ITV has commissioned four new episodes of Inspector Morse prequel, Endeavour.
The third series picks up from the dramatic second series finale that saw Morse (Shaun Evans) arrested for a murder he didn’t commit and DI Fred Thursday’s life hanging in the balance after being shot in the chest.
The broadcaster says viewers will have to wait and see whether Thursday (Roger Allam) survives his injuries.
Series creator and writer Russell Lewis said: “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…”
“I’m really excited to be revisiting the ’60’s as young Morse,” added Shaun Evans.
“The audience reaction to Endeavour has been fantastic and this series promises to be the best we’ve made so far. It’ll be well worth the wait!”
ITV’s Director of Drama Commissioning Steve November said: “We are delighted be working with Mammoth Screen on a third series of Endeavour. Russell Lewis has created four more fantastic stories and we’re looking forward to seeing Shaun Evans reprise his role as young Morse.”
Colin Dexter, whose first Morse story was published in 1975, will again serve as a consultant to the producers.