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Series 4 - Episode 2
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Grinning young female dancers are performing a colourful routine in plastic macs and umbrellas to a chirpy pop number on the lawn of an Oxford college.
Meanwhile protesters, led by a Mary Whitehouse type figure, Mrs Joy Pettybon, are denouncing the goings-on as degenerate filth.
Morse (Shaun Evans) is bemused, particularly by the music, the product of top pop group the Wildwood.
But his thoughts are distracted by the discovery of a body in a pub loading bay, a young labourer who, it turns out, has links to the band.
Soon Morse is drawn into a shady world of acid trips, tuning in and dropping out. It’s a very leisurely tale with smatterings of jittery mysticism, though boss Fred Thursday (Roger Allam) has the measure of the young pop stars: “They are a rum lot and no mistake.”
The leader of a censorship campaign comes to Oxford on a speaking tour, and Morse is charged with protecting her in light of a series of death threats. A bricklayer working on a controversial pop singer's house is later found dead, and when a second killing occurs, a connection emerges to the speaker's movement, plunging Morse into the middle of a conflict over the nature of British culture.
Cast & Crew
DC Endeavour Morse
DI Fred Thursday
Chief Supt Reginald Bright
Dr Max DeBryn
DS Jim Strange
WPC Shirley Trewlove
Dakota Blue Richards
Rev Mervyn Golightly
Sylvestra Le Touzel
Lee `Stix' Noble
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