ITV recommissions Endeavour for a sixth series

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There’s no doubt about it – ITV’s Endeavour, the Morse prequel, is one of the UK’s most enduring, entertaining and successful crime dramas. Yes, it has the Morse lore to back it up, but it has broken free, establishing characters of its own while still containing those Morse Easter Eggs (and, in this series, any-old Easter Egg from the 1960s). Our Chris did a sterling job on the reviews for the fifth series (see them here), but there’s good news for Endeavour fans… Continue reading

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Review: Endeavour (S4 E6/6), Sunday 11th March, ITV

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With Cowley police station on the verge of closure, Morse finds himself going undercover in Icarus, a story which probably owes more to If than to Tomkinson’s Schooldays Continue reading

Review: Endeavour (S4 E5/6), Sunday 4th March, ITV

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It’s always claimed that Endeavour Morse is one of the great detectives – we beg to differ. He might be one of the great detective characters, but his detecting sometimes leaves a lot to be desired – usually there’s a string of corpses before he solves the case, with some blinding insight based on a crossword puzzle or an opera.  Continue reading

Review: Endeavour (S5 E4/6), Sunday 25th February, ITV

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NB: SPOILERS INSIDE

In Colours – a title with at least two meanings – Morse has to tackle dark forces both in society and the army, with racial tensions bubbling under. But meanwhile, Fred and Win go ballroom dancing, while Morse has a spring in his step as he romances French photojournalist Claudine (Claire Ganaye).  Continue reading

Review: Endeavour (S5 E1/6), Sunday 4th February, ITV

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Not only lauded but also honoured (with the George Medal) at the end of the last series, E. Morse is now a fixture in the new Thames Valley constabulary – but as we move into the late 60s, what political shenanigans and social revolutions will now complicate the detective’s cosy murder investigations? Continue reading

Filming starts on series five of Endeavour

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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. Continue reading