Sara Deen - Metro - 30 Jan 2018
The brand new series of Endeavour will pay tribute to Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter. Author Dexter passed away in March last year at his home in Oxford, aged 86. Endeavour creator and writer Russell Lewis has said ahead of the new series that Dextor is ‘still a presence’ for him while making the show. ‘For us, he was our true north. I hope everything we’ve done honours his creation and his spirit,’ Lewis said. ‘He is still a presence for us. His initial creation of Morse and then it being turned into television from 1987 onwards, we never forget that for a minute. That’s what keeps us at it. ‘We don’t want to let his standards, and the standards of the three shows – Morse, Lewis and now Endeavour – to drop in any way, shape or form. “What would Colin do?” is our cri de coeur.’
Russell added that he turned to Dexter’s family for advice on whether his image should still appear on screen. ‘Colin was physically absent in the last series but made appearances via portraits and so on,’ he said.
‘We asked the family if they were happy for that to continue and they gave us their blessing. ‘It really wouldn’t be the same without our master somewhere in there.’ Star Shaun Evans added that they were ‘fortunate’ to be able to have him involved.
He said: ‘It was very sad to lose him. But Colin was still in our thoughts as we made this series. We want to try and stay as true to his original vision as possible while also taking it in new directions. ‘There was something brilliant about having Colin on hand. When we first started he’d go through all of the scripts with a fine-tooth comb, not unlike myself. And he wasn’t backward in coming forward about expressing his opinions. We were very fortunate to have that.’ Dexter wrote 14 novels in his Inspector Morse series between 1975 and 1999.
Endeavour returns Sunday at 8pm on ITV.