Inspector Morse set to return to television in 2012 with prequel: “Endeavour”

Posted: 3 August 2011 in television
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Endeavour - Inspector Morse prequel 2012To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first Inspector Morse film in 1987 the iconic beer-loving, crossword-solving detective is set to return to ITV television in a one-off production about the detective’s early career.

“Endeavour” is titled after the detective’s first name and will be filmed in Oxford. Set in 1965, the story revolves around a hunt for a missing schoolgirl and will give viewers the chance to see where the Morse’s love for crosswords and classic cars began. The script has been described by ITV drama commissioner Laura Mackie as “a beautifully written story”.

‘The Take” star Shaun Evans will assume the role made famous by John Thaw. “Morse as a young man is a wonderful character that I’m very excited to be playing,” said Evans. “My hope is that we can complement what’s come before, by telling a great story and telling it well.”

Between “The Dead of Jericho” in 1987 and “The Remorseful Day” in 2000 John Thaw played Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse 33 times. In the final episode, watched by 14 million viewers, Morse died from a heart attack. John Thaw himself died of cancer in 2002 at the age of 60.

Kevin Whately who portrayed Sergeant Robert Lewis in all but one of the films has reprised his role, now promoted to Inspector, in “Lewis” since 2006 in 20 episodes with another 3 commissioned for 2012.

More recently a brand new Inspector Morse play “House of Ghosts” with Colin Baker in the lead role toured from August to December 2010.

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