ITV Picks Up Morse Prequel Endeavour To Series

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ITV has picked up their Morse prequel Endeavour to series, it has been announced. The channel has ordered four two hour episodes for the show’s first season, which will be broadcast in 2013.

The two hour TV movie Endeavour originally aired on ITV on January 2nd, 2012, attracting 8.2 million viewers and a 30% share. It was reported at the time that the one off movie would serve as a backdoor pilot, meaning that if successful a weekly series could be ordered. Produced by Mammoth Screen, the drama followed young detective Endeavour Morse and his partner Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, as they investigated an apparent suicide in 1965.

Endeavour starred Shaun Evans as Morse, Roger Allam as Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, James Bradshaw as Dr Max Debryn and Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil, all of whom will be returning for Endeavour‘s first season. The weekly series will be produced by Dan McCulloch (Endeavour, 10 Minute Tales) and executive produced by Mammoth Screen’s Joint Managing Directors, Michele Buck and Damien Timmer. Colin Dextor, whose first Morse story was published in 1975, will act as consultant for the series. Production is slated to commence on the four episode series in Oxford in the summer and will last for 16 weeks.

The weekly series was commissioned for ITV by Drama Commissioning team Laura Mackie and Sally Haynes. Speaking of the series pickup, Sally Haynes said, “It was fantastic that the audience responded so warmly to Endeavour. Shaun’s portrayal of a legendary character was captivating and Endeavour thoroughly deserves a series – there’s so much more we can do with the character.”

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