We’ve all seen how difficult it is to get prequels right – well hello Prime Suspect 1973 – but Endeavour, and specifically this year’s series four of Endeavour, often got things very right. It had that right mix of lore (in this case Morse lore), comfortable English bucolia and decent storylines and character progressions. So it’s good news that ITV said yesterday that filming has now begun on the fifth series.
The sad news broke this morning that Colin Dexter, the creator of Inspector Morse and writer of 13 Morse novels, died, aged 86.
Two days after the 30th anniversary of Inspector Morse’s first ever appearance on our screens, Endeavour keeps the torch burning with a fourth series. It’s been a patchy-old ride for Endeavour since its inception – yes, its air is thick with Morse lore and what people now call ‘easter eggs’, but over the course of its three previous series, we’ve had the good, the bad and the ugly. With the anniversary in mind, it’s important for fans of the titular, classics-loving detective this series got off to a good start. Thankfully, it did.
NB: Spoileration inside
The consensus seemed to be that the recent, third series of Endeavour wasn’t the best. But there’s something extremely comforting about the show – the Oxford surroundings, the 1960s setting, and, of course, the fact that Morse himself (albeit a younger Morse) is on our screens – so we’re delighted that ITV has commissioned the show for a fourth series.
*Whispers* there may be mild spoilers after the jump
You can’t imagine the young Endeavour Morse letting his hair down in the Summer of Love – even less so, Fred Thursday – and indeed Morse is lurking in his dingy basement flat, Fred is wheezy, and Strange has been promoted to DS, taking over Jakes’ post. Not only that, this episode – Prey – has plenty more surprises.
Apologies. I’m in the glorious throes of moving house at the moment so this past week has been a bit quiet on the blog front. Normal service will be resumed this coming week. It’s still busy out there in crime drama land, with brand new episodes of series every single night of the week, and this insane amount is joined by Sky1’s Lucky Man this week – a series from the mind of comic book genius Stan Lee and starring James Nesbitt.
After last week’s magical mystery tour, two parts The Great Gatsby to a measure of The Prestige, let’s hope that this story of artists and models isn’t a load of old Pollocks. Back in harness after his sojourn in the nick, young Morse and old Fred Thursday find themselves in the world of action painting, hippy communes and Tony Hancock (wha…?)