Endeavour (2012– )
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Passenger 

The railway takes center stage as Endeavour investigates the disappearance of a local woman - with initial fears linking it to the unsolved murder of a teenager, killed several years earlier.

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Jim Field Smith

Writers:

Colin Dexter (characters), Russell Lewis (written and devised by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Scardifield Simon Scardifield ... Cedric Naughton
Shaun Evans ... DS Endeavour Morse
Sean Rigby ... DS Jim Strange
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd Jacob Fortune-Lloyd ... Don Mercer
Lydea Perkins Lydea Perkins ... Frances Porter
Siobhan O'Carroll Siobhan O'Carroll ... Matron
Judy Clifton Judy Clifton ... Lilian Conway
John Biggins John Biggins ... Burt Hobbs
Sara Vickers ... Joan Thursday
Caroline O'Neill ... Win Thursday
Roger Allam ... DCI Fred Thursday
Lewis Peek ... DC George Fancy
Edwin Thomas ... Noel Porter
Rosalie Craig Rosalie Craig ... Jilly Conway
Anton Lesser ... Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright
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Storyline

Whilst Thursday investigates a lorry hi-jack and the death of its driver Morse tries to solve the disappearance of married shop worker Frances Porter, discovering that he had just met with her lover Don Mercer. After her body is found at a disused railway halt there is a suggestion that her murder could be linked to an earlier, unsolved crime executed in the same way. When Frances's co-worker Anoushka is killed their employer Marty Bedlo comes under suspicion though Morse believes the killer may be somebody closer to home. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Morse goes to a hotel just outside Birmingham in Kings Oak called The Crossroads Motel. This was a soap series with one of the main characters being a cleaner Amy Turtle. The receptionist who shows Morse the room, that hadn't been cleaned, said she would have to have a word with "Mrs T" See more »

Goofs

Incorrectly attributed as a factual error, the shiny tracks Morse walks down do not belong to the disused train. The tracks with the out of use cars are overgrown and Morse never actually walks them. He walks the tracks, adjacent to the out of use ones, on which his train was traveling. See more »

Quotes

WPC Shirley Trewlove: Just so you know, I won't be diving in after you.
DC George Fancy: Don't tempt me.
WPC Shirley Trewlove: As bad as that?
DC George Fancy: Try sitting in a motor for half a day with two sarky charlies who'd sooner you weren't there and aren't too polite to let you know it. They treat me like I'm bloody invisible.
WPC Shirley Trewlove: [Scoffs] Imagine.
DC George Fancy: I guess you get that a bit being in uniform?
WPC Shirley Trewlove: Uniform, of course. I wondered what it was.
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Crazy Credits

The final credits clue is Parliamentary Trains, which is the fancy term for ghost trains. Ghost trains, like the one in the episode, are still run to keep certain lines from closing. It takes an act of Parliament to close a line. See more »

Connections

References Crossroads (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't You Hear Me Knocking
(uncredited)
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
House warming party
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The railway mysteries
19 February 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As said in my review for the entire show three years ago, 'Endeavour' is not just a more than worthy prequel series to one of my favourite detective dramas of all time and goes very well with it, but it is a great series on its own as well. It maintains everything that makes 'Inspector Morse' so good, while also containing enough to make it its own, and in my mind 'Inspector Morse', 'Lewis' and 'Endeavour' go perfectly well together.

The pilot was a very promising start if with an understandable finding its feet feel. Things got even better with the consistently outstanding first season, and the darker Season 2 was hardly inferior, with "Neverland" being an 'Endeavour' high point. Season 3 is considered by fans as nowhere near as good as previously. Will admit that it is not as good as Seasons 1 and 2, which had more believable stories and didn't try to do too much but count me in as someone who has still enjoyed the episodes and has found a lot to like, while finding "Coda" outstanding. Likewise with Season 4, with its weak point being the soap operatic Joan subplot in "Harvest".

Although so far Season 5 has impressed me, "Passenger" for me is the best of the three so far aired and has made me excited for what is to come. Would have liked a little more done with Cedric, but it was refreshing to have an episode that was very mystery focused while letting us get to know the characters too. It is agreed that "Passenger" did feel like it was building towards something, to tie up some of the ambiguities, and a dark one, which is part of why the rest of Season 5 is so highly anticipated now.

Really loved how Trewlove was written here and how she is growing as a character all the time. One that is a ray of sunshine, even when suffering the amount of grief she gets in "Passenger" one truly admires how she handles it, dignified and no-nonsense. Some great lines too, especially that genius anti-blasphemy burn from Thursday (need to remember that one for future use). Not to mention a more sympathetic side to Bright, especially seen in a powerful showdown scene that feels immensely satisfying (partly too that you hate the character who he's having it with).

The ending is extremely clever and very surprising, in a case where one finds themselves suspecting everybody with no exceptions (was even rooting for Box to be the killer at times, but that would have not made sense within the rest of the story) the reveal is not an expected one. The story is hugely compelling with lots of shocks, twists and turns and very little feeling too obvious or convoluted.

Nothing can be faulted with the production values. It is exquisitely filmed and the idyllic and atmospheric setting was a very nice change from Oxford. There is something very nostalgic and charming about the atmospherically evoked 1960s period detail. Similarly, as always, the music is hauntingly beautiful with the way it's utilised never in question, the iconic 'Inspector Morse' theme will forever be immortal and it has always been a genius move to use it for 'Endeavour'.

Writing, as has been said many times in my reviews for the previous 'Endeavour' episodes, is every bit as intelligent, entertaining and tense as the previous episodes and as the best of 'Morse'.

As ever, Morse and Thursday's relationship was always one of the show's major high points, it always entertained and warmed the heart and with each episode it gets more so on both counts, with some moving and tense moments too.

Shaun Evans as ever does some powerful, charismatic work as younger Morse, showing enough loyalty to John Thaw's iconic Morse while making the character his own too. Roger Allam is also superb, his rapport with Evans always compels and entertains but Thursday is quite a sympathetic character, as well as loyal and firm, and Allam does a lot special with a role that could have been less interesting possibly in lesser hands.

Anton Lesser really makes the most to this side of Bright and provides some of the episode's best acting. Dakota Blue Richards is like the brightest of sunshine rays. The supporting cast are all solid, with an obvious standout being the suitably smarmy Simon Harrison as Box.

Overall, great episode and classic 'Endeavour'. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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