10 February 2020 14:30
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.
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.
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.