Principle filming has now started on ITV’s Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour, which stars Shaun Evans as the young Morse, the role made famous by John Thaw.
Earlier this month the broadcaster announced the one-off drama’s plot would give viewers an insight into the origins of the detective, his love of crosswords, classical music, real ale and classic cars.
Set in 1965, the story follows the hunt for a missing schoolgirl which draws Detective Constable Endeavour Morse back to Oxford – the place which will ultimately shape and define his destiny.
Deep in a full-blown murder investigation and led by Detective Inspector Fred Thursday (Roger Allam), Endeavour finds himself side-lined, discredited and at a dead end.
Facing down the demons of his past, Endeavour begins his own quest in pursuit of justice, risking all in the hunt for a truth that will haunt him for the rest of his days.
Joining Evans and Hallam are Charlie Creed Miles (Harry Brown), Richard Lintern, James Bradshaw and Thaw’s daughter Abigail.
The two-hour drama has been written by Morse writer and Lewis creator Russell Lewis.
Executive Producer Damien Timmer said: “We’re delighted Russell has written this brilliant one off drama for ITV. It’s a sharp and revealing script which gives us a new perspective on this legendary detective.”
Endeavour will air next year to mark the 25th anniversary of the very first episode of Morse.