Endeavour: Pilot (2012)

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It's 1965, and a 15-year-old Oxford schoolgirl, last seen waiting alone in the rain at a bus stop on early Sunday morning, has disappeared and is presumed dead. The hunt for Mary Tremlett draws rookie Detective Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans), the conflicted young detective on the verge of resignation, back to the university he'd suddenly left only a few years before. Stuck between town and gown, he is patronized by his arrogant old rival, now ascending the ivory tower, and scorned by a DS contemptuous of the "college boy." Only the former opera diva Rosalind Stromming, wife of an Oxford tutor with a murky connection to the missing girl, can offer him solace as he tries to navigate a hostile supervisor, the ghosts of his past, and a mystery that deepens with another tragic death. Discredited and at a dead-end, the solitary and cerebral Endeavour drives his first Jaguar, drinks his first pint and, to the sublime strains of opera, fights for the truth as he forges the identity that will someday become Inspector Morse. -- (C) PBS

Critic Reviews for Endeavour Pilot

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (6)

Wrapping in Morse's passion for opera and crossword puzzles, Endeavour is most interesting for the light it sheds on the character development of young Morse.

Jun 10, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Although Morse is the star of the show, using his crossword-solving powers to crack the case, he is, in effect, the sidekick for once.

Oct 29, 2018 | Full Review…
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It is a suitably complicated and pictorially engaging work of period suburban mystery.

Jun 10, 2014 | Full Review…

You don't have to be familiar with the Inspector Morse series in order to enjoy Endeavour. But the experience will be many times richer if you do recognize this new film as a prequel to the old show.

Jun 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Whether the Endeavor pilot, which drew an impressive 8.2 million viewers in Britain, will delight the die-hard Inspector Morse fan is questionable.

Jun 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Endeavour is wonderfully entertaining on its own, but what puts it over the top is its loving respect for John Thaw. In that regard, it is a just tribute to a great and beloved actor.

Jun 10, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A treat for the faithful.

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Audience Reviews for Endeavour: Pilot

  • Mar 27, 2016
    This series is a worthy beginning for the juggernaut that became the Inspector Morse franchise. Shaun Evans is brilliant as young Endeavour, as is Roger Allam as Inspector Thursday. It is my hope that this series runs fully as long as the original did. ????????
  • Jul 05, 2015
    I'm an old fan of the Morse series, and thus approached this prequel with some trepidation, but this turned out to be gold. Well written script with some really good scenes - especially the one at the end where they mixed the apprehending of the murderer while singing soulful opera with her subsequent suicide, great acting by both Allam and Evans and a really good recreation of the 1960s. Oh, and some love sent to John Thaw in the final scene. Great stuff!

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