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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
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