Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour to return for fourth series

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Roger Allam as DI Fred Thursday and Shaun Evans as Endeavour.

Shaun Evans is to return in Endeavour for a fourth series after confirmation the successful detective drama prequel to Inspector Morse, will begin filming in Oxford this Spring.

Scripts will once again be written by Russell Lewis, who also wrote for Inspector Morse and created Endeavour.

Acclaimed stage and screen actor Roger Allam (The Lady in the Van, Mr Holmes, Parade’s End) will return as Endeavour’s senior officer, Detective Inspector Fred Thursday alongside Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright, Sean Rigby as PC Jim Strange, James Bradshaw as Doctor Max deBryn, Caroline O’Neil as Win Thursday, Dakota Blue Richards as WPC Shirley Trewlove, and Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil.

2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of Inspector Morse on ITV and the broadcaster have said that viewers can expect many respectful tips of the trilby from Endeavour to its much admired progenitor in terms of guest casting, heritage characters and stories.

As Series IV (1967 Vol.2) resumes, barely a fortnight has passed since the events depicted in the series three finale, and we find Oxford’s finest picking up the pieces of their lives, both personal and professional.

Endeavour waits to hear the result of his Sergeant’s Exam, and self-medicates to numb his heartache, but whisky and Tännhauser will only get a man so far. While Thursday and Win deal with their own sense of grief. Their home is empty, Sam gone to the Army and Joan… Who knows where?

The summer of 1967 is on the turn. Midsummer has been and gone but in Lovelace College a team of boffins is about to unveil a ‘thinking machine’ that will challenge the Soviets, and plunge Endeavour and Thursday into their most perilous, baffling and darkly terrifying case to date. White Heat. Cold War. And an immortal game that will cast the life of a friend into the hazard.

SHAUN EVANS as Endeavour.

The stories that remain will take Endeavour and Thursday, together with the rest of Oxford’s Finest, into places hitherto unexplored – the worlds of 1960s pop; Doctors and Nurses; and an exploration of the English pastoral.

Further cast for Film 1 includes James Lawrenson (Wolf Hall, The Riot Club), who appeared in the very first Inspector Morse episode, The Dead of Jericho, as Tony Richards in 1987.

James is playing Professor Amory and his appearance will coincide with the 30th anniversary of Morse in 2017.

Also cast are Tristan Sturrock (Poldark, Doc Martin) as Dr Bernard Gould, Adam James (Doctor Foster, Thicker Than Water) as Kent Finn, Gillian Saker (Ripper Street, Misfits) as Pat Amory and Chris Fulton (One of Us, Stonemouth) as Broderick Castle.

Endeavour airs in Kenya on itvCHOICE (DStv Kenya channel 123).