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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
. 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.
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
DI Fred Thursday
DS Arthur Lott
Dr Rowan Stromming
DC Ian McLeash
Dr Max Debryn
Brian St Clair
Miss Sylvia Tench
Full Episode Guide
Endeavour's Roger Allam on playing an alcoholic and his own boozy days
The Thick of It star also talks working with Cumberbatch and Daniel Day-Lewis – and why he never chased their fame
30 years of Morse – how John Thaw's legacy lives on in Endeavour
Morse prequel Endeavour to return to ITV for a longer fifth series
Endeavour’s fifth series begins filming as Poldark actor Lewis Peek joins the cast
Endeavour star Shaun Evans is directing Casualty
Endeavour's Shaun Evans supported Prime Suspect star Stefanie Martini
Meet the cast of Endeavour series four
Sheila Hancock on her Endeavour cameo: It wasn’t a tribute to John Thaw
Who is Stefanie Martini? Meet the star of Prime Suspect: Tennison
Inspector Morse author Colin Dexter dies aged 86
Lewis airs its final episode - but have we really seen the last of Hathaway?
Did you spot the tribute to John Thaw in Inspector Morse spin-off Lewis?