Review: Endeavour (S5 E3/6), Sunday 18th February, ITV

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When a boutique assistant, Frances Porter, disappears after a night of passion, Morse is happy to let Fancy take the case – but it soon proves to be beyond him. Passenger is all about the railways (Auden’s The Night Mail gets quoted), so there’ll be plenty of opportunities for trainspotters to complain about the trains having the wrong number of bogies, or the ticket inspector wearing the wrong hat for the region. We won’t be indulging.  Continue reading

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Review: Endeavour (S5 E2/6), Sunday 11th February, ITV

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In Cartouche, horror comes to Oxford when a film company shooting a creature feature in the town is beset my mysterious murders. Will Morse untangle the terror, or will he fall victim to the curse of the mummy? Continue reading

Review: Endeavour (S5 E1/6), Sunday 4th February, ITV

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Not only lauded but also honoured (with the George Medal) at the end of the last series, E. Morse is now a fixture in the new Thames Valley constabulary – but as we move into the late 60s, what political shenanigans and social revolutions will now complicate the detective’s cosy murder investigations? Continue reading

ITV confirms Endeavour series five transmission date

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Oh, we do love a bit of Endeavour here at The Killing Times. The Morse spin-off has, over series, managed to establish its own identity while still maintaining that quintessential Morseness. Shaun Evans has been great as the young Morse, while Roger Allam has been stupendous. We’ve known for a while that series five is just around the corner, and now we know when it’ll start. Continue reading

Filming starts on series five of Endeavour

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We’ve all seen how difficult it is to get prequels right – well hello Prime Suspect 1973 – but Endeavour, and specifically this year’s series four of Endeavour, often got things very right. It had that right mix of lore (in this case Morse lore), comfortable English bucolia and decent storylines and character progressions. So it’s good news that ITV said yesterday that filming has now begun on the fifth series. Continue reading

Review: Endeavour (S4 E4/4), Sunday 29th January, ITV

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endeavour_2017After having just watched the first five episodes of the thought-provoking, raw and hard-going Case, coming back to Endeavour was like settling back into a favourite armchair with a glass of red and shuffling your feet into a pair of fleece-lined slippers. That’s not to say that Endeavour is meagre or weak, but this Morse prequel does have a comforting quality to it, which, in these troubled times, is most welcome. Alas, it was time for the final episode of the series, a series I’ve enjoyed greatly. Continue reading