Endeavour 5.2: Lowering the Hammer Horror!

  DATELINE: At the Movies

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If this episode of Endeavour sounds a bit like Agatha Christie’s The Mirror Cracked, with Miss Marple, you are on the Hollywood money. A movie crew has come to Oxford to film a cheap horror flick.

Mayhem on the movie set is to be expected.

Think Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing, and you have a horror movie film star named Emil Valdemar (David Sumpter channeling Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee), making a sequel to his cursed Mummy movie coming to the old revival house, The Roxy at Oxford, to be honored and do a bit of publicity.

Then, the killings begin.

Cleverly interposing two stories, the murder story and personal life of Fred Thursday (Roger Allam), we find the lot of a police detective work crosses paths with movie-making egos.

The “Cartouche” centers on a missing Egyptian scarab   and a visiting museum archaeologist from Cairo. Another plot crossover is the growing racist hatred of Muslim immigrants at Oxford. The chief constable derides those who want to make “Britain great again.”

The World War II generation, still in charge of the world in 1968, must come to grips with its own war-time post traumas.

Mummy curses just add to the burden with the usual gaggle of suspects and red herrings.

The World War II generation, still in charge of the world in 1968, must come to grips with its own war-time post traumas.

Mummy curses just add to the burden with the usual gaggle of suspects and red herrings.

Effectively using a glorious old movie house as the scenes of the crime, the episode uses its regulars effectively– coroner Dr. Max DeBryn (James Bradshaw) and DS Strange (Sean Rigby) and the Chief (Anton Lesser).

The usually antisocial Endeavour (Shaun Evans) must come to grips with a future without a family—and what end it may mean.

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