Successful detective drama Endeavour, the prequel to Inspector Morse, will return to ITV for a fourth series following the strong audience reaction to series three. Set in the summer of 1967, the new films begin filming on location in Oxford in the coming weeks. You can always count on Morse – espcially seeing as 2017 is a special year in the canon.
Shaun Evans is back as Morse, as is the much-loved Roger Allam as Endeavour’s senior officer, Detective Inspector Fred Thursday. Other returning cast members include Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright, Sean Rigby as PC Jim Strange, James Bradshaw as Doctor Max deBryn, Caroline O’Neil as Win Thursday, Dakota Blue Richards as WPC Shirley Trewlove, and Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil.
With 2017 marking the 30th Anniversary of Inspector Morse on ITV, viewers can expect many respectful tips of the trilby from Endeavour to its much admired progenitor in terms of guest casting, heritage characters and stories.
As Series IV (1967 Vol.2) resumes, barely a fortnight has passed since the events depicted in the series III finale, and we find Oxford’s finest picking up the pieces of their lives, both personal and professional.
Endeavour waits to hear the result of his Sergeant’s Exam, and self-medicates to numb his heartache, but whisky and Tännhauser will only get a man so far. While Thursday and Win deal with their own sense of grief. Their home is empty, Sam gone to the Army and Joan… Who knows where?
The summer of 1967 is on the turn. Midsummer has been and gone but in Lovelace College a team of boffins is about to unveil a ‘thinking machine’ that will challenge the Soviets, and plunge Endeavour and Thursday into their most perilous, baffling and darkly terrifying case to date. White Heat. Cold War. And an immortal game that will cast the life of a friend into the hazard.
The stories that remain will take Endeavour and Thursday, together with the rest of Oxford’s Finest, into places hitherto unexplored – the worlds of 1960s pop; Doctors and Nurses; and an exploration of the English pastoral.
Further cast for episode one includes James Lawrenson, who appeared in the very first Inspector Morse episode, The Dead of Jericho, as Tony Richards in 1987. James is playing Professor Amory and his appearance will coincide with the 30th anniversary of Morse in 2017. Also cast are Tristan Sturrock as Dr Bernard Gould, Adam James as Kent Finn, Gillian Saker as Pat Amory and Chris Fulton as Broderick Castle.
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