ITV commissions third series of Endeavour

Shaun Evans to reprise his role in ‘Morse’ prequel

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ITV has commissioned a third series of popular crime drama, Endeavour starring Shaun Evans (The Last Weekend; Silk) as the young Detective Constable Endeavour Morse.

The four new films from Mammoth Screen will once again be written by Lewis creator and Inspector Morse writer, Russell Lewis and will be set in 1967, picking up from the dramatic second series finale that saw Endeavour Morse placed in police custody, framed for a murder he didn’t commit, and DI Fred Thursday’s (Roger Allam) life hanging in the balance after being shot in the chest.

Whether Thursday will survive – and what impact the fall-out from this will have upon Morse and his colleagues –  remains to be seen. All the pieces are up in the air. Where they will land is anybody’s guess..

Russell Lewis said: “Endeavour ’67… Pepper – Piper – Purple Haze… As ‘Oxford’s finest’ encounter friends and foes both old and new, our next quartet of mysteries will take the audience on a psychedelic Summer of Love fairground ride, filled with twists and turns, shrieks and scares. For something wicked this way comes…”

“I’m really excited to be revisiting the ’60’s as young Morse,” added Shaun Evans. “The audience reaction to Endeavour has been fantastic and this series promises to be the best we’ve made so far. It’ll be well worth the wait!”

Acclaimed Morse novelist Colin Dexter, will continue to act as a consultant on the series.

Endeavour will once again be filmed in Oxford.