Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour is to return for a new series on ITV.
Both Shaun Evans, who starred as DC Endeavour Morse, and Roger Allam, who portrayed DI Fred Thursday, will be back for four new episodes written by Russell Lewis that will go into production in Oxford later this year.
“We’re truly delighted by the audience’s reaction to the first quartet of Endeavour stories, and very grateful to ITV for the opportunity to embellish the legend,” said Lewis. “As to where we’ll be going next time out…? 1966. The year of Revolver. In the Bodleian. With Miss Scarlet. They think it’s all over…? It’s only just started, matey!”
Steve November, ITV’s director of drama commissioning, added: “The audience’s response to the classic crime partnership of Endeavour and Thursday has been incredible and we’re thrilled at the prospect of more Endeavour stories written by Russell Lewis and produced by Mammoth Screen.”
Endeavour is the second spin-off from the original Inspector Morse series that starred John Thaw. Original sidekick Kevin Whately was the first to be given his own series with Lewis in 2006. The pilot for the 1960s-set Endeavour aired in January 2012 and picked up an audience of 8.2m. The first full series, which was broadcast on ITV in April this year, averaged 7m viewers and a 25 per cent audience share.