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Endeavour

Season 1 Episode 4

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 05, 2013 on ITV
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A professor of Classics is killed in a hit-and-run incident, and a dispute over some College land may point to a motive for murder. DI Thursday is confounded when an old enemy, a gangster from London's East End, arrives in Oxford. Endeavour takes a break from studying for his sergeant's examination to visit his ailing father, but is soon pulled back to Oxford.

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  • Gangsters in Oxford.

    9.0
    The brief hints given in "Inspector Morse" about Morse's unhappy upbringing, the death of his mother, his awkward relationship with his father and his intense dislike of his stepmother are expanded on in this story, which rounds off the first "Endeavour" season. Writer Russell Lewis's absolute mania for allusiveness, already made clear in many episodes of "Lewis", is at work here, too - the London gangsters who fetch up in Oxford are said to be connected with "Sid and Gerald Fletcher", who never appear in the episode but are said to be kings of the metropolitan underworld, in the manner of the real-life Kray twins. Filmgoers with long memories will recall that Sid and Gerald are Michael Caine's two sinister bosses in the 1971 movie "Get Carter", where they are played by Terence Rigby and John Bindon. It all gets a bit out of hand when we realise that the Rachmaninov music playing in the background whilst Mrs. Coke-Norris vamps her late husband's friend is the same as used in "Brief Encounter" - an easy laugh, perhaps, but a cheap one. However, in every other respect, this is a solidly interesting and well-made episode, concluding, as we all rather thought it would, with the oafish Strange getting promoted over Morse - the first step in his becoming the Superintendent whom James Grout played so memorably in "Inspector Morse" - and even explaining the limp John Thaw sometimes had in the earlier show.moreless
Kelly Adams

Kelly Adams

Cynthia Riley

Guest Star

Sonya Cassidy

Sonya Cassidy

Joyce Morse

Guest Star

Jamie Glover

Jamie Glover

Dr. Ian Kern

Guest Star

Anton Lesser

Anton Lesser

Chief Superintendent Bright

Recurring Role

Jack Laskey

Jack Laskey

DS Peter Jakes

Recurring Role

Sean Rigby

Sean Rigby

PC Jim Strange

Recurring Role

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