Production is Under Way on ‘Endeavour’ Season 3

Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse (Photo: ITV)
Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse (Photo: ITV)
Get excited fans of young Endeavour Morse! UK network ITV confirmed that Season 3 of Inspector Morse prequel series Endeavour officially began production last week.

Star Shaun Evans is back as young Morse, but who exactly will be returning with him after the shocking and tragic events at the end of Season 2?

Last we all saw, Endeavour Morse was isolated and in prison, framed for the murder of Chief Constable Rupert Standish and his partner, DI Fred Thursday, had been shot in the chest.  

(Personally, I think Thursday will make a full recovery, because Roger Allam has such great chemistry with Evans that there’s no way he’s actually leaving the show. However, it should be noted that none of the official materials released so far mention much in the way of details about Allam’s status, so apparently The Powers That Be would like everyone to sweat this out for a bit.)

Per the official press release, the new season will be set in 1967, three months after Donald Campbell’s ill-fated attempt to break the 300-mile speed barrier on water, and the first of the new stories follows the murder of a bus conductress named Jeannie Hearne on the night she visited the local fairground.

Season 3 will once again be comprised of four episodes, and will once again be written by Lewis creator Russell Lewis who, not incidentally, has also penned every other episode of the series.

“1967 is for Endeavour ‘perhaps the end of the beginning.’ Change is abroad in the world and not even the city of dreaming spires can escape its influence. Change for Endeavour, and those most dear to him – personally and professionally. Departures and arrivals. Entrances and exits,” Lewis said of the new episodes. “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. In particular, one encounter at a certain stately home will echo down the years, and have consequences that not even Endeavour Morse could have foreseen. The only constant is death… And Green Shield Stamps.”

So, you know, interpret that however you see fit.

Returning to their roles are Jack Laskey as DS Peter Jakes, Sean Rigby as PC Jim Strange, b as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright, James Bradshaw as Dr Max DeBryn and Abigail Thaw as journalist Dorothea Frazil.

Are you excited at the prospect of more Endeavour? Anyone else have any predictions for Season 3? 

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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