REVIEW Endeavour (S8 E3/3)

The ominous title Terminus suggest that things are coming to an end for Endeavour – but can this one episode tie up all the loose ends and mark the transition to Inspector Morse? After the farcical events of series seven, all histrionics and implausibility, this season has marked a reasonable return to form. True, there seems to have been a…

REVIEW Endeavour (S8 E2/3)

Red hot sex! Gratuitous nudity! Smutty innuendo! Not what you would expect in a typical episode of Endeavour, but that’s what we’re promised in Scherzo, as Morse’s investigation of the death of a taxi driver takes him to a nudist camp and the fleshpots of Soho.  Scherzo – a musical term meaning a vigorous, light or playful composition,…

REVIEW: Endeavour (S7 E2/3)

Now that we’re approaching the era of the first Inspector Morse dramas, there are a lot of loose ends to be tied up – not the least of which is why Morse never spoke about Fred Thursday. A huge falling out is clearly on the cards – will this involve Endeavour’s doomed love affair with…

REVIEW: Endeavour (S7 E1/3)

After the revelations of police corruption and the inevitable violent fallout at the end of the last series, DS Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) is enjoying a well-earned break in Venice – surely the centre of his cultural universe. DCI Fred Thursday (Roger Allam) and wife Win seem reconciled, though Fred’s beginning to feel his age,…

REVIEW: Endeavour (S6 E4/4)

In Degüello, it’s 1969, (still), and the face of Oxford is changing – Cllr. Clive Burkitt’s building schemes are raising (shoddy) tower blocks in Martyrs’ Field, and we’re in for a torrid tale of corruption in government, business and the police. Meanwhile, Bright’s wife is dying of cancer, Fred’s agonising over taking bungs from Box,…

REVIEW: Endeavour (S6 E3/4)

Between the shotgun killing of a sweet factory girl and the execution of her boss, it’s all murder and mayhem in the picture-postcard village of Chigton, and it’s going to take more than PC McGarry No 452 to sort it out. While this episode is clearly going to be stuffed with references to children’s stop-motion…

REVIEW: Endeavour (S6 E1/4)

It’s all change for young Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) as we reach 1969. Led Zeppelin is on the radio, Bright is in Traffic, and Strange is in admin – but what of Morse and Thursday? Posted to Woodstock and transferred to uniform, estranged from Fred Thursday and daughter Joanie, Morse has grown a moustache in…

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

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE 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?

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

After 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…

Review: Endeavour (S4 E3/4), Sunday 22nd January, ITV

The previous two episodes of this so far excellent fourth series of Endeavour showed two distinct stories: the first a dark serial killer whodunit; the second, also a whodunit but one wrapped up in the winds of social change and the oncoming wave of the so-called permissive society. Now the third, titled Lazaretto, focuses in…

Review: Endeavour (S4 E2/4), Sunday 15th January, ITV

After last week’s excellent (and dark) start to the series, I had no idea where Endeavour was going to go next. And that’s one of the beauties of something like Endeavour – each story is different, and the tone can sometimes be different, too. As long as Morse and Thursday are, well, Morse and Thursday,…