The fifth series of detective drama Endeavour has just begun filming this week and will take place in and around Oxford and the South East. Shaun Evans returns as the recently promoted Detective Sergeant Endeavour Morse in six feature-length films to be aired on ITV next year.
The new series opens with Morse having finally passed his Sergeant’s exams, as Oxford City Police merges into Thames Valley Constabulary. Joan Thursday (Sara Vickers) has returned to Oxford, but much is unresolved following her disappearance the previous year and Endeavour’s unexpected proposal.
Series creator Russell Lewis says: "As production begins on Endeavour ’68, many of the global tensions of that most turbulent year have found their way into our six new mysteries. ’67’s Summer of Love seems already a distant memory. Dark clouds are gathering at home and abroad as, after almost 100 years, the long history of Oxford City Police comes to an end. A terrible storm is set to blow through the professional and personal lives of newly promoted Detective Sergeant Endeavour Morse and Oxford’s Finest, leaving devastation in its wake.”
Returning to Endeavour for series five are: Roger Allam as DCI Fred Thursday, Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright, Dakota Blue Richards as WPC Shirley Trewlove, Sean Rigby as DS Jim Strange, James Bradshaw as Dr Max DeBryn, Caroline O'Neil as Win Thursday and Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil. Poldark actor Lewis Peek will join the cast as new recruit Detective Constable George Fancy whom Morse has to reluctantly mentor.
Today we celebrate Shaun's 37th birthday and his brilliant career. Thank you for being so talented and inspiring. Many happy returns and may you continue to delight us with many more stellar performances.
By David Brown - Radio Times
Shaun Evans is swapping crime-solving in Oxford for emergency medicine at Holby as he takes the director's reins at Casualty.
The Endeavour star is currently trying his hand at directing on an episode of the long-running medical drama that is believed to be airing in May.
Speaking today, Evans said to RadioTimes.com: "I'm delighted to be working on Casualty. It's a terrific cast and crew and I'm very grateful for the opportunity."
Endeavour recently finished its fourth series on ITV, but will begin shooting a fifth run of episodes this spring. The next series of the Inspector Morse prequel will also be longer, with six cases to solve instead of the usual four.
Whether Evans's Casualty episode will contain a higher body count than the average episode of Endeavour remains to be seen...
By Sarah Doran - Radio Times
Taking on the role of a famous TV detective in their younger years can be nerve wracking, but soon-to-be Prime Suspect: 1973 star Stefanie Martini had the support of Endeavour Morse when she was cast as the younger incarnation of Helen Mirren's Jane Tennison.
The actress, who started out in a small role alongside Shaun Evans on ITV's Endeavour, told RadioTimes.com that the young Morse had been among the first to reach out to her when she was cast as the young Jane Tennison.
"Shaun sent me an email when I got Prime Suspect just to say well done, which I thought was lovely because Endeavour was my first ever job and I didn’t have a clue what I was doing and he was so generous and kind," the Doctor Thorne star revealed at the Radio Times Covers Party.
"It’s funny how things work out. He’s fantastic; I think what he did was really brave. It inspired me", she added.
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Shaun Evans hosted a Masterclass for aspiring actors yesterday, 17th January, in Belfast, giving young people aged 16-25 first-hand industry insight drawing from his vast experience in film, theatre and television. In the final hour of the Masterclass Shaun was joined by Director Michael Lennox and both took part in an Industry Q&A, sharing top tips on how to succeed in the film and television industry with aspiring young directors and actors. The Cinemagic masterclass took place at the Crescent Arts Centre supported by Creative Skillset, to inspire and motivate young people.