Shaun Evans to play young Morse

Shaun Evans is to portray a young Endeavour Morse in new one-off TV film 'Endeavour', giving fans the opportunity to delve into the history of the legendary detective

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Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse

Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse

Shaun Evans is to portray a young Endeavour Morse in a one-off TV film.

The 31-year-old actor will take on the role of the infamous detective - originally made famous by John Thaw - playing a younger version of Colin Dexter's iconic character in new ITV1 drama 'Endeavour', which is due to be filmed in Oxford this autumn.

Giving fans the opportunity to delve into the history of the legendary detective, the show will mark the 25th anniversary of the first episode of 'Inspector Morse, which first transmitted in 1987.

Laura Mackie, director of ITV Drama, said: "'Inspector Morse' was a television institution and nearly 14 million people tuned in to watch the final episode in 2000 when Colin Dexter's eponymous hero died from a heart attack.

"'Endeavour' is a beautifully written story that not only provides many nods to Morse's unique character traits for fans but re-unites many of the team behind the original series."

Set in 1965, the one-off show will see Endeavour embark on his own personal pursuit of justice when he is forced to face the demons of his past after being drawn to Oxford in the hunt for a missing schoolgirl.

Shaun - who has also appeared in Channel 4 comedy drama 'Teachers' - is thrilled to be portraying the iconic TV detective at a young age.

He said: "Morse as a young man is a wonderful character that I'm very excited to be playing. My hope is that we can compliment what's come before, by telling a great story, and telling it well."

'Endeavour' will be shown on ITV1 in early 2012.

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