While it was 25 years ago that Inspector Morse hit the telly in the UK, it was just over a year ago that PBS Mystery series fans of Inspector Morse were treated to Endeavour, a prequel to the long-running television adaptation of the Inspector Morse novels by Colin Dexter. Endeavour starred Shaun Evans, who you will also see in Silk beginning in September on PBS, as the police detective in the early throws of his career. Interestingly, Abigail Thaw, daughter of John Thaw, who brilliantly played Inspector Morse, plays the part of Dorothea Frazil in the scene at the Oxford Mail local newspaper.
Set in 1965, the series one-off centered around the early career of Endeavour Morse who, after leaving his Oxford college without taking a degree, spent a short time in the Royal Corps of Signals, and then joined the police.
Based on the strong audience response to the pilot, Christmas will be coming early on both sides of the pond as four new films written by Lewis creator and Morse writer Russell Lewis have been filmed with the first premiering next Sunday (14 April) at 8:00p on ITV1. The series will have its U.S. premiere on PBS’ Masterpiece series beginning July 7 t 8:00p CT/9:00p ET. Also returning will be Roger Allam (The Jury, Parade’s End, The Thick of It) as Endeavour’s senior partner, Detective Inspector Fred Thursday.
ITV Studios has just released the first trailer from the four-feature length films showcasing the talents of Mark Davis and Barnaby Robson. Episode 1, “Girl” will air next Sunday on ITV1 and premiere July 7 on PBS in the States. Set. DVR. Now.
What do you think? Are you ready for some Endeavour?