Endeavour Review

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Endeavour

The Origins of Inspector Morse

Reviewed by David Savage

Starring: Shaun Evans and Roger Allam
Running time: 89 minutes
ITV Studios Home Entertainment

Endeavour (written by Russell Lewis) is the prequel to Inspector Morse marking the 25th anniversary of the first episode of Colin Dexter’s iconic character Inspector Morse. Shaun Evans plays a much younger Detective Constable Endeavour Morse and plays it brilliantly.

Set in 1965, it starts with Morse typing his letter of resignation but he never delivered it. Morse is then sent back to Oxford to help in the hunt for a missing girl that soon becomes a murder case. While his task is to canvas the area he decides to investigate himself and soon gains the respect of Detective Inspector Fred Thursday when nobody else is interested. He is also given the task of investigating the apparent suicide of an Oxford student.

This shows him as a young, disillusioned and squeamish Detective before the Jaguar, his love of real ale and shows his love of classical music and classic cars.

While I have never been a fan of Inspector Morse or Lewis I found Endeavour to be very enjoyable and watchable drama. It was well written and Shaun Evans played the part of the young Morse extremely well. If ITV decide to turn this into a series instead of a one-off drama I will definitely be watching it. Lots of twists and a great story.

Highly recommended.

Rating: 5/5

First showing will be on ITV1 Monday 2ndJanuary 2012 at 9pm.

DVD will be released on Monday 9thJanuary 2012.

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Cast

SHAUN EVANS……………………………………………………………………………….. Endeavour

ROGER ALLAM………………………………………………………………………. DI Fred Thursday

FLORA MONTGOMERY……………………………………………………. Rosalind Stromming

HARRY KERSHAW……………………………………………………………………… Miles Percival

CHARLIE CREED MILES…………………………………………………………. Teddy Samuels

DANNY WEBB…………………………………………………………………………….. DS Arthur Lott

JACK ASHTON……………………………………………………………………….. DC Ian McLeash

RICHARD LINTERN……………………………………………………….. Dr. Rowan Stromming

PATRICK MALAHIDE………………………………………………………………….. Richard Lovell

JOHN LIGHT……………………………………………………………………………………….. Dempsey

ABIGAIL THAW………………………………………………………………………….. Dorothea Frazil

MICHAEL MATUS…………………………………………………………………………. Brian St.Clair

EMMA STANSFIELD……………………………………………………………………. Sharon Vellie

JAMES BRADSHAW………………………………………………………………… Dr Max De Bryn

TERENCE HARVEY…………………………………………………………………………. DCS Crisp



Crew

 

Executive Producer………………………………………………………………………. Michele Buck

Executive Producer………………………………………………………………….. Damien Timmer

Producer……………………………………………………………………………………. Dan McCulloch

Director………………………………………………………………………………………. Colm McCarthy

Writer……………………………………………………………………………………………. Russell Lewis

Director of Photography……………………………………………………………. Gavin Struthers

Production Designer……………………………………………………………………. Pat Campbell

Make-Up Designer………………………………………………………………………….. Irene Napier

Costume Designer……………………………………………………………………… Caroline Harris

Location Manager……………………………………………………………………………. Chris White

Casting Director…………………………………………………………………………….. Susie Parriss

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