Endeavour: Connections to Morse and Lewis, Part 1.Pilot Episode.

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This is the first of thirteen posts (there being thirteen episodes of Endeavour) on the connections, people, places etc, between the Endeavour series and both the Morse and Lewis series.

I had first intended to make one large post about all thirteen episodes and their connections with Morse and Lewis but soon realised that not only would that be a huge undertaking for me (having to watch all 26 hours of Endeavour over a few days being one of the huge undertakings) but also a big undertaking for you the reader.

So, as we can see I have decided to break it down into manageable chunks, i.e. a post per episode.

So, I hope you all enjoy and that you find something of interest in the post. If there is anything that I have missed then please let me know and I will add it to the post.

I suppose the first connection to be mentioned should be the writer, Russell Lewis who wrote and devised the Endeavour series.

He has also written the following Lewis episodes;

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’.

CHARACTERS

Let’s start with the characters who connect Endeavour with the Morse and Lewis series.

First we have the character of Max de Bryn the pathologist. The character of Max has appeared in all 13 episodes of Endeavour and appeared in seven episodes of Morse;

The Dead of Jericho (6 January 1987) For my review of this episode click here.
The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (13 January 1987) For my review of this episode click here.
Service of All the Dead (20 January 1987) For my review of this episode click here.
The Wolvercote Tongue (25 December 1987) For my review of this episode click here.
Last Seen Wearing (8 March 1988) For my review of this episode click here.
The Settling of the Sun (15 March 1988) For my review of this episode click here.
Last Bus to Woodstock (22 March 1988) For my review of this episode click here.

In the Endeavour series he is played by James Bradshaw (born on March 20, 1976) and the original Morse series he was played by indomitable Peter Woodthorpe (Born: September 25, 1931 – Died: August 12, 2004)

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Peter Woodthorpe as Max in Morse

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James Bradshaw as Max in Endeavour

Our final character to appear is Alexander Reece. This character first appeared in the Morse episode ‘The Last Enemy’ (first aired in 11th January 1989) For my review of this episode click here. Alexander Reece was played by Barry Foster (Born: August 21, 1927 –  Died: February 11, 2002) in the Morse episode. In the Endeavour series he was played by Christopher Brandon (Born: March 3, 1981).

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Christopher Brandon as Alexander Reece in Endeavour.

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Barry Foster as Alexander Reece in the Morse episode, ‘The Last Enemy’.

Another character does appear in both the Endeavour pilot and the original Morse series the great love of Morse’s life and the woman who all other woman were compared against is Wendy/Susan. In Colin Dexter’s novel ‘The Riddle of the Third Mile’ (Originally published: October 27, 1983 and filmed under the title of ‘The Last Enemy’ for the Morse series) she is known as Wendy Spencer (this is what Alexander Reece calls her in Endeavour. Endeavour corrects him by saying that she preferred to be known as Susan, as she is called in the Morse episode, ‘Dead on Time’ (first aired 26th February 1992). In the Morse episode her full name is Susan Fallon. Wendy/Susan only appears in a daydream of Endeavours but it is never stated but only implied that she is Wendy/Susan. Fans of Morse will know who she is but those new to the world of Morse will be none the wiser.

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Wendy/Susan as seen in the Endeavour episode when Endeavour is daydreaming after moving into his new abode. The actress is unknown.

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Susan Fallon as played by Joanna David (born on January 17, 1947) in the Morse episode ‘Dead on Time’.

Actors who appeared in the Endeavour Pilot Episode and/or Morse or Lewis.

Firstly, of course, we have the brilliant Roger Allam (Born: October 26, 1953) who plays DI Fred Thurday. Roger appeared in the Inspector Morse episode ‘Death is now my Neighbour’ (first aired on the 19th November 1997) as Denis Cornford.

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Roger Allam as Denis Cornford in ‘Death is now my Neighbour’.

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Roger Allam as DI Fred Thursday in the Endeavour series.

Next we have the actor who appears in the Endeavour pilot episode and also in Lewis, Danny Webb (Born: June 6, 1958). Danny Webb has the distinction of not only appearing the pilot episode of Endeavour but also the pilot episode of the Lewis series (29th january 2006). In the Endeavour series he plays the disagreeable DS Arthur Lott. In the Lewis pilot episode he played Tom Pollock.

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Danny Webb as DS Arthur Lott in Endeavour.

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Danny Webb as Tom Pollock in the Lewis pilot episode

The excellent Patrick Malahide plays the nasty, slimy Richard Lovell. Patrick also appeared in the Morse episode ‘Driven to Distraction’ (first aired in 17th January 1990. My review for that episode can be found by clicking here.) again playing a rather nasty character Jeremy Boynton.

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Patrick Malahide as Jeremy Boynton

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Patrick Malahide as Richard Lovell.

Penultimately, is the handsome Richard Lintern who played Dr. Rowan Stromming in the Endeavour post while in the Lewis episode he played Sefton Linn in ‘Whom the Gods would Destroy, (Series 1, Episode 1).

A big thank you to Patricia Clegg who pointed out my omission. How I missed this I don’t know. Senior moment I think. 🙂

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Richard Lintern as Dr. Rowan Stromming in the Endeavour pilot.

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Richard Lintern as Sefton Linn in the Lewis episode, ‘Whom the Gods would Destroy’.

Lastly, is John Light who played Dempsey in this episode and Felix Garwood in the Lewis episode, ‘The Lions of Nemea’ (Series 8, Episode 2).

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John Light as Dempsey in Endeavour pilot episode.

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John Light as Felix Garwood in the Lewis episode, ‘The Lions of Nemea’ (Series 8, Episode 2).

A big thank you to one of my readers for spotting this. Thanks Nan, well spotted.

MUSIC

Music of course played a big part in the Morse and Lewis series and Endeavour is no different. But in the Endeavour series much of the music is a connection to the Morse and Lewis series.

Let’s start with the music playing while the police officers and Morse are being transported from Carshall New Town to Oxford. The music being played is from Faure’s Requiem, ‘In Paradisum’ which was used when Morse collapses to the ground in the episode ‘The Remorseful Day’.

A woman who turns up in many episodes of Morse and the pilot episode of Endeavour is one Janis Kelly. Who is she? She is the wondeful opera singer who not only sings many of the soprano pieces used in many of the Morse, Lewis and Endeavour series but also provides the voice for those actors playing singers.

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Janis Kelly

The Glasgow born actor and singer is the voice of Rosalind Stromming in the Endeavour episode. She is the voice in Endeavour singing from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, ‘Un bel de’ (One Beautiful Day).

In the Endeavour episode she is also the soprano voice at 27m42s singing ‘Signora, Ascolta’ from Puccini’s Turandot. (This piece can be found on the CD Inspector Morse Volume 2 also sung by Janis Kelly and used in the Morse episode ‘The Death of the Self’ first aired 25th march 1992. Yes guys, THAT episode 😉 ).

Also from the Endeavour episode the soprano is Janis Kelly singing ‘Terzettino ‘Soave Sia Il Vento’ by Mozart. (This piece can be found on the CD Inspector Morse Volume 2 also sung by Janis and used in the Morse Episode ‘Happy Families’ first aired 11th march 1992)

Janis Kelly’s voice is also heard in the following episodes of Morse:

  • ‘The Day of the Devil’ first aired 13th January 1993. She was the soprano voice singing ‘Adieu Notre Petite Table’ from Manon by Jules Massenet. This piece can be found on the CD Inspector Morse Volume 3).
  • ‘The Death of the Self’ first aired 25th March 1992. Janis is the voice of Francis Barber’s character Nicole Burgess.
  • ‘Cherubim and Seraphim’ first aired 15th April 1992. Janis is the soprano singing ‘Che Faro Senza Eurydice’ by Von Gluck. This piece can be found on the CD Inspector Morse Volume 2.
  • ‘Absolute Conviction’ first aired on the 8th April 1992. Janis sings ‘Mitradi Quell’ Alma Ingrata by Mozart. This piece can be found on the CD Inspector Morse Volume 2.
  • ‘Masonic Mysteries’ first aired on the 24th January 1990. Janis sings ‘Bei Mannern’ – Welche Liebe Fuhlen’ by Mozart from The Magic Flute. This piece can be found on the CD Inspector Morse Volume 3.
  • ‘Promised Land’ first aired on the 27th march 1991. Janis sings ‘Hab’mir’s Gelobt’ from Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. This piece can be found on the CD Inspector Morse Volume 3.
  • ‘Fat Chance’ first aired on the 27th February 1991. Janis sings ‘Laudate Dominum’ from Verperae Solennes de Confessore K339 by Mozart. This piece can be found on the CD Inspector Morse Volume 1.
  • ‘Second Time Around’ first aired 20th February 1991. Janis Kelly sings ‘Senza Mamma’ from Suor Angelica by Puccini. This piece can be found on the CD Inspector Morse Volume 1.
  • On a very personal note I used the above piece of beautiful music for a short film I made simply showing the beautiful sights of the city of Edinburgh.

MISCELLANEOUS

Colin Dexter appears briefly at 36m18s sitting on a bench.

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The famous Morse jag makes several appearances in the Endeavour pilot episode on Edward Samuels garage forecourt.

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A connection with the older Morse is his drinking especially real beers. In the Endeavour episode he is teetotal and is introduced to beer by Fred Thursday. However, I believe this is a mistake on the part of the writer Russell Lewis as I believe that Morse was a drinker while at Lonsdale. My reason for believing this is tied to the Morse episode ‘Deceived by Flight’ first aired 18th Jabuary 1989. In that episode Morse relates to Lewis that he knew the character Roland Marshall (at 25m00s) while at college and then Roland Marshall later in the episode mentions that ‘Pagan’ Morse, as he calls him, was a drinker back then (at 20m40s) and Roland didn’t know him as a Policeman. Below are the two clips from ‘Deceived by Flight’ that I am referring to. What do you think?

(Postscript: It has been pointed out to me, quite rightly, that in the episode ‘Home’ there is a conversation between Morse and  Joyce that proves that he was drinking at college but had abstained from alcohol a short time after leaving college.

In ‘Home’ when Endeavour goes with Joyce to a pub and has a pint there’s a brief snatch of conversation that supports this:
Joyce says “I thought you’d taken the pledge.”
Endeavour – “Fell amongst thieves.”
J – “Comes with the job, I suppose.”
E – “Probably.”

Thanks to Rob Herod from the Facebook page, Endeavour: The Inspector Morse Appreciation Society for the above paragraph).

Another connection and a rather poignant one is Abigail Thaw, John’s daughter, appearing as Dorothea Frazil. Her and the young Morse have a very emotive, at least for the audience if not Abigail herself, dialogue when they first meet at the offices of the Oxford Mail:

Dorothea: “What did you say your name was?”

Endeavour: “Morse. Why?”.

Dorothea: “Have we meet?”

Endeavour: “I don’t think so”.

Dorothea: “Another life then”.

Before I finish this post there are many other rather tenuous links to the Morse series. But they are links of a sort and I thought I would add them anyway and let you decide how tenuous they are. The reason I say tenuous that it is possible the writer put them in as links and a nod to the Morse series but with Oxford and its surrounding areas being relatively small the Endeavour series was and is bound to mention locations used in the Morse series. For example, the bus that appears near the beginning of the episode has Woodstock marked as its destination. A connection to the Morse episode,’Last Bus to Woodstock’.? The character Miles Percival in the Endeavour pilot lived in Jericho, a reference to the first Morse episode, ‘The Dead of Jericho’? Tenuous? You decide.

Well I hope you enjoyed my latest post.

 

 

 

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39 comments

  1. My personal theory is that, after Susan left him, Morse sank into drinking and depression. After he dropped out of college, he weaned himself off of it, and had succeeded completely by the time he ran into Thursday. This would square with Joyce’s surprise in Home when she notices Morse drinking: “I thought you’d taken the pledge.”

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  2. I love all three series but I don’t catch the details like you do. I forget to look for Colin Dexter, too. I always mean to but I get interested in the story. You do a great job. Thank you!

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    • Hi Beth and thank you for you’re kind comment. As for ‘catching the details’ that only happens because I watch each episode about four times. 😉

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  3. Great research – thanks. One thing to note is that whoever guards the Morse/Endeavour/Lewis canon does it with great care and it’s great to see; names and indeed characters span all 3 series, and while the average viewer will miss them all, those who love all 3 won’t.

    I loved the reference to ‘Pagan’ in the recent Endeavour series, for example. I missed totally the Alexander Reece point, I have to say. It might be very interesting to see historic cases referred to by Morse picked up on: The Way Through the Woods and Second Time Around both have quite a back story that could be conceivably be picked up by ‘Endeavour’, and I’m sure they’re others.

    Thanks for your work here – it’s appreciated!

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    • Thank you John for your kind comment. I think you make a great point about historic cases in particular the Morse episode, ‘Second Time Around’. The murder of Mary Lapsley in that episode happened 18 years before the events of the ‘Second Time Around’ episode so that would put that murder at about 1972 as the the Morse episode was filmed in 1990 and aired in 1991. That could very well be something the writer of the Endeavour series will cover as series three was set in 1967.

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  4. Oh¡ Well what can I say?? You have done an remarkable job, almost if it were for a PHD’s Oxford Literature Thesis; ja ja ja, but seriously; remarkable, outstanding, with such many details. I agree with you about Endeavour/beer relationship; it must have come early; and of course if you read Mr. Dexter’s novels, Morse is an smoker also; so perhaps Hathaway carácter…????
    Well, for healthy meanings, It’s fine for me to watch Endeavour/Morse/Lewis as non smoker; Me is one of them either¡¡¡ Congrats¡¡¡

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    • Thanks Maria for your lovely comments. I’m glad they didn’t make John Thaw’s character a smoker. Not because i’m a non-smoker myself but I just don’t believe the TV incarnation of Morse would have suited being a smoker. As for Hathaway, I do believe smoking suited his character as he was more of a rebel fighting against his past life as a theology student.

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  5. Thanks Chris, I really enjoy these posts. I just caught the Lewis episode “Whom the Gods would Destroy” and spotted Richard Lintern playing a character named Sefton Linn. Richard played Dr Rowan Stromming in the Endeavour pilot episode.

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    • Hi and thank you for the lovely comment. And a big thank you for pointing out my omission. I have updated the post with Richard’s information. Don’t know how I missed out Richard.

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  6. I just saw another actor connection. Dempsey in the Endeavour pilot looked very familiar so I went to IMDB and the actor, John Light plays Felix Garwood in the Lewis episode The Lions of Nemea.

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  7. Chris: Yesterday afternoon I watched again Pilot Episode First Season Endeavour and for my surprise; there I found several scenes that were not included in the original reléase to TV. One of them it is when Endeavour goes to say goog bye to Mrs Sttrooming, ( after his dissapointment with his role as a police) there she asks him if she had been in love ever, and Endeavoir give her the full explanation about what happened to this girl he loved so much and whom was engaged to get married; sadly this secen was cut oof when they reléase the episode to the viewers, so I’ll try to catch it from my DVD PBS MasterPiece Full UK and send it you ,if you do not have it, so we can share with the rest of Morse/Endedavour/Lewis Fans.¡¡¡
    Greetings

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      • Yeahhh I know . Chris I’ve tried to catch the scenes from my DVD, I’m not an experte sadly, but if it is not available; I can write you the dialogues…I may atach you the scene at your e mail, I’ve tried here but it is not possible to up load a photo… let me think what to do…

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  8. Regarding opera in _Endeavour_, there’s a pernickety anachronism. By the third episode of Series 1 (‘Rocket’), we are in the year 1965 (a murder took place twelve years earlier, on Coronation Day 1953), but in the second episode of the same series (‘Fugue’) we see Morse reading from the booklet of an LP of the Decca recording of Delibes’ _Lakmé_ which was made in 1967 and released in 1968 (was it difficult to trace a copy of the 1952 Decca recording?). Abagaille’s aria from Verdi’s _Nabucco_ in ‘Girl’ isn’t acknowledged in the final credits: anyone know if it (like the extract from the Mozart Mass identified in the credits) is sung by Sarah-Jane Brandon?

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    • Thanks for this blog! I think the ‘First bus to Woodstock’ component is rather more concrete than tenuous in the first Endeavour episode.

      ‘The Last bus to Woodstock’ was Colin Dexter’s first Morse novel, and its plot points reflect the Endeavour episode fairly extensively, As much if not more than the Morse episode of the same name. Thursday quotes ‘The first bus’ at around 57 minutes and Shaun Evans was given a signed first edition copy of the novel as a present on his first day of filming. ‘First bus to Woodstock’ was probably the working title of the
      episode.

      I’m pretty sure that Colin Dexter’s love of anagrams and word reflections was alluded too: .

      From ‘The Way Through the Woods’ By Colin Dexter:

      I refer to A. E. Housman. How else do we explain line 3 of the printed verses (‘Dry the azured skylit water’)? Let me quote Norman Marlow in his critical commentary, A. E. Housman, page 145: Two of the most beautiful lines in Housman’s work are surely these:
      And like a skylit water stood
      The bluebells in the azured wood.
      Here again is a reflection in water, and this time the magic effect is produced by repeating the syllable “like” inside the word “skylit” but inverted as a reflection in water is inverted…..”

      The Way Through the Woods was Russell Lewis’ first screenplay and he must have read the source novel fairly closely in adapting it.

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  9. Just found blog and I am enjoying very much. One thing about Endeavour pilot (apologies if written in a post I haven’t read yet) — when Danny Webb’s Sgt. is assigning rooms to the rookies off the bus, the names are mostly producers, writers & directors from Morse.

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    • Hi Joe and welcome to my blog and thank you for your kind comment. Well spotted regarding the names. Russell Lewis the writer of Endeavour loves to place references of the people who work on the series throughout the show in one way or another.

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  10. Thank you so much for this blog! I’m a huge fan of all the series , I am delighted reading all you have written! You have done a remarkable job,well done indeed!

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  11. Nice summary Chris. I watched this brilliant opener again today and noticed that Fred’s Jag had a sunroof. I did some research and sunroifs were rare for Hagd and I wondered your thoughts. A bit ostentatious for Fred? Or perhaps it was ” for the missus”!

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