Endeavour Returns for Series IV

Company News June 2, 2016

Endeavour, the prequel to Inspector Morse, will return to ITV for a fourth series following the strong reaction to series three. Endeavour III’s most watched episode – Arcadia – had the best ABC1 audience figures for any returning ITV drama series in a year behind only Downton Abbey.

As Series IV (1967 Vol.2) resumes, barely a fortnight has passed since the events depicted in the series III finale, and we find Oxford’s finest picking up the pieces of their lives, both personal and professional. The fourth series will take Endeavour and Thursday into places hitherto unexplored – the worlds of 1960s pop; Doctors and Nurses; and an exploration of the English pastoral.

With 2017 marking the 30th Anniversary of Inspector Morse on ITV, viewers can expect many respectful tips of the trilby from Endeavour to its much admired progenitor in terms of guest casting, heritage characters and stories.

Endeavour stars Shaun Evans (War Book, The Scandalous Lady W) who has won the hearts and minds of critics and viewers alike with his portrayal of the young Morse.  Acclaimed stage and screen actor Roger Allam (The Lady in the Van, Mr Holmes, Parade’s End) will return as Endeavour’s senior officer, Detective Inspector Fred Thursday alongside Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright, Sean Rigby as PC Jim Strange, James Bradshaw as Doctor Max deBryn, Caroline O’Neil as Win Thursday, Dakota Blue Richards as WPC Shirley Trewlove, and Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil.

The scripts are once again written by Russell Lewis, creator of Endeavour who also wrote for Inspector Morse. The executive producers are Damien Timmer, MD of Mammoth Screen, Writer and creator Russell Lewis alongside former Endeavour producer Tom Mullens and Rebecca Eaton for WGBH. The Producer is Helen Ziegler and Ashley Pearce will direct Film 1.

Endeavour IV has been commissioned by ITV’s former Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute Endeavour internationally.