Endeavour

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Before Inspector Morse, there was the rookie Constable Morse, fed up with police work and ready to nip his career in the bud by handing in his resignation.
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Paul VenablesShaun EvansLouise Dylan
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Drama
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English
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]

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  1. 1. Girl
    July 8, 2013
    1 h 28 min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    From PBS and Masterpiece: Learn if Morse's future on the force is in jeopardy.
  2. 2. Fugue
    July 15, 2013
    1 h 28 min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    From PBS and Masterpiece: See how Morse's love of opera may be the key to stopping a string of killings.
  3. 3. Rocket
    July 22, 2013
    1 h 28 min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    From PBS and Masterpiece: Follow Morse as he delves into the murky past of a family that owns a munitions factory.
  4. 4. Home
    July 29, 2013
    1 h 32 min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    From PBS and Masterpiece: See why Morse must choose between his job responsibilities and loyalty to his mentor.

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Jay DeeReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsThe young Morse is just as intriguing as the older
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I have to admit, the story lines are not what kept me watching the original Morse or now, Endeavour. The magical ambience that is woven around the classic British countryside and its great edifices, accompanied by the thrilling musical scores, create an atmosphere of escape. It is truly like stepping into another world for a time, alas, a world that does not exist, as I found on my trip to England this year. The acting is superb, of course, and the characters beautifully developed. Shaun Evans and John Thaw also share one compelling characteristic, that indefinable "charisma." Both men were born with it in abundance. The older Morse shone out of his crotchety character. No personality fault or self-pity party of his role could dampen his irresistible attractiveness. And now the young Endeavour is just as attractive and intriguing. The cause the seems to be a combination of intelligence, superior acting, and well, that indefinable something that separates the two Morses from duller men like Kevin Whateley. Now, I always thought Whately did a very fine job in his role as Morse's sidekick. He is a pretty good actor himself. But, no fault of his own (it's just an accident of birth), his person (and his series) are a definite second to both the young Morse and older Morse series. I cried when Morse and then John Thaw died. I felt foolish but I did cry. And I expect to become just as attached to Shaun Evans.
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FrancescaReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent writing, Outstanding Acting and polished production. Don't miss it
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Absolutely first class entertainment whether you measure by TV or Film standards. Such a pleasure to watch a series where the writing is excellent, the acting is outstanding and the production spot on.

I do remember watching some of the original Morse with John Thaw and they were wonderful but if anything, I think I might even prefer Endeavour. Shaun Evans is quite brilliant as the young Morse (yes, I agree he doesn't really look like a young John Thaw, but it doesn't matter) and Roger Allam.. well he's one of the most accomplished and outstanding Shakespearean actors on the British stage today and his performance in this is, as one would expect, the same.

I have to comment that this, as with most British TV detective shows is far more authentic than the gun toting, cgi ridden, flash flash flash of the American cop shows where it seems the police rely on guns and forensic evidence and not much on their wits. I'm sure that in the US, where I live, real detectives rely on their wits more than is ever shown on cop shows. Authenticity is so much more appreciated, at least by me, than action just for the sake of it.

I just finished watching "Fugue". the second episode and it was compelling, fantastic entertainment. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series and am so glad it's here to watch. Don't miss it if you enjoy British shows or just excellent film and theatre.
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Marilyn GReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsBoxing a Trifecta
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Endeavor is a must see. I love the concept of “the man before the man.” However, you don’t need to be a devotee of Inspector Morse or Inspector Lewis to be captivated by Endeavor. Shaun Evans is masterful as Morse. (I love learning how Morse earned his limp.) Roger Allam as DI Thursday is exceptional. Anton Lesser's Chief Superintendent Bright is brilliant. Endeavor must do Colin Dexter (original novels) proud. Although publicly stating he would not appear in Endeavor as he did in Inspector Morse and Inspector Lewis, there is at least one “Dexter Spotting.” Also I have to give a nod to the absolutely beautiful cars. Morse's (John Thaw’s) 1960 burgundy Jaguar Mk II is very much his signature in the original series. Very appropriately DI Thursday has a 1959 black Jaguar Mk I. Also there are appearances by an Alvis TD21, a Hillman Minx, several Rover saloons, among many others. Endeavor is a magnificent series.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsLOVE Endeavour. To me
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I hesitate a little bit to admit this but...I'm not the biggest fan of Sherlock. There. It's out! I did, however, LOVE Endeavour. To me, it is everything that Sherlock should have been. Personally, I find Sherlock to be all smoke and games and incredibly predictable. Several of these episodes had me guessing until the very end and even those that didn't weren't so obnoxious as Sherlock often is. It is extremely well cast and acted, has a pleasant soundtrack, and seems to be very true-to-the-times.

Warning - Even though it is better than Sherlock, there are still a few scenes/scenarios that are completely preposterous. The most egregious of these scenes is, unfortunately, a season-ending so I won't spoil it for you here but just be warned. :) Also, there is some language, sex references, etc. that might not be appropriate for younger viewers so make sure to preview before sharing with your family. :)
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J. MarriottReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent Endeavour!
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The ABC's of Endeavour are, on one end, young Morse's idealism and his mind, with, in the middle, Thursday's ability to allow that idealism while also allowing Morse to run with his brilliance (because Thursday is a Renaissance man at heart). On the other end, the entitled pretentiousness and priggishness of Bright provides teeth-grinding tension. What the ABC's don't tell you is that this series is exquisitely filmed, written, and acted. The music, whether from the original score or from the operas Morse so loves, is beautiful, and in some episodes actually defines the crime(s), especially in Fugue, the second episode. Probably sacrilege, but I've never watched the original Inspector Morse, and given how deep the production values and stories are in Endeavour, I might not ever watch them, for fear of being let down. While Shaun Evans is superb as Morse, the man to watch, imho, is Roger Allam as Thursday. He perfectly shows us the subtle mockery and disdain he feels toward Bright, he's as smart as Morse, he's the consummate gentleman, and not to put too fine a point on it, he's a serious badass. I have to give accolades also to Sean Rigby, who plays Jim Strange, a police constable who becomes Morse's unlikely friend, and is superb in his dedication to Morse. All in all, a wonderful series, I think anyone who appreciates the amazing talent coming out of the U.K. these days will thoroughly enjoy it. It's an excellent entry in Masterpiece's stable of superlatives.
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D. EckhartReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsFun if you're an Inspector Morse fan, perhaps slow if you're not familiar with Morse
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I watched these streaming via the web application, though I saw them for the first time on PBS television. I had no technical troubles watching them streaming and I really liked the x-ray function of the web app that would show you a list of actors that were on the screen if you moused over it.

The Endeavor series is the prequel to the Inspector Morse series and is made with that in mind. Much of what happens is to show how the psyche of Inspector Morse, as seen in the famous series that bears his name, is molded early in his career. Many claim it is too slow. It'd say the pacing is similar to the Inspector Morse series, but slower than Inspector Lewis (which is something of a sequel). In my opinion, since it is a prequel made after the Inspector series, I would watch that one first to gain more appreciation for what this is about. Endeavor can be viewed alone, but be prepared for long sequences of over literary cynicism and intellectual elitism that I assume are the stereotype of Oxford mixed in with the class politics that one usually finds in British shows (the Police Superintendent, Bright, is the main representative of class politics in this one).

As mentioned, a lot of the show is to establish the starting point of the Inspector Morse series (which is when he much older), especially episode 4 of season 1.

I enjoyed it, but I can see how some were not impressed. It's best approached after watching and enjoying the Inspector Morse series. If these are too slow, I'd advise skipping to Inspector Lewis' series. It's faster paced and in the same story sequence.
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J. C. LiuReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2015
4.0 out of 5 starsStellar cast, magnificent production values, disappointing plotting
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I haven't seen the Inspector Morse series, so I can't compare this preboot series to the cherished original. I'm a classical music fan, so I certainly appreciate the richness of the score, even a plot that hinges on knowledge of several operatic plots. I like the series, but I'm disappointed by it at the same time. The casting is phenomenal -- special kudos here to Shaun Evans as the mysterious Endeavour Morse, and Roger Allam as the hard-boiled D.I. Thursday who proves to have brains, guts, and heart under that hard shell exterior. The production values are terrific, gorgeously and cleverly produced. It's the plotting that bothers me. The final twists and turns in each episode are melodramatic, nonsensical, leave wide open gaping holes at every turn, and ultimately rob you of the satisfaction of perfect plotting like a good faithful adaptation of Conan Doyle or John le Carré. So, like Sherlock, eminently watchable, terrific casting with chemistry that makes it worth watching for 80 minutes, but frustrating on a logical level in those last 10 minutes.
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Fiona CatReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2013
5.0 out of 5 starsAs Good a Morse Prequel as Can Be Imagined
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This DVD contains the Pilot episode as well as Season One which has 4 episodes. This series is incredibly good. I can hardly wait to see more of the development of the man who became the sometimes curmudgeonly, often wrong-footed and always admirable Morse of the original series. The team that is working on this really know their "Morse" and "Lewis" series and seem to delight in connecting all the elements of the original Colin Dexter novels. Everything about the series speaks of a labor of love. It returns to the start of Morse's career which viewers have seen in the "Inspector Morse" series and the continuation of the series with the more recent "Lewis" series which follows the later career of Morse's much put-upon Sgt. Lewis on his return to Oxford.

Morse is still known by his first name "Endeavour," a virtue name given by his Quaker mother and his father, who was a fan of Captain James Cook whose ship was the HMS Endeavour, or by his nickname of Pagan given him during his student days at Oxford. He has returned to Oxford in 1965 as a Detective Constable to help investigate the case of a missing schoolgirl in the pilot. DI Thursday ( superb deep-voiced actor Roger Allam) recognizes Morse is a detective not a policeman and keeps him on and becomes his mentor. Another young constable named Strange is recognizable to Morse fans and a nicely done touch.

All three series, of course, really star the beautiful, but not so perfect, city of Oxford and its unique place in British life.

I suggest the episode "Fugue" is one of the best stories and dramas I remember seeing. For me it was a 3-hankie event and evoked os much in both the original series which I was also watching at the time. All the episodes are well-written and well-acted. Where has Shaun Evans been all this time? (Well, you can find him in "Whitechapel" Season 3.1, 3.2 for one.)

This is a DVD I have already watched several times. It is a classic in my view.
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