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Complete Series Two


Starring: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, Anton Lesser, Jack Laskey, Sean Rigby, James Bradshaw and Abigail Thaw
Distributor: ITV Studios Global Entertainment
RRP: £19.99
Certificate: 12
Release Date: 05 May 2014

Shaun Evans returns to duty at Oxford City Police as Colin Dexter's cerebral Endeavour Morse, with four new gripping murder mysteries set amidst the turning tides of 1960s Britain. His partnership with DI Fred Thursday (Roger Allam) now firmly cemented, the two men must band together to crack this fresh quartet of dazzlingly complex cases, shaking the pillars of Oxford society from top to bottom. A parade soured by a suspected suicide, a girls' school haunted by memories past, a strangler stalking the foggy autumn twilight and conspiratorial whisperings in the corridors of power. Endeavour must risk all if he is to bring those responsible to justice, and escape with brain and body intact...

Endeavour: Complete Series Two contains all 4, 90 min, episodes from the show's second series, which were originally broadcast on ITV between 30 March and 20 April 2014.

As with the first series, we are once again transported back to Oxford in the '60s to see a young Morse solving crimes and forming friendship in and out of the police force.

The episodes include:

Trove: Morse returns from sick leave and his superiors are concerned he might not be quite ready to return to active duty. It's a pretty busy time in the city, as he is responsible for investigating a suspicious suicide, a missing girl, and the theft of a trove. When Morse is convinced that these three very different crimes are linked, he falls foul of both Inspector Thursday and Superintendent Bright.

Nocturne: A group of schoolgirls are the only potential witnesses to a murder in a museum. Morse's investigation takes a supernatural turn when the schoolgirls also seem to be haunted by the ghost of a young girl who died in the mansion that now acts as their boarding school.

Sway: Morse looks into the latest death of what appears to be the work of a serial killer. The victims are all women who are married, each being strangled with a silk stocking and their wedding rings missing from the crime scene. The investigation leads the team to a large department store, which seems to be the only outlet that stocks the killer's expense brand of silk stocking. Thursday also gets a visit from a ghost from his past; a woman whom he had an affair with during the war; a woman he saw killed.

Neverland: An escaped convict and a journalist are both found dead in separate incidents. Morse believes there's a link between the two and a disused correctional facility known as Blenheim Vale. Blenheim Vale is to be redeveloped as the new police headquarters, but when the relatives of one of the boys who mysteriously vanished are discovered digging in the grounds. They believe the missing boy is buried on the site. Morse must uncover what went on at Blenheim Vale and why the police seem more than keen to keep the secrets of the past well and truly buried.

I couldn't help but draw parallels between this and the BBC's Sherlock TV series. Although, to my mind, Endeavour is a far superior production.

Extras include Creating Endeavour: The Next Chapter of Colin Dexter's Legacy (10 min, 23 sec with interviews from cast, crew and Colin Dexter); and Spires, Ashtrays, Quads and Pastels: Shooting Endeavour’s Oxford (12 min, 36 sec a look at filming in Oxford).

This is a beautifully shot, and intelligently written series. For Inspector Morse fans, this is an essential purchase.


Darren Rea

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