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December 1966. Change is in the air as winter's chill grips Oxford. Plans to build a new police station lead both DC Endeavour Morse and DI Fred Thursday to question their respective places on the force. A brace of cases occupy the young detective's time: a boy, Tommy Cork, reported missing from a broken home, and the body of a washed-up journalist, found on railroad tracks in mysterious circumstances.
The cadaver is that of Eric Patterson - a disreputable reporter last seen embroiled in an altercation with a high-ranking Council official. Their topic of conversation? Landesman Construction, a company with hasty plans to redevelop the site of a long-since shuttered boys' correctional facility, Blenheim Vale. When a petty criminal absconds from an open prison, also with a connection to Blenheim, it sets off a chain reaction of troubling events, threatening to expose unspeakable horrors of the past.
The investigation deepening, Endeavour and Thursday find themselves confronted by a cone of silence, and a disparate group of men unwilling to talk. Increasingly on the outs at a police force tainted with cronyism and corruption, the two men must band together, peeling back layers of malfeasance extending to the upper echelons of Oxford society.
When it transpires Tommy Cork's disappearance is part and parcel of the same case - the boy possibly witness to an event others would kill to conceal - Endeavour and Thursday steel themselves for a reckoning in blood, as Series 2 builds to its thunderous, irrevocable conclusion.
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.
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