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Endeavour

Endeavour S2
  • Episode: 

    1 of 4

  • Title: 

    Trove
  • Transmission: 

    Sun 30 Mar 2014
  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 14 2014 : Sat 29 Mar - Fri 04 Apr
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    Returning
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Series overview
 
Shaun Evans (The Take, The Last Weekend) returns in the lead role as young Morse, with Roger Allam (The Thick of It, Parade’s End) as his senior Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, in the second series of Endeavour, the phenomenally successful ITV crime drama and prequel to Inspector Morse.
 
The new series of Endeavour will comprise 4 x 120 minute films; Trove, Nocturne, Sway, and Neverland. All four are written by acclaimed screenwriter and Morse contributor, Russell Lewis. Colin Dexter, whose first Morse story was published in 1975, continues his association
 
Writer Russell Lewis said: "1966 brings Endeavour a fresh quartet of baffling mysteries set to test his brain and body to breaking point. Though offset by the possibility of love unlooked for, against a backdrop of growing change in Britain and the wider world, Endeavour must face a challenge that threatens to take from him all he holds dear... Family.  Friends. Colleagues. The old order changeth... but not without a fight.  To the death."
 
Endeavour debuted in 2012 as a feature length story to celebrate the 25th anniversary of inspector Morse. This became the highest performing new drama title to air on ITV that year. 
 
The first full series of Endeavour screened earlier in 2013, with each of the four episodes averaging 7.0m and a 25% share, making it one of the best performing drama series on ITV so far this year alongside Broadchurch and Mr Selfridge.
 
Episode one: Trove
 
May 1966. DC Endeavour Morse returns to Oxford City Police after a four-month absence from duty. Reunited with DI Fred Thursday, still reeling from the final moments of Series 1, the young detective's involuntary furlough has left him wounded - in mind, more than body.
 
Another dazzlingly complex mystery is set in motion during a Broad Street parade, celebrating the might of Britain's military accomplishments. The festivities, soured by a rash student stunt, are thrown into sharp relief when a John Doe plummets to his death from a nearby council  building. A clutch of business cards bearing multiple identities suggest the death was more than just a routine suicide. Endeavour flexes his gumshoe muscles to uncover the corpse's identity - a solitary pursuit that builds to a trip to London with troubling consequences. Whilst a concerned Thursday looks on, the fractured pieces of the kaleidoscope mirror the young detective's state of mind, as he pulls two  seemingly unrelated cases into the fray - an anguished father searching for a missing daughter, and a smash-and-grab robbery of medieval artifacts at Oxford's Beaufort College.
 
All strands coalesce around the victim's final message, scrawled on a motel notepad: D-DAY, FRIDAY, 98018. As Oxonians go to the polls in a closely fought by-election and a beauty contest builds to its conclusion, Endeavour must navigate the choppy waters of both worlds, as his investigation shakes the highest pillars of Oxford society. With the body count  rising  and his  fierce  intellect slowly drawing  back into focus, the  young detective  risks all to bring  those responsible  to justice. It  is a decision that will send shockwaves across the course of the series. 
 
Cast 
 
Endeavour - Shaun Evans
DI Fred Thursday - Roger Allam
Ch Supt Reginald Bright - Anton Lesser
PC Strange - Sean Rigby
DS Peter Jakes - Jack Laskey
Dr Max Debryn - James Bradshaw
Dorothea Frazil - Abigail Thaw
Win Thursday - Caroline O’Neill
Joan Thursday - Sara Vickers
Sam Thursday - Jack Bannon
Monica - Shvorne Marks
 
Film One - Trove
 
Walter Fisher - Nigel Cooke
Kitty Batten - Jessie Buckley
F.M.E - Nick Waring
Speight - William Mannering
Barbara Batten - Beth Goddard
Archie Batten - Jonathan Coy
Bernard Yelland - Philip Martin Brown
Diana Day - Jessica Ellerby
Muriel Todd - Pooky Quesnel
Val Todd - David Westhead
Tony Frisco - Liam Garrigan
Justin Delfarge - James Palmer
Copley-Barnes  - Jamie Parker
Mallory Samuel - Oatley
Jenkins - Celyn Jones
Lydia - Emily Plumtree
Frida Yelland - Tieva Lovelle
Returning Officer - Michael Hobbs