Endeavour - Series 2 2014


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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 dazzingly complex cases, shaking the highest pillars of Oxford society as they go. A parade soured by 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.

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Product Details

  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 0 minutes
Genres Crime
Studio ITV DVD
Rental release 5 May 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 April 2014
Format: DVD
What I so love about 'Endeavour' is the fact that Shaun Evans is so one hundred percent the character that we saw John Thaw play. Because of this, watching these brilliant detective stories is truly like reading Thaw's Morse's biography. Evans has all of Morse's classic mannerisms worked out to a tee. From his love of classical music, his outbursts of frustration when dealing with those 'higher up' to his tendency to ' mentally live and breathe each case 24/7'.

In this second series we find out how Morse got his gammy leg and acquired that famous limp, we begin to learn (I suspect) the story behind why he never married, there is early evidence of his over-reliance upon drink and we get to see that even as a young man Morse was never a 'hell raiser' but always a man who loved quality, serenity and his beloved Jaguar...

Roger Allam is also also immense as Morse's boss, Fred Thursday. A traditional copper through and through, Thursday has Jack Frost's passion in pursuing a criminal and like Jack, if pushed into a tight corner, is prepared to take things into his own hands if needs be. What with other stellar performances from the rest of the cast, a brilliant attention to detail regarding the sets and the reflected attitudes/morals of the times, this second series of 'Endeavour' is a DVD to buy and enjoy many times over.

I'm not going to go into detail about each of the four episodes featured here suffice to say that all four are brilliant, original and thought provoking. Personally, I love how the series ends because to my mind it leaves things at a point where we just know there HAS to be a third series and on this evidence that is all that matters...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Hermeline on 12 May 2014
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This new season of 'Endeavour' keeps its promises, and more! Our favorite Oxfordian detective finds himself in a terrible situation after a series of events running throughout the four episodes.
After a long convalescence, Morse is thrown back into the world of murders, police corruption and politics, with the added shadow of a Freemasonry lodge. The young DC makes enemies during his inquests and some of them would stop at nothing to prevent the unearthing of dreadful secrets.. In 'Trove', Morse's dedication in finding a missing young woman leads to the arrest of a showbusiness manager with connections. In 'Nocturne', a seemingly haunted school for girls hides a killer with a century-old grudge. In 'Sway', Morse's intelligence is confronted to a strangler whose weapon of choice is women's silk stockings. And in 'Neverland', a former correctional facility for boys hides a terrible secret involving high-ranking policemen and property developers.
This show benefits from Russell Lewis' brilliant writing and from an excellent casting of actors. Shaun Evans is as endearing as ever in his portrayal of a traumatized but determined Morse, who finds romance with his beautiful next-door neighbor played by Shvorne Marks. Roger Allam is wonderful as DI Thursday, whose paternal feelings turn him into a protective lion whenener Morse is endangered. And the secondary characters are also excellent: PC Strange, torrn between his friendship with Morse and his ambitions; Dorothea Frazil, diligently providing our hero with information from the press; DS Jakes' overconfidence is shattered at the recollection of his childhood in the correctional facility; and Chief Superintendant Bright finally understands his 'friends' in spheres of influence actually consider him a fool.
This series ends with a major cliffhanger: how will Morse ever get out of the trap set by his enemies? Will DI Thursday survive the shoot-out?
The worst part is having to wait for another year to find out!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Joanna on 24 April 2014
Format: DVD
I'm not a massive fan of detective programmes but I always made an exception for Inspector Morse and now feel the same way about Endeavour. Superior writing and acting and of course the gorgeous backdrop of Oxford helps too. I love the Endeavour/Fred Thursday relationship and both Shaun and Roger are amazing in their roles. The rest of the cast are brilliant too and I love the fact that Abigail Thaw is involved and of course the little cameos from Colin help make the whole thing unique.

I thought Trove, Sway and Neverland were all excellent but in very different ways. I didn't like the Nocturne quite so much but still enjoyed it as it was filmed just a mile from my house and having the World Cup theme running through the episode was great.

Neverland was an amazing finale and I was on the edge of my seat for about the last 20 minutes and shouting NO at the TV probably along with 5 million others! I think the ending means that there will definitely be a series 3, surely they wouldn't leave it like that, would they? Endeavour locked up, Fred at death's door, Jakes on the brink of a breakdown and poor old Monica looking out the window waiting for her lovely man to come home! More of the same please ITV!!
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Sc Richards on 9 April 2014
Format: DVD
2 in and this gets better and better. The casting is the key and whoever gave Shaun Evans the green light deserves a lot of credit. Roger Allam is one of this countries most gifted actors and both deserve praise in their portrayals as a genuine "father son" type relationship. Evans Morse is shy, unsure, uneasy with female company but his detective skills cant be underrated. Evans plays Morse not as an impersonation but its understated (like John Thaw) and shows a vulnerability. Sometimes though there are glimpses of the Morse to come. With another series of Lewis even though we no longer have John Thaw im sure he would be very complementary on the legacy continuing and the quality (in both shows) shows no sign of diminishing. great locations and a real 60s feel to the series just adds to its quality.
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