Four new films from Mammoth Screen’s successful crime drama, Endeavour, have been commissioned by itv.
Following the success of the second series shown on itv earlier this year, the third series will once again be written by Lewis creator and Inspector Morse writer, Russell Lewis.
The new series of Endeavour will be set in 1967, picking up from the dramatic second series finale that saw Endeavour Morse placed in police custody, framed for a murder he didn’t commit, and DI Fred Thursday’s life hanging in the balance after being shot in the chest.
Whether Thursday will survive – and what impact the fall-out from this will have upon Morse and his colleagues – remains to be seen. All the pieces are up in the air. Where they will land is anybody’s guess…
The only certainty is that Shaun Evans (The Last Weekend; Silk) will return to film the new series in Oxford, once again donning the shabby raincoat and inhabiting the down-at-heel digs of young Detective Constable E. Morse.
As a prequel to the much-revered Inspector Morse, Endeavour debuted in 2012 with a feature length story to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Morse. Shaun Evans won over critics and viewers alike with his portrayal of young Morse and consequently, the film became the highest performing new drama title to air on itv that year.
The second series returned in March 2014 with a peak audience of 7.0m and a 27% share, making it one of the best performing returning drama series on itv so far this year. The final film was ITV’s best performing drama of any type for ABC1 Men during 2014.
Russell Lewis is the Executive Producer alongside Mammoth Screen’s Michele Buck and Damien Timmer.
Russell Lewis said: “Endeavour ’67… Pepper – Piper – Purple Haze… As ‘Oxford’s finest’ encounter friends and foes both old and new, our next quartet of mysteries will take the audience on a psychedelic Summer of Love fairground ride, filled with twists and turns, shrieks and scares. For something wicked this way comes…”
“I’m really excited to be revisiting the ’60’s as young Morse,” added Shaun Evans. “The audience reaction to Endeavour has been fantastic and this series promises to be the best we’ve made so far. It’ll be well worth the wait!”
Director of Drama Commissioning Steve November said: “We are delighted be working with Mammoth Screen on a third series of Endeavour. Russell Lewis has created four more fantastic stories and we’re looking forward to seeing Shaun Evans reprise his role
as young Morse.”
Acclaimed novelist Colin Dexter, whose first Morse story was published in 1975, continues his association with the drama acting as a consultant to Endeavour producers, Mammoth Screen.