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ITV Drama commissions Endeavour for second series

Shaun Evans returns as the young Morse based in Oxfordshire Credit: ITV Meridian

As a prequel to the much-admired Inspector Morse, Endeavour, filmed in Oxfordshire, debuted in 2012 with a feature length story to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Morse. Consequently, this one off became the highest performing new drama title to air on ITV that year.

With Shaun Evans in the lead role of young Morse, Roger Allam as Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, and written by Russell Lewis, who wrote for Morse and devised Lewis, the drama instantly became a hit with viewers and critics.

The stories are inspired by the character created by acclaimed novelist Colin Dexter, whose first Morse story was published in 1975. Colin continues his association with the drama acting as a consultant to Endeavour producers, Mammoth Screen.

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Preview of Lewis series 7 filmed in Oxford

'Down Among the Fearful' is tonight's opener to series seven of 'Lewis' on ITV1. The popular detective drama filmed in Oxford developed from the Inspector Morse series, and follows Morse's sidekick Robert Lewis as his career progresses.

In the first episode of series 7 Detective Inspector Lewis played by Kevin Whately, and his own trusty assistant Detective Sergeant James Hathaway played by Laurence Fox - investigate a psychology postgraduate who claims to be a clairvoyant.

Our reporter Divya Kohli speaks to Kevin Whately about the series, filming in Oxford, whether his character and the fictional coroner Laura Hobson will ever get together, and whether there wil be a series eight!