PBS' Endeavor looks at early days of Inspector Morse


There are things in the world of film and television that defy logic. Jennifer Garner as a young Miss Marple…still don’t get it. I’ve never fully recovered from seeing Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire.

Even though there’s no denying the brilliance of John Thaw as Inspector Morse, I’m getting better now and am actually looking forward to a particular upcoming ITV produced one-off that will air in the U.S. on PBS’ Masterpiece series in 2012. Endeavor, is not just a re-make of the classic John Thaw Inspector Morse series.

While I usually cringe at the thought of programs that feature a classic character in their early years, the intriguing part of the equation here is that fans of the Colin Dexter creation will be able to understand the origins of the detective well-known for his love of crosswords, classical music, real ale and classic cars.

Shaun Evans will star as the young Endeavour Morse which will be written by Russell Lewis, creator of Inspector Lewis, Kavanagh QC and Cadfael, and writer of Inspector Morse, Spooks and Murphy’s Law.

Set in 1965, the story follows the hunt for a missing schoolgirl which draws Endeavour Morse back to the place which will ultimately shape and define his destiny – Oxford. Endeavor will mark the 25th anniversary of the first episode of Inspector Morse, which transmitted back in 1987. There were 33 Inspector Morse films made over the next 13 years. More to come…hopefully.

  • Ritaittaway

    Even better than morse. Shaun Evans was great you could almost hear his brain working.Can we have more of Mr Evans

  • NanciU

    Loved it

  • NanciU

    Loved it

  • Tlcip273

    Wonderful, fantastic more please

  • Tlcip273

    Wonderful, fantastic more please

  • Hhhhollander

    Outstanding, it felt that “MORSE” was back again.

  • Hhhhollander

    Outstanding, it felt that “MORSE” was back again.

  • Stan

    I could not stand the arrogance and overbearingness of Inspector Morse.  Traits which he passed on to the current Inspector Lewis.

  • Stan

    I could not stand the arrogance and overbearingness of Inspector Morse.  Traits which he passed on to the current Inspector Lewis.

  • Karen

    Oh dear, I guess I’m in the minority here, I found Shaun Evans very dull and uninspiring as Morse. The idea of a younger Morse is brilliant – I just am so very disappointed in the actor portraying him. No way is this better than Morse . . . 

  • Karen

    Oh dear, I guess I’m in the minority here, I found Shaun Evans very dull and uninspiring as Morse. The idea of a younger Morse is brilliant – I just am so very disappointed in the actor portraying him. No way is this better than Morse . . . 

  • Stephanie Jenkins5151

    Really liked it. Hope there will be more.

  • Stephanie Jenkins5151

    Really liked it. Hope there will be more.

  • kathy Super

    This was beyond excellent, I enjoyed it so much, I am so excited to see that there will be additional Inspector Morse mysteries. I totally didn’t figure this one out before the end.

  • kathy Super

    This was beyond excellent, I enjoyed it so much, I am so excited to see that there will be additional Inspector Morse mysteries. I totally didn’t figure this one out before the end.