Detective Constable Morse is staying put on ITV.The commercial broadcaster has renewed their Morse prequel Endeavour for a third season, TVWise has learned. ITV has ordered four episodes for the show’s third season, which will once again be shot on location in Oxford and is expected to air in 2015.
Endeavour follows a young detective Endeavour Morse and his partner Detective Inspector Fred Thursday as the investigate various crimes in the 1960′s. The series stars Shaun Evans as Morse, Roger Allam as Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, James Bradshaw as Dr Max Debryn and Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil..
Endeavour was created by Russell Lewis and was initially piloted by ITV as a one-off drama in 2012, before the strong ratings prompted the broadcaster to pull the trigger on a series order. The Mammoth Screen produced series is executive produced by Russell Lewis, Michele Buck and Damien Timmer. Novelist Colin Dexter, who created the Morse character, serves as a creative consultant.
The renewal come after the second season premiered on ITV in March with a peak audience of 7.0m and a 27% share, making it one of the broadcaster’s best performing returning drama series of 2014. The final episode of the season also ranks as ITV’s best performing drama of any type for ABC1 Men so far this year.
The third season of Endeavour, which will again be written by Russell Lewis, will be set in 1967 and will pick up from the season two finale, which saw Endeavour Morse placed in police custody, framed for a murder he didn’t commit, and DI Fred Thursday’s life hanging in the balance after being shot in the chest.
“We are delighted be working with Mammoth Screen on a third series of Endeavour”, said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned the third season alongside ITV’s Head of Drama Series Jane Hudson. “Russell Lewis has created four more fantastic stories and we’re looking forward to seeing Shaun Evans reprise his role as young Morse.”
While series creator, writer and executive producer Russell Lewis added: “Endeavour ’67… Pepper – Piper – Purple Haze… As ‘Oxford’s finest’ encounter friends and foes both old and new, our next quartet of mysteries will take the audience on a psychedelic Summer of Love fairground ride, filled with twists and turns, shrieks and scares. For something wicked this way comes…”