“WHAT we wanted to do was to end Endeavour in a way that was fitting to all of […]
“EVERYONE brings their top game to Endeavour.
“We’re very lucky.
“I’m glad people love it because that’s our intention.”
Shaun Evans talking to me about the return of the, now, Detective Sergeant Endeavour Morse to the screen.
Starting on ITV at 8pm this Sunday (Feb 4).
The new 2018 series five of Endeavour being the longest yet with six feature-length films.
Infused with a sense of endings and new beginnings.
And further glimpses of the younger Morse’s relationships with women.
“There’s a little bit of action. Not before time, if you ask me,” added Shaun.
“It’s interesting as well. It shows you another side of the character. He is a young man in 1968.
“Joan Thursday (Sara Vickers) is still part of the story.
“His involvement with other women is a subconscious knee-jerk reaction to the history between him and Joan.
“He’s trying to find his place in the world and who he’s going to spend it with.
“His relationships with other women show a slightly more rounded version of the character. I think it’s OK to surprise people.”
All of which is all the more poignant, knowing – as we do – that Morse eventually died alone.
Shaun giving a heartbreaking performance as lost soul Endeavour.
THE latest TV puzzle starts with a crossword.
Plus a flashback to the young detective being shot at the end of the last story.
Endeavour returns to ITV on Sunday for a second series of the Inspector Morse prequel.
It’s May 1966 and the young Morse (Shaun Evans) is on his first day back at work at Oxford City Police with Det Insp Fred Thursday (Roger Allam).
But doubts remain about whether the Detective Constable is fully recovered from his ordeal.
“The light’s gone out of him,” Thursday tells his wife.