Sunday, June 11
“Morse and The Last Endeavour: A MASTERPIECE Mystery! Special” at 8 p.m.
It’s the end of an era as the epic tale of Inspector Morse, the iconic Oxford detective celebrated the world over, draws to a close. From the original “Inspector Morse” (1987-2000) to the spin-off series “Inspector Lewis” (2006-2015) to a decade of the detective’s backstory in “Endeavour,” the Oxford universe of crime has continued to fascinate viewers and enjoy enormous global appeal.
“Morse and The Last Endeavour: A MASTERPIECE Mystery! Special” features interviews with the main cast members who reflect on the rich appeal of the series set in 1960s Britain. It also goes behind the scenes during the filming of “Endeavour’s” last season, as decades of interconnecting plots are tied together. Actress Abigail Thaw, daughter of original “Morse” star John Thaw, reveals how she became a regular member of the “Endeavour” cast as newspaper editor Dorothea Frazil. Kevin Whately, who starred as Sergeant Lewis in “Morse,” reflects on the tremendous effect the hit detective series had on his career. And “Endeavour” star Shaun Evans traces his journey from acting to directing episodes of the series.
“Endeavour: A Countdown to the Final Goodbye” at 9 p.m.
For the past decade, Shaun Evans and Roger Allam, the detective duo at the heart of the series “Endeavour,” have charmed audiences with their portrayals of the cerebral and solitary DS Morse and the older and wiser DCI Fred Thursday. After 10 phenomenally successful years, Evans, Allam and screenwriter Russell Lewis have mutually decided to bring the internationally renowned MASTERPIECE series to a close with season 9.
“Endeavour has been a real labor of love for all of us, and we salute Russell Lewis for his extraordinary achievement in chronicling Endeavour Morse’s coming of age across 72 hours of TV,” said Executive Producer Damien Timmer. “Russell always knew where he wanted the series to end, and that remorseful day is nearly upon us.”
He has many surprises up his sleeve for the final three films, with the return of some familiar faces and new challenges for Endeavour and Thursday to face before the final goodbye.