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Episode two: Fugue
A new kind of killer haunts the Oxford twilight, as, for Endeavour & Thursday, its dreaming spires give way to waking nightmare.
An unknown menace stalks Oxford, strikingfear into the hearts of its citizens. At first glance, the killer appears to be just another deranged lunatic, striking at random, but Detective Constable ENDEAVOUR MORSE uncovers an underlying method to the madness. The elaborate staging of the crimes suggests the killer shares Endeavour’s passion for opera...
While Oxford City Police scramble to find the next potential victim, it seems that Endeavour has finally met his intellectual match. As the body count increases, letters containing cryptic clues, goading the police for their failures, are sent to the Oxford Mail. Only a detective of Endeavour’s intellect can break them. An emotionally operatic epic, ‘FUGUE’ combines the very best of the original Morse series (“Masonic Mysteries") with a dazzling resolution that will push Endeavour to fringes of his own sanity, as he is drawn into an elaborate scheme; in which he is destined to become an integral part.
Shaun Evans (The Take, The Last Weekend, Silk), who won over critics and viewers alike with his portrayal of young Morse, has returned to film four new films written by Lewis creator and Morse writer Russell Lewis.
Acclaimed stage and screen actor Roger Allam (The Jury, Parade's End, The Thick of It) returns as Endeavour’s senior partner, Detective Inspector Fred Thursday. Stage actor Sean Rigby takes on the role of a young PC Strange - the character who appeared in the original Morse series, played by James Grout.
James Bradshaw will return as Dr Max Debryn and John Thaw’s daughter Abigail will make further guest appearances as Dorothea Frazil. Supporting cast include Anton Lesser (The Hour, Garrow’s Law, The Scapegoat) as Chief Supt Reginald Bright and Jack Laskey (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) as DS Peter Jakes.
Consolidated ratings for the first Endeavour film - which transmitted in January to mark the 25th anniversary of the very first episode of Morse - were 8.2m with an impressive audience share of 30%. This makes it the most popular single film on any channel in the last five years.
The new series is produced by Dan McCulloch (Endeavour, 10 Minute Tales) and executive produced by Mammoth Screen’s Joint Managing Directors, Michele Buck and Damien Timmer, writer Russell Lewis and Rebecca Eaton for WGBH.
Directors are Ed Bazalgette (A Mother's Son, Vera), Tom Vaughan (Starter for Ten, Extraordinary Measures, What Happens in Vegas), Craig Viveiros (The Liability, Ghosted) and Colm McCarthy (Ripper Street, Doctor Who, Injustice). Acclaimed novelist Colin Dexter, whose first Morse story was published in 1975, acts as consultant for the series.