Welcome to another weekly round up of news in the Morse universe. Two big pieces of news are that the fifth series has been confirmed with SIX episode and will start in January 2018. The second piece of news is that I received an email this morning offering me a walk on part in the new series. My character’s name will be Olaf Priol. Very exciting.
Anyway let’s get started with news from Twitter. Because last week’s post was a tribute to Colin Dexter there will be tweets etc that date back to the previous week.
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Mar 22, 2017 Crime Scene – Issue 7 2017 http://endeavourfiles.tumblr.com/
Endeavour will return to ITV with a bumper-length fifth series
Get ready for even more of young Inspector Morse.
Endeavour has only just finished its fourth series and it’s already got a bumper run set for next year.
In a totally unsurprising move, ITV has recommissioned the critically acclaimed and much-loved Inspector Morse prequel series for a fifth go, also extending it from the usual four episodes to six.
The new series will be set in 1968 and is going into production in spring. Shaun Evans and Roger Allam will be reprising their roles as the young Morse and his senior officer, Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, respectively.
Also returning will be Dakota Blue Richards as WPC Shirley Trewlove, Game of Thrones’ Anton Lesser as Chief Superintendent Reginald Bright and Abigail Thaw as Dorothea Frazil.
Marking the 30th anniversary of Inspector Morse on ITV, the first episode of the fourth series drew in 6.8 million viewers, its biggest audience since 2014 and up on the year-on-year average.
“The prospect of creating further chapters in Morse’s secret history is always exciting, but expanding our quartet of investigations to a sextet gives us the opportunity to deliver a truly epic year in the life of Colin Dexter’s immortal creation,” enthused creator Russell Lewis.
Before the fourth series aired, Evans told Digital Spy that he’s always refused to sign up for more than one series at a time on Endeavour.
“I just don’t really like starting a job if I don’t know where it finishes,” he explained. “I want to know where something begins and ends, so that you can invest something in it.”
His co-star Richards also praised Endeavour’s forward thinking: “Just because a show is not set in the present day, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have female characters, or that it shouldn’t have characters of other ethnicities.”
Endeavour returns to ITV in 2018.
http://www.tv-eh.com. A picture of Jack Laskey (DS Peter Jakes) in X Company
White Horse, Oxford, pub review by Chris Arnot 31 MARCH 2017
It was a pure coincidence. At lunchtime I was face-to-face with Inspector Morse – or rather a photograph of the late John Thaw, who played the cerebral sleuth on ITV. He was occupying part of the abundance of wood panelling around the ancient walls and below the sloping beams of the 16th-century White Horse in Oxford.
Yes, Lewis was there, too, in the form of the actor Kevin Whately. And over the bar was a shot of Shaun Evans, who plays the younger Morse in Endeavour. A few hours later I turned on the news and discovered that the writer who had created Morse, sequel and prequel, had died aged 86.
Colin Dexter would have liked the White Horse, I suspect. Not, perhaps, on a Friday or Saturday evening when its limited floor-space would be heaving with students from nearby Trinity College, but certainly at lunchtime, with little to interrupt the flow of thought: no jukebox or background music; no games machines; no TV.
For the man who turned Oxford into the Nineties’ definitive city of screaming pyres shared with his most famous creation a love of crosswords. And beer, of course.
Almost all the draught beers here were comparatively local. There was a White Horse bitter from Stanford in the Vale and a nicely balanced copper-coloured session ale called Oxford Prospect, brewed even closer to home. Plus the zesty Brakspear Oxford Gold from Witney, 12 miles away.
The Gold stood up very nicely to the curried chicken in my South African “bunny chow”. No, I’d never heard of it either, despite having been to Cape Town twice. It originated in Durban, apparently. Lovely big and spicy chicken chunks, served in a hollowed-out loaf; in the White Horse at least, there are some properly roasted potatoes in there, too.
Conversations at the tables running along this narrow and intimate bar were as hushed as those in Blackwell’s bookshop next door. Whether customers were talking about nuclear physics or Shakespeare’s problem plays it was difficult to tell. But let’s hope nobody was discussing the discovery of a battered body by the banks of the Isis or below the bell tower at Magdalen.
That should remain the stuff of fiction.
White Horse; 52 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BB; 01865 204801
Sara Vickers Showreel 2016
from Curtis Brown Group
Jack Bannon (Sam Thursday) in the play Filthy Business at Hampstead Theatre.
04 May, 2017 UK Premiere. The Hippopotamus will be opening the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival at BFI Southbank. There will be a Q&A with director and cast afterwards. Tickets are now on sale.
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