December 29, 2011

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Endeavour: Will the frosty reception for the new Morse thaw?: ITV's 'Endeavour' imagines the early years of Oxford sleuth Inspector Morse. Olly Grant, 12/29/11, Telegraph)

Liverpool-born actor Shaun Evans was under no illusion of the daunting task he faced stepping into the shoes of the late John Thaw. Last August, 31-year-old Evans was unveiled as the face of ITV's Inspector Morse prequel, Endeavour - the title referring to Morse's long-hidden Christian name - which airs on Monday, marking the 25th anniversary of the original series.

Set in 1965, it sees Colin Dexter's beloved sleuth transformed into a younger version of the Morse we knew from 1987 until 2000. A rookie cop. A teetotaller. A proto-Morse. And a disillusioned one, on the brink of resigning from the force. "You find him at a point where he's like, 'I don't know if I can do this any more,' " says Evans. Until, that is, a murder case sets him on the road to, well, everything that follows.
News of the prequel catapulted Evans from rising star (best known for gangster drama The Take) to object of mainstream scrutiny. Fan reaction, though, was mostly disapproving - not of Evans so much as the toying with Morse's legacy.
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