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Pilot

Pilot

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Review

As World Cup fever reaches its zenith, it’s a time for those with little to no interest in football to pull up the drawbridge, hide in the living room and get lost in a good detective series until the fuss dies down. So lucky for us ITV3 is repeating both series of the stately, clever Endeavour. Sean Evans, rather than just doing a pale imitation of Morse, gave us a new detective, a fully formed, independent character quite distinct from his older self as created by John Thaw.

We start with the pilot – it’s Oxford in 1965, Morse is a young detective and there are clues to the nature of the man we came to know and love: Madame Butterfly on the record player, his squeamishness about blood… His boss, DI Thursday (the great Roger Allam) gives Morse a career-making opportunity, an investigation into the murder of a teenager.

Summary

Shaun Evans steps into the shoes of John Thaw in this 1965-set prequel to Inspector Morse, playing a younger version of the cerebral detective involved in the hunt for a missing schoolgirl. Soon deep in a full-blown murder investigation, Endeavour is sidelined, discredited and at a dead end - so he risks all to begin his own quest for justice. Roger Allam and Charlie Creed-Miles co-star in the mystery.

Cast & Crew

DC Endeavour Morse Shaun Evans
DI Fred Thursday Roger Allam
Teddy Samuels Charlie Creed-Miles
DS Arthur Lott Danny Webb
Richard Lovell Patrick Malahide
Dorothea Frazil Abigail Thaw
Dempsey John Light
Dr Rowan Stromming Richard Lintern
Rosalind Stromming Flora Montgomery
DC Ian McLeash Jack Ashton
Dr Max Debryn James Bradshaw
Miles Percival Harry Kershaw
Mary Tremlett Rachael Heaton
Brian St Clair Michael Matus
Sharon Veelie Emma Stansfield
DCS Crisp Terence Harvey
Valerie Quillen Holly Ridley
Anne Porter Lisa Backwell
Miss Sylvia Tench Jenna Harrison
Jenny Edwards Daisy Head
Brian Lomax Sam Reid
Stan Tremlett Ian Gelder
Alexander Reece Christopher Brandon
Mrs Crabbin Maggie Ollerenshaw
Johnny Franks Jamie Blackley
Director Colm McCarthy
Executive Producer Michele Buck
Executive Producer Damien Timmer
Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton
Producer Dan McCulloch
Writer Russell Lewis
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