Muse

Series 5 - Episode 1 Muse

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Review

It’s 1968 and life has moved on for Endeavour Morse and the old Oxford City Police. He’s a sergeant now, and a member of the newly formed Thames Valley constabulary.

He’s also changed. Maybe his new responsibilities are biting – he’s less hesitant, more brittle and brusque, and quicker to judge. A bit like the curmudgeonly Morse we later came to know.

In a satisfying, ultimately rather poignant two-hour opening episode, written by stalwart Russell Lewis, Morse and the peerless Fred Thursday (Shaun Evans and Roger Allam, a fine partnership) investigate a series of increasingly baroque murders. As ever, they come into contact with bitchy academics and snooty dons, and a Bullingdon-type “dining club”, as the body count rises.

There’s a new constable, too, a lairy lad called Fancy who calls women “crumpet” and foolishly tries to chat up WPC Trewlove.

Summary

The newly promoted Detective Sergeant Morse investigates when a famous international thief tries to steal a Faberge egg from an auction. The case leads to the gruesome murders of an academic and a gangster, and Morse is convinced the deaths are the work of the same man. As he struggles with his new responsibilities, he finds himself forced to mentor a younger partner (played by Poldark's Lewis Peek).

Cast & Crew

DS Endeavour Morse Shaun Evans
DCI Fred Thursday Roger Allam
Chief Supt Reginald Bright Anton Lesser
Dr Max DeBryn James Bradshaw
DS Jim Strange Sean Rigby
WPC Shirley Trewlove Dakota Blue Richards
DC George Fancy Lewis Peek
Dorothea Frazil Abigail Thaw
Ruth Astor Antonia Clarke
Dr Tancred Howlett Samuel Crane
Simon Lake Tom Durant-Pritchard
Eve Thorpe Charlotte Hope
Adrian Croxley David Newman
Win Thursday Caroline O'Neill
Joan Thursday Sara Vickers
Gerard Pickman Tom Wisdom
Cassie Pickman Nathalie Buscombe
Eddie Nero Mark Arden
Master Robin McCallum
Joey Sikes Victor Gardener
Dr Robin Grey Roger Barclay
Spencer Bell Rhys Isaac-Jones
Jasmine Grenouille Tanya Fear
Lucy Grey Emily Barber
Paula Ellis Cassie Clare
Lefty Townsend Geoffrey McGivern
Mrs Greville Hazel Ellerby
Ron Piven Harry Gostelow
Director Brady Hood
Executive Producer Tom Mullens
Executive Producer Damien Timmer
Executive Producer Russell Lewis
Producer John Phillips
Writer Russell Lewis
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