Well, this is very good indeed! News reaches Fedora that the third series of Endeavor is now officially in production. The prequel to Inspector Morse starring Shaun Evans will be set in 1967. In the words of Russell Lewis, who also wrote all the previous episodes (based on Colin Dexter’s novels and the TV show too):
“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.”
Left to right: Jack Laskey as DS Peter Jakes, Shaun Evans as Endeavour, Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Bright and Roger Allam as DI Fred Thursday (Image © ITV / Mammoth)
Returning to their roles are Jack Laskey as DS Peter Jakes, Sean Rigby as PC Jim Strange, Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright, James Bradshaw as Dr Max DeBryn and Abigail Thaw as journalist Dorothea Frazil.
However, we do not know if Morse’s understanding mentor, DI Fred Thursday (Roger Allam), will be returning, following the cliffhanger at the end of the last season that saw his life left in the balance. We can but hope he will be back, especially since Allam has been pipped to the post as ITV’s new Maigret by, of all thespians, the rubber-faced Rowan Atkinson!
While for some the era it traverses and the overall approach may perhaps be a smidgen too close to the BBC’s George Gently, I believe this to be a superior show in most respects. Yes, the ‘spooky’ episode from the previous season – ‘Nocturne’ – was a bit daft (though it did pay off very nicely with its ironic and sad conclusion), and the corruption case subplot from season two had an odd, James Ellroy ring about it. Generally however, this is a series that has created its own distinctive identity thanks a terrific main cast, smart attention to detail and a desire to repay fans of the original show in subtle but clever ways. In my opinion, Endeavour has proved itself time and again to be a truly worthy successor to Inspector Morse and right from the start has been infinitely more interesting that Lewis, which ran out of steam years and years ago. Can’t wait to see what they come up with.
For further info, see the official press release.