A month after ITV released the first trailer for the second series of Endeavour comes news that the hit mystery will debut in the US on PBS this summer. Wahoo!
Stateside viewers cannot get enough of the murders and mayhem that occur in 1960s Oxford, England, so it is fabulous news that Series 2 of Endeavour will cross the pond from ITV, where it is currently screening, to PBS, where it will debut in late July 2014.
Reprising his role as Detective Constable Endeavour Morse is Shaun Evans (The Take, The Last Weekend), who shared this about his character:
“Let’s face it, there are a lot of detective shows out there. I think it needs to be different and interesting – that’s what’s great about this particular character. Where else would you get a policeman who sings in a choir, who likes crosswords, went to Oxford, and is at the lower end of the police hierarchy? He’s an interesting character and an interesting human being. I think that’s what makes Endeavour unique.”
Starring alongside Evans is Roger Allam (The Thick of It, Parade’s End), who reprises his role as Morse’s paternal boss, Detective Inspector Fred Thursday. Said Allam of the Thursday-Morse relationship:
“I think if you lack a warm father figure in your life perhaps you do seek another. It’s not something either of them do consciously. It’s a nurturing relationship and they offer support for each other.”
Regular Series 1 cast members return to Series 2 as well, including Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones) as Chief Superintendent Bright, Jack Laskey (Hatfields & McCoys) as DS Peter Jakes, James Bradshaw (Primeval) as pathologist Dr. Max DeBryn, Sean Rigby as PC Jim Strange, and Abigail Thaw (Agatha Christie’s Poirot) as newspaper editor Dorothea Frazil.
If you haven’t yet seen the trailer, check it out below.
The second series of Endeavour is comprised of four feature-length episodes written by acclaimed screenwriter and Morse contributor, Russell Lewis.
After a four-month leave of absence following the dramatic Series 1 finale, Morse returns to Oxford a physically and emotionally wounded man, but one intent on getting back to the detective work, in “Trove.” There are three seemingly unrelated cases — a possible suicide, a missing person, and a theft — but Morse sees connections that others don’t.
In “Nocturne,” the World Cup is all anyone seems to care about, except for Morse, whose investigation of an elderly man’s murder at a museum leads him to a girls’ school, where a series of murders had taken place nearly a century ago. When one of the students disappears, and others claim to have seen the ghost of one of the victims, the case gets downright spooky.
Bonfire Night is approaching when “Sway” opens, and the Oxford City Police are on edge. A third woman is found strangled in her home and the manhunt for the Oxford Strangler is on. During the course of the investigation, DI Thursday has a chance encounter that brings up painful memories, and Morse, too, must deal with personal travails while threading together clues that connect the victims.
And in “Neverland,” both Morse and Thursday are questioning their respective places on the police force while two cases — a missing boy from a broken home and the discovery of a journalist’s dead body — are keeping them busy. When a petty criminal escapes from prison and sets off a chain reaction that threatens to expose corruption and cronyism in the police force and malfeasance in the upper echelons of Oxford society, the detectives must band together… or else.
Endeavour: Series 2 begins screening in the US on Sunday, 29 June 2014, at 9 PM ET on Masterpiece Mystery on PBS. (Check your local listings.) The day after they are broadcast, episodes will be available for streaming at the PBS video portal for a limited time.