ITV Renews ‘Endeavour’ For Third Season

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Detective Constable Morse is staying put on ITV.

The commercial broadcaster has renewed their Morse prequel Endeavour for a third season, TVWise has learned. ITV has ordered four episodes for the show’s third season, which will once again be shot on location in Oxford and is expected to air in 2015.

Endeavour follows a young detective Endeavour Morse and his partner Detective Inspector Fred Thursday as the investigate various crimes in the 1960′s. The series stars Shaun Evans as Morse, Roger Allam as Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, James Bradshaw as Dr Max Debryn and Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil..

Endeavour was created by Russell Lewis and was initially piloted by ITV as a one-off drama in 2012, before the strong ratings prompted the broadcaster to pull the trigger on a series order. The Mammoth Screen produced series is executive produced by Russell Lewis, Michele Buck and Damien Timmer. Novelist Colin Dexter, who created the Morse character, serves as a creative consultant.

The renewal come after the second season premiered on ITV in March with a peak audience of 7.0m and a 27% share, making it one of the broadcaster’s best performing returning drama series of 2014. The final episode of the season also ranks as ITV’s best performing drama of any type for ABC1 Men so far this year.

The third season of Endeavour, which will again be written by Russell Lewis, will be set in 1967 and will pick up from the season two finale, which saw Endeavour Morse placed in police custody, framed for a murder he didn’t commit, and DI Fred Thursday’s life hanging in the balance after being shot in the chest.

“We are delighted be working with Mammoth Screen on a third series of Endeavour”, said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned the third season alongside ITV’s Head of Drama Series Jane Hudson. “Russell Lewis has created four more fantastic stories and we’re looking forward to seeing Shaun Evans reprise his role as young Morse.”

While series creator, writer and executive producer Russell Lewis added: “Endeavour ’67… Pepper – Piper – Purple Haze… As ‘Oxford’s finest’ encounter friends and foes both old and new, 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. For something wicked this way comes…”

  • brownbreadandale4

    I am so disappointed with the way this series is headed. Shaun Evans is a stroke of genius as Morse; absolutely perfect. Roger Allam is equally perfect as his superior, DI Fred Thursday, and there are no words for Anton Lesser as Superintendent Bright.

    The supporting members are amazing! Jack Laskey as DS Peter Jakes has just the right sneer of superiority (when he really isn’t) such as when he tried to date Joan Thursday. Sean Rigby as PC Jim Strange strikes just the right cord. Caroline O’Neill is perfect as (long-suffering) Win Thursday. She runs that precious home like a precision gear box. I love her sandwiches and that she knew the right kind of “booze” to build Endeavour’s blood, when he was shot and exhausted. James Bradshaw is also believable as Dr. Max DeBryn in his thankless job as Pathologist.

    However, we have a couple of PROBLEMS THAT NEED TO BE SOLVED before the series is scuppered by their impossible performances. First of all, the notion of having a “actual” relative of Morse (John Thaw) is “novel” but when it doesn’t work, someone must be tough enough to “cut the cord” before it goes any further. The “character” of Dorothea Frazil, as the newspaper editor of the Oxford paper just does not work. She is awkward, forced, and does not fit. Second, Abigail Thaw is so awkward that she is simply wrong for this series. She is tall, angular, sharp, hard, brittle, just the wrong person. Also, the cops would not have had a “relationship” with a newspaper editor at that time. It would never have happened.

    The only possible way the story and character might work, and this is only if they really want to add a female character, would be for a different kind of woman as a reporter; younger, shorter, and cuter. The kind of person who might have a bit of “sass” to play the scenes with more “life” and “verve.” It would require a complete change of BOTH character and actress. As it is now, the scenes with Abigail are forced and everyone knows it. She needs to “move on” and put everyone out of their misery.

    Lastly, the character of Monica Hicks played by Shvone Marks is awful. Like the character of Dorothea, she is just not believable. A serious DC like Morse would NOT have had an “affair” with her character. It simply would not have happened. And certainly not at the place where they rented rooms. How do I know? Because I worked with nurses, cops (and detectives) at that time and this would never have happened.

    Another KEY point is that ALL nurses (especially one like Monica Hicks, who seems to be alone) would NEVER have rented a room on her own. She would have lived in a building with OTHER NURSES!! They would have covered shifts for each other, given each other rides to work, and generally been a support system for each other. In those days, ANY woman who would have rented a room, down the hall from single men, would have been marked as “cheap” and “loose” and the character of Monica Hicks would NEVER have done such a thing.

    It is so WRONG that I can’t get over it. She would have 100% lived with other nurses! And, not only is the character of Hicks not believable, but Shvone Marks is wrong for the part. She has a young face (baby fat) with features that are “at odds” with Morse. She does not look like a nurse. She does not look right in her uniform. Her actions (such as with the astringent) are awkward; not like a nurse at all. She is simply wrong for the part. And, she was way too quick to jump into bed and spend the night. It really is a shame that you don’t have people who know how people acted at that time.

    It is UNFAIR to the viewing public when you go to such effort to get the period cars, clothing, hair styles, equipment, dishes, food, and music accurate to then “blow it” by putting impossible characters (and actors) into the show. IT IS UNFAIR to the other actors to make these kinds of mistakes. When you are on the wrong track, it is imperative to make the correct changes and get rid of Shvone Marks, Abigail Thaw, and their characters.