Masterpiece Mystery! Endeavor, Series 1: Rocket

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A royal visit by Princess Margaret to an Oxford munitions factory may exclude the unwelcome Endeavour Morse, but even Chief Superintendent Bright’s highest security cannot exclude murder.

Shaun Evans (The Take, The Last Weekend, Silk) stars as the solitary and cerebral young Inspector Morse, conducting his dogged, incorruptible pursuit of justice from the shadows of Oxford and the fringes of the police force. Roger Allum costars as Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, and Abigail Thaw, daughter of Inspector Morse star John Thaw, makes special guest appearances as Dorothea Frazil, in this new mystery written by Inspector Lewis creator and Inspector Morse writer, Russell Lewis.


Before Inspector Morse, there was the rookie Constable Morse, fed up with police work and ready to nip his career in the bud by handing in his resignation. That is, until a murder turned up that only he could solve.

Following on the success of the 2011 Endeavour pilot, Shaun Evans returns in four new episodes as the young Endeavour Morse—before his signature red Jaguar but with his deductive powers already running in high gear. Set in 1960s Oxford, Endeavour is written by Inspector Lewis creator and Inspector Morse writer Russell Lewis.

Acclaimed stage and screen actor Roger Allam (Parade’s End, The Thick of It) is back as Morse’s senior partner and mentor, Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, and Sean Rigby takes on the role of the young, competitive PC Strange, a character who appeared in the original Inspector Morse series. Shakespearean actor Anton Lesser (Little Dorrit) plays the imposing new Oxford Police Chief Superintendent Bright, and John Thaw’s daughter Abigail Thaw returns in guest appearances as journalist Dorothea Frazil.

Endeavour is a co-production of Mammoth Screen Ltd for ITV and MASTERPIECE. The writer is Russell Lewis. The producer is Dan McCulloch. The executive producers are Michele Buck and Damien Timmer.

MASTERPIECE on PBS is presented by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is executive producer. Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking River Cruises and Ralph Lauren Corporation with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust, created to help ensure the series’ future.