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10 February 2020 14:30

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Endeavour 2020 cast and spoilers from new series of the ITV drama

ITV's Endeavour is back on our screens in February 2020 with a host of guest stars arriving to spice up the action. Inspector Endeavour Morse is one of the best-known figures in the fictional crime-fighting world. The Oxford-based policeman has been a near-permanent fixture in novels and on our screens for the last four and a half decades and now a new series of ITV's Endeavour has arrived on ITV. While Oxford may be Morse's usual stomping ground, series 7 begins with Morse on a Venetian adventure where he strikes up a relationship with the stunning Violetta Talenti. The episode does eventually bring Morse back to Oxford where he is unexpectedly introduced to Violetta's husband, Ludo Talenti.

MEET THE CAST: Endeavour kick-starts series 7 with exceptional guest stars ITV's Endeavour returned to our screens on Sunday, February 9th and initially begins with Morse enjoying a well-earned break from police duties with a holiday in Venice where he strikes up a relationship with the stunning Violetta Talenti. Meanwhile, back in Oxford, Thursday is investigating the murder of a woman by the name of Molly Andrews but the chief suspect, her boyfriend has a pretty strong alibi. Meet Ludo Talenti actor Ryan Gage While back in Oxford, Morse unexpectedly crosses paths with a man by the name of Ludo Talenti, the husband of Violetta who Morse met in Venice. Fans of the Lord of the Rings prequels, The Hobbit, will recognise the actor playing Ludo as 37-year-old Ryan Gage who played the much-loathed character of Alfred Lickspittle in the second and third instalments of The Hobbit trilogy. Despite his relatively young age, Ryan Gage has an impressive 28 acting roles under his belt but it's hardly surprising after he make his on-screen debut at the age of just 12 in the 1995 film Judge Dredd.

Meet Ludo tonight on Endevour @ITV 8pm pic.twitter.com/4dyiA77an3 — Ryan Gage (@RyanGage) February 9, 2020 Since making his debut, Gage has gone on to appear in a host of TV and film roles and is also a regular theatre actor. The most prominent of his on-screen acting roles obviously came in the somewhat divisive The Hobbit trilogy as we've mentioned but more favourable roles have come in the likes of the 2007 film Outlaw as well as the BBC series The Musketeers where he played the pivotal role of King Louis. As well as his traditional acting roles, Ryan Gage is also a keen voice actor and has credits in the video games Bloodborne and Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers among others. Ryan Gage is set to return as Ludo Talenti in the second episode of Endeavour's seventh series on February 16th on ITV. There was Morse (Shaun Evans) enjoying a night at the opera in Venice, seducing a sultry beauty and taking her back his hotel.

Thursday thought he had his latest case solved – when a barmaid was found murdered on New Year's Day, he pinned the crime on her jealous boyfriend. ITV's compelling Inspector Morse prequel is back on screens tonight (Sunday, February 9). The series returns for its seventh series which will see a young Endeavour Morse (played by Shaun Evans) and his partner Fred Thursday (Roger Allam) taking on a series of new cases set on the cusp of the 1970s. However, with the show nearing the end of its timeline - parent series Inspector Morse started in the 1980s - could the end by in sight for one character? READ MORE: Endeavour season 7 ITV air date, cast, trailer, plot "I think what we have to explain - however Russell Lewis our writer decides to do that - [is] why it is Inspector Morse as John Thaw played him never ever mentioned a man called Fred Thursday." The V for Vendetta actor's words hint it could be curtains for the character, who isn't mentioned in Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse novels either.

However, it looks like Thursday is going to survive the new series but it's not looking good. Endeavour: Thursday is never mentioned in the Inspector Morse books Endeavour: Thursday and Morse will face discord Season eight has already been commissioned by ITV but it could be the last after lead star Evans hinted the end was in sight. The star said he ITV series was most likely to be wrapping up before the show caught up with Inspector Morse. Endeavour star Shaun Evans: How the actor won over Inspector Morse [INSIGHT] Inspector Morse's legacy: John Thaw's daughter makes Endeavour photo [PICTURES] The actor seems to be suggesting something horrific will befall Thursday if Morse never speaks of him again. Endeavour is back on ITV tonight with its new series for 2020 - who's on the cast and what's it all about?

The show follows the early career of the young Endeavour Morse, played by acclaimed actor, Shaun Evans. Based on author Colin Dexter's characters, a brand new set of three films will see Evans reprise his role alongside celebrated star of stage and screen, Roger Allam as mentor DI Fred Thursday. Endeavour airs on Sunday nights at 8PM on ITV from February 9. Alongside Evans and Allam, also on the Endeavour cast for series 7, Anton Lesser (Game Of Thrones) returns as CS Reginald Bright, Sean Rigby (Gunpowder) as DS Jim Strange, James Bradshaw (Close To The Enemy) as Dr Max DeBryn, Abigail Thaw (I Want My Wife Back) as Dorothea Frazil and Caroline O'Neill (Last Tango In Halifax) as Win Thursday. Ludo - Ryan Gage As Endeavour sees in the new year – 1970 – at an opera house in Venice, a murder on an Oxford towpath speaks to Thursday's intuition, and convinced he has the man responsible, he vows to bring him to justice. Returning home, Endeavour makes a new acquaintance, and old friendships show signs of strain. Endeavour airs tonight, Sunday, February 9 at 8PM on ITV. The testy detective returned for a new series of Endeavour (ITV), easily the best period crime drama on telly and at its confident peak here. Shaun Evans (left) directed the first episode of the new Endeavour series, which also stars Roger Allam (right) Shaun Evans not only plays Morse but directed this episode. Morse visited Teatro la Fenice in Venice, while DCI Fred Thursday and his wife Win were enjoying a stand-up comic at the working men's club. He made a great show of befriending Morse — in fact, given the right paperwork, Ludo might have adopted him on the spot. I'm pretty sure the title of the opera where Morse and Mrs Ludo met will turn out to be an oblique clue.