Endeavour gets second series for ITV

Following the phenomenal success of the first series of Endeavour, ITV has recommissioned the Inspector Morse prequel for a second series.

Mammoth’s critically acclaimed 1960s-set crime series starring Shaun Evans and Roger Allam debuted in 2012 with a feature length story to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Morse which became the highest performing new drama title to air on ITV that year. Written by Russell Lewis, who wrote for Morse and devised Lewis, the first series broadcast in April drew an average of 7million viewers.

“We’re truly delighted by the audience’s reaction to the first quartet of Endeavour stories, and very grateful to ITV for the opportunity to further embellish the legend. As to where we’ll be going next time out..? 1966. The year of Revolver. In the Bodleian. With Miss Scarlet. ‘They think it’s all over..?’ It’s only just started, matey!” said Lewis, who will return to write the second series.

ITV’s Director of Drama Commissioning, Steve November added “The audience’s response to the classic crime partnership of Endeavour and Thursday has been incredible and we’re thrilled at the prospect of more Endeavour stories.”

The new series, which will comprise four two-hour films, goes into production in Oxford later this year. Morse creator Colin Dexter will continue to act as a consultant to producers on the show.