Series 4 - Episode 3 Lazaretto



This is a stand-out episode from series four, first shown in 2017. It's a good example of the way the drama has a way of conjuring up a melancholic mood that hovers over its stories like low cloud.

The mournful air in this case is helped by its slightly grim hospital setting, as Morse and co investigate a cluster of suspicious deaths at Cowley General – all in the same bed on the same ward, and for some reason accompanied by white flowers.

However, Morse is more occupied with dwelling on the love he lost when he was a student – and with his own (perceived) underachievement. When he talks to one of the nurses, she agrees that nursing is a calling. “And policing, what’s that?” she asks him. He replies sadly, “A failing.”


Morse is assigned to protect an informant who is undergoing emergency surgery. The case brings back unpleasant memories for the detective, while his colleagues are thrown into disarray when Bright is also rushed to hospital. Morse becomes fixated with a series of mysterious deaths that have occurred on the ward, and tries to find the scientific explanation behind stories of a curse.

Cast & Crew

DC Endeavour Morse Shaun Evans
DI 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
Student nurse Daisy Bennett Celine Buckens
Dr Dean Powell John Hopkins
Monica Hicks Shvorne Marks
Sister Clodagh MacMahon Amy Marston
Terence Bakewell Alex McSweeney
Caroline Bryce-Morgan Phoebe Nicholls
Win Thursday Caroline O'Neill
Joan Thursday Sara Vickers
Staff nurse Jo-Beth Mills Sarah Winter
Sir Merlyn Chubb David Yelland
Burt Talbot Glen Davies
Lester Fagen Robert Wilfort
Lyle Capper Morgan Jones
Nurse Flora Byron Ciara Charteris
Dr Malcolm Kane Edward MacLiam
Donna Zacharides Claire Lichie
Gilbert Sisley Mark Phoenix
Murray Booth Sion Alun Davies
Ray Morton Matthew Walker
Director Börkur Sigþórsson
Executive Producer Russell Lewis
Executive Producer Tom Mullens
Executive Producer Damien Timmer
Producer Helen Ziegler
Writer Russell Lewis
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