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As the shadow of East End villainy falls upon Oxford, a hit and run accident claims the life of an eminent Classics Professor. Endeavour & Thursday must each face their past. Not all stories have a happy ending.
Oxford lies in the grip of a bitter winter. Endeavour crams for his upcoming Sergeant’s Exam, but a road traffic accident sets events in motion which will lead to the Moonlight Rooms nightclub and a blood reckoning. The hit and run victim is an Oxford professor who died at odds with his peers over the fate of Booth Hill – a potentially lucrative parcel of College owned land.
The case is complicated by the appearance of Thursday’s old gangland enemy, Vic Kasper, whose arrival in Oxford carries a direct threat to all Thursday holds dear. Endeavour is drawn back to Lincolnshire to visit his ailing father, leaving Thursday to face his demons alone. However, when a cigarette girl working at the Moonlight Rooms is found dead, Endeavour must choose between filial duty and the need to protect Thursday, whose righteous anger has led him into a dark and potentially fatal place.
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.