Endeavour (2012– )
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A photo-shoot on an army base turns sinister when one of the models is found dead. But the investigation is complicated when Sam Thursday is revealed to be involved.


Robert Quinn


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Shaun Evans ... DS Endeavour Morse
Roger Allam ... DCI Fred Thursday
Caroline O'Neill ... Win Thursday
Jules Robertson ... Debating Society President
Caroline Goodall ... Lady Bayswater
Marcus Griffiths Marcus Griffiths ... Marcus X
Claire Ganaye Claire Ganaye ... Claudine
Ray Sesay Ray Sesay ... Pte. Oswald
Lee Armstrong Lee Armstrong ... Pte. Collier
Ian Pirie ... Lt. Col. Mad Jack McDuff
William Scott-Masson ... Col. Champion
Robert Portal ... Maj. Coward
Bert Seymour Bert Seymour ... 2nd Lt. Rupert Carmichael
Greg Austin ... Kit Hutchens
Rebecca Saire ... Hazel Radowicz


After a fashion shoot at an army base where Thursday's son Sam is stationed model Jean Ward is murdered, clutching a cap badge, apparently belonging to Private Oswald, who, as a black man, was Jean's type, according to her estranged stepmother, Lady Bayswater, a former Nazi sympathizer. Jean had flirted with Oswald and Sam and was once engaged to visiting military historian Rex Laidlaw. Believing Oswald was framed Morse does some private sleuthing and gets attacked by Colonel McDuff, a former war hero, now an unpredictable drunk. Following a second murder Morse suspects that one of the officers had a link to Jean's past but discovers that 'the army looks after its own' before cracking the case. Written by don @ minifie-1

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At the end of the episode, Roger Allam recites the start of a poem, 'Naming of Parts', by Henry Reed (1942). See more »


The military historian Dr. Laidlaw pronounces the word "debouche" in the French manner ("de-boosh") whereas an English historian would be likely to anglicize the pronunciation as "de-bowch"; he also refers to the battle of Cannae as "c'NIGH", emphasizing the second syllable, when it should be "CAN-nigh". See more »


DS Jim Strange: [to Farridge, after the latter has been asked a long-winded question by Morse about his "personal and professional relationship" with the dead girl] What DS Morse is asking is: were you knocking her off?
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The final credits clue is Sir Henry Newbolt, whose poem "vitai lampada" is received by Colonel McDuff late in the episode. See more »


References Casablanca (1942) See more »


Comment Te Dire Adieu
Performed by Françoise Hardy
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Murder on an Army base
2 March 2018 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

While racial tensions are still high in Oxford with a debate on repatriating non-natives and a protest outside a hairdressers with a 'no-coloureds' policy the main story follows the investigation into the murder of a model during a photoshoot on a military base. There is a greater than usual sense of urgency as the troops are due to deploy to a base in West Germany in two days. Early evidence points to Private Oswald, whose cap badge was found near the body and whose blood-stained beret was thrown into a minefield. Morse is doubtful though and starts to dig deeper. It turns out that the model was part of the Mudford family and her step mother was a Nazi sympathiser who still has racist views. As the investigation continues more suspects emerge; these include a Colonel who is clearly affected by what happened to him during the Korean War; a historian who was involved with the victim ten years previously and was on the base working on a history of the regiment; and even DCI Thursday's son who is in the regiment and found the body.

This was another impressive instalment in this enjoyable series. Early on I feared the racial aspects of the story may have been dealt with in an overly heavy handed way but needn't have worried. Plenty of detective series have featured murders on army bases and most involve the military trying to obstruct the police activities; refreshingly there was no such problem here. The suspects are nicely varied and when the killer is ultimately revealed it is neither no obvious nor a total surprise. There are some good exciting moments including a police officer accidentally entering a minefield and Morse being attacked by the traumatised colonel. As expected the acting is solid throughout. Overall another impressive episode that manages to deal with '60s politics and provide an interesting mystery.

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