With series 3 of Endeavour just around the corner as part of PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery! series this summer, ITV has confirmed that the series will go into production in late Spring 2016 and return for a fourth series. While this is welcome news for UK fans Endeavour Morse as ITV transmitted series 3 last month, it is brilliant news to American fans of the Detective Constable who have yet to be able to see series 3 as of yet, which is set to premiere this summer on PBS.
PBS viewers might recall that, at the end of series 2, Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) was last seen isolated and alone languishing in prison, falsely accused and framed for the murder of Chief Constable Rupert Standish. Endeavour had unearthed corruption and missing police evidence at the very heart of the Oxford CID but his investigation had taken a rather bizarre twist.
And let’s not forget Endeavour’s senior officer, DI Fred Thursday (Roger Allam), whose life was hanging in the balance after being shot in the chest. For series 3, it’s March 1967, and Morse is, understandably, disillusioned. He begins to ponder his future after spending time in prison. Disillusionment quickly gets kicked to the curb as Morse is drawn back to duty when there is a murder at a local funfair.
The prequel to Inspector Morse, Endeavour will return to ITV and PBS for a fourth series. Set in 1967, the new films will go into production in late Spring 2016 with a very tentative definite early 2017 broadcast transmission.
Having come together on screen for the first time in January 2012 in the one-off single film which marked the 25th anniversary of Inspector Morse, both Evans and Roger Allam will return for series 4 with scripts, once again, written by Russell Lewis, who also wrote for Inspector Morse and created Endeavour. Colin Dexter, whose first Morse story was published in 1975, continues his association with the drama, acting as a consultant to Endeavour producers.
Look for the 3rd series of Endeavour this Summer on PBS with series 4 just around the corner.