Inspector Morse

John Thaw as Inspector Morse (Photo: image courtesy of Executive Program Services)

Dated or Delightful? Inspector Morse

How well do British TV series from the past hold up? Are they classic gems that transcend generations or are they old-fashioned and representative of a particular period in time? This time our Dated and Delightful series takes a look at Inspector Morse on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. 

Morse Prequel Endeavour Renewed for Series 2, Masterpiece to Air Series 1 in July

Inspector Morse fans certainly have reason to celebrate – prequel series Endeavour, which stars Shaun Evans as a young Endeavour Morse, has been renewed for a second season by UK network ITV. Both Evans and his co-star Roger Allam, who plays DI Fred Thursday, will return for four new episodes, which are slated to go into production in Oxford later this year.

Endeavour follows the story of a young Endeavour Morse during the early days of his career, after leaving his Oxford college without taking a degree and joining the police force. The first series was a ratings success for ITV, averaging around 7 million viewers per episode and ranking alongside the network’s biggest 2013 hits, alongside Broadchurch and Mr. Selfridge.

Click through for more details - and a look at Series 1, which will premiere on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery this July!

Inspector Morse Prequel Endeavour Commissioned for a New Four-Part Series

Earlier this year, UK broadcaster ITV aired a one off TV-film prequel to the beloved Inspector Morse mysteries. Called Endeavour, the drama features Shaun Evans stepping into the role made famous by John Thaw for a look at the beginning of the detective’s career. The prequel, set in 1965, chronicles Endeavour Morse’s early days on the force in Oxford, when he is given the career making opportunity to investigate the murder of a fifteen year old girl.

Those of us in America haven’t even seen Endeavour for ourselves yet – it’s slated to air this summer on Masterpiece Mysterybut, even so, all the Morse fans out there can breathe an early sigh of relief. The one-off film proved so popular for ITV that the drama is already set to return for a full series. Four two-hour episodes have been confirmed, to be filmed on location in Oxford later this year, presumably for a 2013 broadcast. Roger Allam will also return as young Morse’s senior partner Inspector Fred Thursday, as well as James Bradshaw who plays Dr. Max Debryn. Thaw’s daughter, Abigail, will also make further guest appearances in the new episodes.

“It was fantastic that the audience responded so warmly to Endeavour,” said Sally Haynes of the ITV Drama Commissioning team. “Shaun’s portrayal of a legendary character was captivating and Endeavour thoroughly deserves a series – there’s so much more we can do with the character."

Source: ITV Press Centre

Reminder: Our Two-Day Inspector Morse Marathon Starts Tomorrow!

What says Happy Thanksgiving more than British mysteries? Nothing, that’s what! So, have some quality sleuthing along with your turkey and stuffing over the next two days!

We’ll be airing full-day marathons of Inspector Morse episodes both tomorrow and Friday, from 8am-6pm, and digging into some classic episodes from early in the series’ run. (And, remember WETA Mystery night will be happening as usual on Thanksgiving night, with Sherlock Holmes, Poirot and Foyle’s War.)

Click through for a full list of all the episodes that will be playing on both days during our Morse Marathon and enjoy the long weekend!