the Thursday living room, has in front of him, football magazines and cards. One of these is a football programme from a game that involved Oxford Wanderers. The Wanderers were the football team that featured in the Endeavour episode “Striker.”


Fred mentions his brother Charlie, at around the one hour and 25 minute mark, who we saw in the Endeavour episode, Cartouche.


Joe Landesman was seen in the Endeavour episode, Neverland.


At around the one hour and 15 minute mark Endeavour is stopped by two police officers.

This scene might be a nod to a scene in the Morse episode, Masonic Mysteries.

In the Morse scene, Morse is stopped by a police officer (played by a very young Mark Strong) and the officer breathalyses Morse.


I wondered if the name of the dead actor, Swann, was a reference to the character, Swanpole or Swanie, in the Morse episode, The Service of All the Dead. But, I don’t think it is as it would have made more sense to name the homeless victim, Swann.


Thanks to Maldemer for this great connection. To my utter shame I never made the connection even though I noticed the very obvious, ‘Mouse’ box in the shop window, I never made the connection.

‘Mouse ‘ is a connection to the Morse episode, The Walk Through the Woods. Why? The reason is in the video below.


The Librarian who helps Endeavour find the Kent Finn books is named “Miss Hatch,” This is the name of the Donna Reed’s character in the classic film, It’s a Wonderful Life. Of course, in the film Donna Reed is portrayed as a Librarian after Clarence the angel shows George Bailey what life would be like if he hadn’t been born.

How It's a Wonderful Life became a Christmas Day film classic | The Independent


At the beginning of the episode the Jolly For Short fictional TV show is shown to be made by ATV. Associated Television was the original name of the British broadcaster ATV, part of the Independent Television (ITV) network.


The fictional detective is called, Jolyon Jolliphant. Jolyon is a male given name, a Medieval spelling variant of Julian. On looking into any connections regarding the name ‘Jolyon’ all I could come up with is the following; Jolyon Wagg, a character from The Adventures of Tintin comics by Hergé and
Jolyon Forsyte, two characters (known as Old Jolyon and Young Jolyon) from The Forsyte Saga series of novels (and subsequent film adaptations) by John Galsworthy.

Gareth in the comments section came up with an interesting theory as to why the name, ‘Jolly’ was used. Gareth wrote, ” I wondered whether Jolly for short was a reference to Morse being called Morose by wags in the 80s.”


At around 21 minutes and 30 seconds, Strange and Endeavour are talking about the cigarettes and condom found in the abandoned brewery. Endeavour says, “Empty packet of Old Soldiers, and the wrapper of a prophylactic.” Strange replies, “Midnight, the stars, and you, eh?” Midnight, the stars and You is British-American popular foxtrot song written by Harry M. Woods, Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly and published in 1934. The song was made popular in its use in the film The Shining.

The Shining was directed by Stanley Kubrick. I believe there are other Kubrick references in the episode. I’ve already mentioned the reference to the film, A Clockwork Orange above. Is the military attire a reference to Kubrick’s, Barry Lyndon.

The masks may be a reference to one of Kubrick’s worst films, Eyes Wide Shut.


I think the Joke Shop is a reference to the beloved British Children’s TV show, Mr Benn.

Mr Benn enters a magical costume shop where he travels to places dictated by his costume, and solves problems . The shopkeeper aids Mr Benn escape to the dressing room at moments of peril.

Mr Benn | londonsurvival

Mr Benn and the shopkeeper.


Also in regard to the Joke Shop.

1 – An inside joke about Shaun Evans’s moustache he sported in the sixth series.

2 – A reference to the Endeavour episode, Prey.

3 – Is this a caricature of Shaun Evans?

4 – A reference to the Endeavour episode, Neverland. The ventriloquist.

5 – Maybe a link to the Endeavour episode, Ride, which included scenes at a fair.


At the location of Paul Baynard’s death, Max mentions the famous landscaper, Capability Brown. Lancelot Brown more commonly known as Capability Brown, was an English gardener and landscape architect of the 18th century.


At the beginning of the episode we see the titles for the fictional show, Short For Jolly. In the titles Kenny Prior’s real name is used, Kenneth Sellers.

Once the vagrant is named revealed as Hugh Sellers this provides a link and a clue to their connection. Was this intentional or was it a mistake? I think intentional.


The Debonairs are an obvious reference to the real Bullingdon Club at Oxford University. It has been said that the Bullingdon Club members would burn large denominational notes in from of the homeless.


Interesting that while Joan waits for Endeavour in the pub there is an unsolved crossword on the table,


At around the one hour and 20 minute mark, Endeavour and Dorothea are having a drink.

During the scene, Dorothea says, “You’d never know he was from “oop North”, would you?” Endeavour replies, “Who is, Kenneth Prior? Dorothea continues, “That’s
the RADA for you, dear. Marvellous what they can do with “electrocution” lessons.” This is probably an inside joke as Shaun Evans is from ‘oop North’ (up North), Liverpool to be exact and he changed his accent for the Endeavour series. David in the comments made a good point about this scene, “I thought it might be an allusion to John Thaw who came from Manchester, went to RADA and changed his accent.”


Dorothea mentions in the same scene as above that Kenneth Prior’s real surname is Sellers. He changed it so not to be confused with Peter Sellers.

The Tragic Death Of Peter Sellers


John Joshua in the comments made an interesting observation. “David Ormsby-Gore was a prominent diplomat in the 1960s who inherited his father’s seat as Lord Harlech, and who went on to found HTV (Harlech TV).”


Thanks to Graeme who wrote in the comments, “I think the artist Baynard was based on Tom Adams who produced the covers for most of Agatha Christie’s Fontana paperback covers in the 1970’s; the typeface of the covers is similar as is the use of the artist’s own artefacts in the paintings.”

British Colloquialisms.

1 – Strange calls the homeless man who was killed a ‘dosser.’  It’s a person who sleeps rough.

2 – Strange says to Endeavour about the abandoned brewery, “It’s always been a popular place for Toms.” A Tom is a prostitute. One reason given for the term is, from the French “tomb” (meaning fallen). Or, short for ‘tom-cats’ – who go out at night, looking for sex.

3 – I don’t think this next phrase is particularly British, Mike Gartwood the producer says to Fred and Endeavour after he has finished talking to them, “See you on the green.” It means, ‘good luck.’

4 – While eating with the Thursdays, Jim says that he hopes to get ‘dabs‘ off the cigarette packet. Dabs are fingerprints.

5 – Strange says to Endeavour at around the one hour and six minute mark, “No dabs on the johnny wrapper.” This is referring to the wrapper of a condom.

6 – At around one hour and 11 minutes Fred says, “Me and Jim can deal with these tripe hounds.” Tripe Hounds are an unpleasant or contemptible person.

7 – The actor who talks to Endeavour at the bar after Endeavour had missed seeing Joan says, “Pretty little thing. Brunette. Baby blues. That the frail? The term ‘frail’ is an offensive slang term for a woman.


First victim. Hugh Sellers

Killed by Kenneth Prior/Sellers. Prior did not want it revealed to the public that his brother was a homeless person.


Second victim. Raymond Swann  also known as Raymond Astin.

Killed by Kenny Prior/Sellers. Swann tried to blackmail Kenny prior about his homeless brother.


Third Victim is Paul Baynard.

Killed by the Debonairs. They hit him with their car and knocked him off his motorbike. Thinking he was dead they threw him into the river. But he wasn’t and so drowned. I’m not sure if this would be murder or manslaughter.


Andrew Lewis, the first victim in the episode, Prelude.

A murder still waiting to be resolved and who killed him.


A body is found at Blenheim Vale.

Shot in the head. Max confirms it’s Landesman. Who killed him has still to be revealed.


Near the end of the episode another body has been found.

Endeavour believes it’s Brenda Lewis. She was shot. Who killed him has still to be revealed.


Kevin McNally as Kenny/Jolliphant.

Leo Staar as Richard, DI Chance.

Richard Hope as Ted, Sergeant Wilkins

Jake Kenny-Byrne as Frederick Mulcaster

Bill Skinner as Archibald Ormsby-Gore

Shaheen Khan as Librarian – Miss Hatch

Roger Allam as DCI Fred Thursday

Caroline O’Neill as Win Thursday

Shaun Evans as DS Endeavour Morse

Ayesha Antoine as Freya Baynard

Sean Rigby as DS Jim Strange

James Bradshaw as Dr. Max DeBryn

Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright

Jack Bannon as Sam Thursday

Michael Keane as David Astin

Paul Bazely as Mike Gatwood

Simon Harrison as Ronnie Box

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.

67 thoughts

  1. I quite enjoyed this episode. I watched it twice. I was wondering if the producer of the Jolly series was an homage to anyone ? Also, Kent Finn books are mentioned in Lazaretto.

  2. I too thought this was a bit of a let down episode after the much better than anything that series 7 or 8 had to offer episode.

    I assumed there was the reference to A Clockwork Orange, particulary since this was released in the UK early 1972 until it was withdrawn the following year.

    I’ll probably leave a fuller comment later after I’ve rewatched all of series 9.

    1. At “masterpiece.wgbh.org” on the Endeavour tab, there is a letter puzzle related to S9E2 and the answer is ” A Clockwork Orange”.

  3. Thanks for this very detailed commentary. In the pub when Dorothea and Endeavour are discussing the actor, I thought it might be an allusion to John Thaw who came from Manchester, went to RADA and changed his accent.

    1. Hello David. That allusion may well be true and good observation. I have added that info into my post.

  4. Thanks for the review, Chris.

    I thought the episode was good. Having sat through series 8, this series is a definite improvement, but not at the level of the early series.

    A couple of thoughts on the episode. I wondered whether Jolly for short was a reference to Morse being called Morose by wags in the 80s. Secondly I thought there was a difference between the Morse stop by Mark Strong where he was apologetic but following procedure and the malicious stop of Endeavour by two officers who seemed to enjoy taunting him and not following procedure.

    1. Hello Gareth. That is an interesting point regarding the use of Jolly as a reference to ‘morose.’ My connection regarding the stop was simply, being stopped by police and being breathalysed. But, yes overall my connection is tenuous. I have added your thoughts regarding ‘Jolly’ to my post.

  5. Chris, many thanks for your (as usual) in-depth research and commentary. Now here’s a connection so tenuous it’s not really a connection: in the joke shop window, an item of merchandise is a fake mouse. The word “MOUSE” is prominent. Inspector Mouse, perhaps? I will that info to my post.

    1. It is not tenuous and to my utter shame I never made the connection. I, honestly, looked at that in the shop window and because it was so prominent I knew it had to be a connection to something. But, damned if I could think what it was. Kudos to you maldemer, shame on me.

      1. When Laura Hobson first appears in The Way Through The Woods she has a piece of paper and says she’s looking for ‘Inspector…looks like Mouse’

  6. Thanks for your work Chris.
    A couple more shot references to Clockwork Orange. The Debonairs walk through an arch before they set upon the rough sleepers. This is strikingly similar to the scene in CO where Alex’s gang assault a drunken homeless man in an underpass. Later, they are seen and heard hooning off into the night along a country lane. This is reminisicient of one of the car scenes in CO where Alex’s gang disappear into the night in their stolen Durango 95, fleeing from their crimescenes.

  7. Thanks for this and your many posts.
    One note on locations: you are right that the police station exterior building is (in reality) home to an English faculty library. But perhaps more relevantly for Morse, that building is actually overwhelmingly taken up by classrooms and offices for the Oxford Law Faculty and for the Bodleian Law Library. A fitting fictional home for a police station?

    1. Hello Roger. Thank you for that extra information regarding the library. I have added that information to my post.

  8. Hi Chris

    Possibly relevant – David Ormsby-Gore was a prominent diplomat in the 1960s who inherited his father’s seat as Lord Harlech, and who went on to found HTV (Harlech TV).

    1. Hello John. Oh that is interesting, thank you. I have added your comment into my post.

    2. It’s amusing to think that this arrogant little twerp is, in some other universe, the brother of poor Alice and of lovely Jane, the Ormsby-Gore sisters who would have given those girls shacked up (in an earlier episode) with the Wildwoods a run for their money! (By the way, the father couldn’t have been in the Cabinet, as a lord.).

      1. He was in the Cabinet as an MP, before he inherited the title from his father (on his father’s death).

      2. Oh by all means, John. But said arrogant squit declared that lordly Pater is IN the Cabinet, I thought. Not that it matters, just a silly point on my part! One thing about the lot of them in that Debonair Club though..appalling manners, arrogant or not. Not a scrap of any noblesse oblige and all that!

      3. “By the way, the father couldn’t have been in the Cabinet, as a lord.”

        I believe one can serve in the cabinet as a member of the House of Lords. I recall Lord Adonis and Baroness Morgan both did

  9. Chris,

    I think the artist Baynard was based on Tom Adams who produced the covers for most of Agatha Christie’s Fontana paperback covers in the 1970’s; the typeface of the covers is similar as is the use of the artist’s own atefacts in the paintings.

    1. Yes indeed. I’ve many such paperbacks from that era, and those Kent Finns are very nicely reproduced ‘Fontanas’.

  10. I was a bit confused about Sam and his drug experiences. He’d not strike one as a typical speed snorter by any means, He’s spark out on the sofa at home for example, and generally pretty droopy all the time.

    The other thing that worried me was the poor artist’s bike. Wasn’t it recovered from the water /anywhere else in order to illustrate the prang by the red Stag?
    (Made a change to see a British bike that wasn’t a Triumph in such period drama, by the way. A Beezer!)

  11. I am a bit behind watching this series so I am sure all will become clear but who knocked on Endeavour’s door right at the end of this episode?

    1. That was former DS. Peter Jakes. He had been the sergeant in Endeavour from series 1, episode 1 (Girl), although he wasn’t in the pilot, until series 3, episode 2 (Arcadia), when he left the police force with his new wife, to start afresh in the USA. As the final episode of series 2 (Neverland) portrayed, in his childhood, he had been one of the boys horribly abused and beaten at Blenheim Vale, and during that time he was known as “Little Pete”. Furthermore, now Morse has discovered more criminal evidence there, namely two bodies, it appears this has brought Jakes back to Oxford. Perhaps in the hope of finally resolving this terrible chapter, once and for all.

  12. Anyone else notice that ‘The Debonairs’ are an act featured on the theatre poster in George Aldridge’s cell in ‘Neverland’…?

    1. I noticed that. I was about to take a photo of it on my screen and send it to Chris. The Debonairs are thus another link to Neverland.

    2. Not quite sure what the relevance of the link is though. Is Russell Lewis just joining dots and creating connections that are even too tenuous for me? Now that is saying something!

  13. The artist is called Baynard. Wasn’t there a character called Georgina Baynard in an earlier episode ?
    The return of Sam has been a real bonus this series. Such a contrast to the optimistic young man who left in S3, who in turn evolved into the fine young soldier we saw in Colours. He isn’t in too many scenes in this episode but steals most of them in my opinion.

  14. Playing over the opening sequence, where the Debonnaires are first seen, is Purcell’s Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, used to great effect in A Clockwork Orange.

  15. Watching FUGUE for the umpteenth time last night, I spotted a Kent Finn “Jolly” book in an early scene.

  16. Damn. I’ve been watching Endeavour reruns (the PBS/Masterpiece versions on Amazon Prime) this week, and I thought that I saw a Kent Finn “Jolly” novel in FUGUE, but I appear to be mistaken, because I was unable to locate any scene where a KF book turned up . Sorry about this, Chris, my eyes were playing silly buggers with me.

    1. Sheldon I think I saw this… I guess it would have to be that episode would it? Sorry I don’t want to keep you up all night going through all the other episodes too! Dx

      1. I mentioned the episodes we see Kent Finn books in my review.

  17. Thanks Chris. This episode is very pedestrian as you suggest, although I like the more gentle pace. I’m looking for clues in the dialogue throughout as it builds. Re RADA it’s not so much changing your accent (I was at Rose Bruford and not RADA though…) it’s more having the ability to speak in a less specific accent and therefore be more versatile. You would always keep your accent just not be restricted by it. You can see Sarah Vickers uses her Scots accent frequently. Dx

  18. Watching for the 2nd time where Morse is stopped by two police officers as he tries to get back from Blenheim Vale to see Joan at the Eagle And Child there is a quote from one of the officers off of Pink Floyd’s 1973 album Dark Side Of The Moon: “I mean, good manners don’t cost nothing…” It’s a quote from some questions they asked various people around the studios, including Paul and LInda McCartney. This was the response from a roadie called Roger The Hat I think, to the stock question “when was the last time you were violent towards someone”. Typical RL… He’s a wag isn’t he! Dx

  19. There was one classical piece of music in the episode, right at the beginning. It was is by Purcell and is from the music he wrote for the Funeral of Queen Mary. This was also used in A Clockwork Orange.

    This episode suffers due to the story arcs that are in Endeavour that weren’t there in Morse or Lewis. We all knew Morse was going to die in the last one, but they weren’t shot as a series, so were pretty standalone, and for Lewis I guess the only question was whether he was actually going to leave with Laura.

    However, for Endeavour there’d always been the Morse/Joan, would Fred survive, how was Russell going to end the series having resolved why Morse doesn’t mention Thursday, would the wedding take place between Strange and Joan. So add in the return of a previous storyline, there was little opportunity to have a proper storyline, let alone have 2 or 3 incidents that turn out to have coincidences that bring them together.

    I thought it was me the first time round that thought Kenneth Sellers gave in immediately when there was really no evidence, and having watched it tonight other than the name there was nothing else.

    For me the best scenes were with Sam; other cast members very under-used.

    I did wonder whether COVID was still having any filming restrictions, particularly involving extras. We see Castle Gate hardly with anyone in, and when Bright has said a uniformed officer has been found and I want someone on a charge sheet in 24 hours, I was expecting to see more uniformed officers at the disused factory. I don’t think we saw any, and whilst there was the link to the equivalent scene in Second Time Around, we didn’t really see any of that activity unlike in the Morse episode (albeit only for that one short scene).

  20. Considering the alliterative nature of the name i wonder if the TV character Jolyon Jolliphant is an allusion to the real life TV series/character Adam Adamant

  21. Watching through, there’s again a subtle music reference, beyond the Purcell piece. When we get the Clockwork Orange homage shot of the Debonairs in tails and toppers, the score pastiches Wendy Carlos’ “Timesteps,” a piece composed for the film.


    i did not think the episode was dull at all. For me, the problem is that there are enough plots and subplots for two episodes of Endeavour. All the plots and subplots were excellent but not as well explored as they could have been

    The Debonairs reminded me of those snotty rich-kid posh Coldwater public school losers in the Icarus episode after leaving The Coldwater School now attending Oxford University.

    Favorite subplots were “Ronnie Box Flees to Johannesburg” and “Jolly for Short”. Disclaimer: I am a huge Kevin McNally fan.

  23. My guess is tgat Jolly Joliphant refers to Mr. Justice Olly Oliphant from the “Rumpole of the Bailey” tv series. For Olly Oliphant was played by the actor James Grout, who also played DCS Jim Strange throughout tge “Inspector Morse” series.

  24. “Why is Endeavour the only person who finds clues?”

    Because Endeavour is the only police officer at Thames Valley Police not preoccupied with non-police matters.

  25. I was puzzled when Joan said to Sam something like “there may be a 99 in it” when she urged him to come out for a walk. Is it a UK expression? Thank you!

  26. Who played Hugh Sellers? It looked like Richard Wilson (One Foot in the Grave) but didn’t see much of him to get a good look.

  27. I believe that the character of Archibald Ormsby-Gore was based on Francis David Ormsby-Gore, 6th Baron Harlech (1954-2016). Francis David would have been 18 in 1972. His father, William David Ormsby-Gore, 5th Baron Harlech (20 May 1918 – 26 January 1985), was a Member of Parliament, member of the cabinet and the UK Ambassador to the US. Ormsby-Gore retired as ambassador in 1965, a year after his father died, and took his seat in the House of Lords as Lord Harlech

  28. A heads-up as to commas: dinner chez Thursday should have the comma after the s: Thursdays’. A couple of it’s (early on in the piece) are meant to be the possessive of it, so: deep-six the apostrophe. It’s (it is) is used correctly later on. And finally, the moustache of Evans (no apostrophe in sight) should be: Evans’s.
    Thanks for the Hardy poem, which this week in particular should be read by all and sundry

  29. While the Debonairs may have a Clockwork Orange connection, to me they are a thinly veiled copy of the Bullingdon Club at Oxford that counted David Cameron and Boris Johnson as members. The burnt £20 note by the homeless person is supposedly a Bullingdon initiation ritual.

    1. Hi Kenneth. I mention the Bullingdon Club and the burning of money in my new book on the Endeavour series.

  30. As far as the Debonairs confessing when interviewed, to me it was the same thing that always happens with bullies. They are brave when together but when alone they “fold like a cheap suit.”

  31. Just a thought, but Kenny Prior/Sellers may have confessed so readily because he thought the Debonair Ormsby-Gore dumping off the stolen car could identify him. He did say that being on TV meant everyone “knows his face”. Ormsby-Gore said under interrogation that he “saw the TV cop guy but he was leaving” (paraphrasing). Of course, I thought he saw the uniformed victim, but he really saw Prior/Sellers, a TV cop, drive off. The Old Soldier cigarettes tied him to the scene, as well, however tenuously.

    Of course I have some complaints about the plot line here. Hey, it’s me after all. Already mentioned above, but what’s with the two pieces of mask found at two different sites? Given the way it was broken, I am not sure it could even be worn again after the first break. Could have fallen out of a pocket, I guess. How painful was it to watch Morse try to make his rendezvous with Joan at the pub? As soon as they set up the rendezvous my wife said “Something’s gonna happen so that Morse can’t make it.” Enough already. And what’s with Prior/Sellers turning into a killing machine? Ok, I could see him letting his brother die, not helping him. He could be that bad. But breaking a bottle and cutting up his face and neck? Then he lures the young DI CHance to an abandoned factory and manages to throw him off an upper floor. Pretty good for an old man committing his first murder (presumably). And why didn’t DI Chance turn in his costume before leaving the filming site?

    Ok, all this said, I enjoyed this episode. I liked the slower pace. Good to see Jakes show up at the end, too.

  32. “Why would the Debonairs talk when being interviewed? They have high class lawyers who would most definitely make sure they said nothing during the interviews. Their rich, powerful parents would have had them out on bail very quickly.”

    I figured it was because the cops had them dead to rights. Didn’t the joke shop owner mention that the costumes they had returned were a mess–including bloodstains? Lots of physical evidence there–not to mention in the stolen car.

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