ITV Orders Full Endeavour Series

Inspector Morse prequel will return in May.

13 Mar 2012
by Steve O'Brien


Endeavour Morse

Following on from its one-shot screening back in January, ITV have announced they've commissioned a full four-part series of the Inspector Morse prequel, Endeavor. Shaun Evan will return as the eponymous Endeavour Morse in four, two-hour episodes. Joining him from the pilot will be Roger Allam as senior partner Inspector Fred Thursday, and James Bradshaw as Dr Max Debryn. John Thaw's daughter, meanwhile, will make further guest appearances as local newspaper editor Dorothea Frazil.


Commissioning a series was a no-brainer for ITV. The one-off attracted 8.2 million viewrs and an audience share of 30%. "It was fantastic that the audience responded so warmly to Endeavour," said Sally Haynes of ITV drama commissioning. "Shaun's portrayal of a legendary character was captivating and Endeavour thoroughly deserves a series – there's so much more we can do with the character."


Endeavour will be produced by Dan McCulloch and executive produced by Mammoth Screen's joint managing directors, Michele Buck and Damien Timmer.


"We're delighted to be making a series of Endeavour and have been overwhelmed by the reaction to the first film," said McCulloch. "Russell Lewis has some bold plans to further enrich the mythology of Morse, introducing some significant new characters, and re-establishing some old favourites, all of whom are destined to have a massive impact on the future inspector's life."


Morse creator, Colin Dextor, will act as consultant for the series, ITV also confirmed. "It's important to us that Colin is across every aspect of Endeavour," said Buck. "We value and respect his contribution enormously," she added. "We've been delighted by the success of the one-off film and look forward to revealing more about the legendary detective," she added.


Endeavour will be screened on ITV1 in May.


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