Endeavour returning to ITV for fourth series

Shaun Evans returning in popular drama

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ITV has commissioned a fourth series of popular detective drama, Endeavour starring Shaun Evans (War Book, The Scandalous Lady W).

A prequel to the long-running Inspector Morse series, Endeavour series four will continue to be set in 1967, with Evans one again reprising his role as the young Morse. Acclaimed stage and screen actor Roger Allam (The Lady in the Van, Parade’s End) will also return as Endeavour‘s senior officer, Detective Inspector Fred Thursday.

Endeavour is produced by Mammoth Screen (Poldark, And Then There Were None), with scripts once again written by Russell Lewis (Inspector Morse and created of Endeavour) who will executive produce the drama alongside MD of Mammoth Screen, Damien Timmer. Morse creator Colin Dexter, will continue to act as a consultant.

Russell Lewis, said: “#TeamEndeavour looks forward to welcoming you back to Cowley Police Station early next year – when we reopen the 1960s casebook of Detective Constable Endeavour Morse and unravel a set of brand new murder mysteries.”

Damien Timmer, added: “It’s a privilege to revisit Oxford in 1967 to savour Russell Lewis’ impeccably crafted and multi-layered scripts and enjoy the dream team partnership of Shaun Evans and Roger Allam as DC Morse and DI Thursday. The series is enjoyed by fans the world over and this next chapter of the Endeavour Morse story will keep viewers everywhere on the edge of their seats!”

Series 3, which began airing on ITV this January, delivered a consolidated average rating of 6.3 million viewers, with the episode ‘Arcadia’ – which featured the debut of new recruit WPC Shirley Trewlove (Dakota Blue Richards) – had a consolidated rating of 6.7m.

Endeavour series 4 will go into production on location in Oxford in late Spring 2016.