PBS edits 10-15 minutes out of each episode that they show on "Masterpiece Mystery." I am hesitant to purchase any version of "Endeavour Series 1" that does not say 'Original UK Edition' on the front of the DVD. Beware! You sure don't want to buy the edited versions! These programs are so fabulous, there isn't a single gratuitous instant in them that isn't required to fully understand the story. Caveat emptor!
i watched all of the Inspector Morse episodes and also read the novels. little was i expecting that he would be resurrected for uk tv as a much younger man, at the start of his career. and i certainly wasn't expecting to like it as much or more than the original series! but indeed i do. this is absolutely first rate in every single episode. shaun evans is wonderful as morse.
a smart decision they made was to make his mentor, detective Thursday, every bit as fascinating as Morse. this part is played by one of my very favorite actors from THE THICK OF IT, roger allam. allam played peter on that show and his deadpan humor was priceless. they couldn't have picked a better actor for Morse's mentor. i enjoy Thursday much more than i ever enjoyed lewis as morse's partner.
much like the uk show GEORGE GENTLY, this show also benefits by being set back in time, the sixties i believe.
each mystery is very complex and morse brings to it all of his erudite abilities, which are wholly lacking by the rest of the force. no one lacks this ability more than the chief of the station, a man solely interested in the tried and true of old time police work.
if you have not watched this show yet and you are a fan of UK mysteries, you really need to start watching it now.
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I love this Endeavour series. This Series 1 includes the Pilot episode. There are five episodes on this release: the Pilot episode, Girl, Fugue, Rocket and Home.
The box cover says that it is the full UK-length edition. English subtitles are included.
We learn a little bit about Morse's personal life in this series. The newspaper reporter, Dorothea Frazil, is played by Abigail Thaw, who is John Thaw's real life daughter. John Thaw, of course, was the original Morse. Great series. Shaun Evans is fun to watch. Looking forward to many more episodes.
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.
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.