Endeavour to return to ITV for fifth series with extended run of six films
Mammoth Screen’s critically-acclaimed and popular detective drama Endeavour has been recommissioned for a fifth series. The latest chapter of the Inspector Morse prequel series will be extended to run as six feature-length films for transmission in 2018.
The fourth series launched earlier this month, receiving critical praise and impressive viewing figures of a consolidated rating of 6.8m and 24% share, the biggest audience since 2014 and up on the year on year average by half a million viewers.
The new series, which will be set in 1968 and continue to be written by creator Russell Lewis, will go into production this Spring. Produced by Mammoth Screen and filmed in and around Oxford, the new films will be executive produced by Damien Timmer, MD of Mammoth Screen, one of the UK’s leading production companies.
Russell Lewis said: “The prospect of creating further chapters in Morse’s secret history is always exciting, but expanding our quartet of investigations to a sextet gives us the opportunity to deliver a truly epic year in the life of Colin Dexter’s immortal creation.”
Executive producer, Tom Mullens added, “We’re delighted that Endeavour will return next year with another set of striking stories from Russell Lewis and once again it’s an honour to have Shaun Evans and Roger Allam on board, bringing Morse and Thursday exquisitely to life in the ‘revolutionary’ world of 1968.”