There’s great news for fans of Inspector Morse spin-off Endeavour because, following an “overwhelming response” to the recent one-off, the broadcaster commissioned a full new series!
Endeavour stars Shaun Evans who won critical acclaim for his portrayal of a young Morse, and he will of course be returning to film the four new feature length episodes which are being written by Lewis creator and Morse writer Russell Lewis.
Acclaimed stage and screen actor Roger Allam also returns as Endeavour’s senior partner, Detective Inspector Fred Thursday. Stage actor Sean Rigby is set to take on the role of a young PC Strange (James Grout) who first appeared in the original Morse series.
James Bradshaw also returns as Dr Max Debryn, and John Thaw’s daughter Abigail will be making further guest appearances as Dorothea Frazil. The new supporting cast will include Anton Lesser as Chief Supt Reginald Bright and Jack Laskey as DS Peter Jakes…
In their recent press release, ITV said, “Consolidated ratings for the first Endeavour film – which transmitted in January to mark the 25th anniversary of the very first episode of Morse – were 8.2m with an impressive audience share of 30%. This makes it the most popular single film on any channel in the last 5 years.”
Mammoth Screen will produce the four 120 minute episodes, which are currently being filmed on location in Oxford.
The new series will be produced by Dan McCulloch and executive produced by Mammoth Screen’s Joint Managing Directors, Michele Buck and Damien Timmer, whose recent credits for ITV include Monroe, Lewis and Marple.
Acclaimed novelist Colin Dexter, whose first Morse story was published in 1975, will act as consultant for the series.
As yet, no air date has been announced, but we will of course let you know the minute we do!
Here’s a reminder of the popular show…