Endeavour continues on ITV tonight with its new series for 2019 but who's on the cast and what's it all about?
The new set of films will see Shaun Evans reprise his titular role as DS Endeavour Morse, and celebrated stage and screen actor Roger Allam return as mentor DI Fred Thursday. Each story will be written by Russell Lewis, who contributed to Inspector Morse and has written each of the 23 Endeavour screenplays so far.
Endeavour originally started as a one-off film in 2012 to mark the 25th anniversary of Inspector Morse on ITV. Filmed in and around Oxford, the new set of films will be set in 1969.
Alongside Shaun Evans as DS Endeavour Morse and Roger Allam as DI Fred Thursday, the Endeavour 2019 cast includes Anton Lesser as CS Reginald Bright, Sean Rigby as DS Jim Strange, James Bradshaw as Dr Max DeBryn and Sara Vickers as Joan Thursday.
Joining them are Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil and Caroline O’Neill as Win Thursday.
Filmed in and around Oxford, the new films will be executive produced by Mammoth Screen’s Damien Timmer, alongside writer and creator Russell Lewis and WGBH’s Rebecca Eaton. Deanne Cunningham has produced the series whilst Johnny Kenton, Shaun Evans, Leanne Welham and Jamie Donoughue act as directors.
Tonight's second episode of the series is called Apollo.
As the highly-anticipated moon landings of Apollo 11 draw near, Endeavour, now at Castle Gate CID, finds himself investigating the death of promising young astrophysicist Adam Drake and girlfriend Christine.
Their deaths seeming to be a result of a tragic car accident on first inspection, but when the clues start to point towards foul play, Endeavour enlists the help of an injured Thursday to uncover the truth.
A visit to the Oxford observatory where Adam worked uncovers professional and personal tensions between him and colleagues Elliott Wingqvist and Larry Humbolt. However, when Larry reveals that the car Adam was driving actually belonged to him, Endeavour and Thursday have to rethink their focus.
It seems possible that the sabotage has missed it’s intended target, and attention turns to a new-age group of which Drake and his colleagues appear to be members.
Claiming to offer lifestyle guidance to the thriving middle classes, the group seems more like a cult than a support team, and he suspects leader Gabriel Van Horne knows more than he’s letting on.
Endeavour airs tonight, Sunday, February 17 at 8PM on ITV.
There are four episodes of Endeavour in 2019 and you can catch up online via ITV Hub.