ITV commissions full series of Endeavour

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 March 2012
Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse

Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse

A full series of 'Inspector Morse' prequel 'Endeavour', starring Shaun Evans, has been commissioned by ITV

A full series of 'Inspector Morse' prequel 'Endeavour' has been commissioned by ITV.

The one-off show - starring Shaun Evans as the young Morse - received such an enthusiastic response from viewers that the channel will now produce four 120 minute episodes later this year.

ITV's Drama Commissioner Sally Haynes said: "It was fantastic that the audience responded so warmly to Endeavour. Shaun's portrayal of a legendary character was captivating and 'Endeavour' thoroughly deserves a series - there's so much more we can do with the character."

Managing Director Damien Timmer added: "We're delighted to be making a series of 'Endeavour' and have been overwhelmed by the reaction to the first film. [Writer] Russell Lewis has some bold plans to further enrich the mythology of Morse, introducing some significant new characters, and re-establishing some old favourites, all of whom are destined to have a massive impact on the future inspector's life."

James Bradshaw will return as Dr. Max Debryn and 'Inspector Morse' actor John Thaw's daughter Abigail will make further guest appearances as Dorothea Frazil.

Novelist Colin Dextor, whose first Morse story was published in 1975, will act as consultant for the series.

Managing Director Michele Buck explained: "It's important to us that Colin is across every aspect of 'Endeavour'. We value and respect his contribution enormously. We've been delighted by the success of the one-off film and look forward to revealing more about the legendary detective."

The shoot will begin late summer for 16 weeks.

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