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Morse returns to TV... as a rookie detective

Inspector Morse is returning to our screens 25 years after the character's first appearance on television, in a one-off show about the detective's early career.

The new programme, which will be filmed in Oxford, England, and will go on air next year, stars Shaun Evans in the role made famous by John Thaw.

Evans said: "Morse as a young man is a wonderful character that I'm very excited to be playing. My hope is that we can complement what's come before, by telling a great story, and telling it well."

The programme, set in 1965, revolves around a hunt for a missing schoolgirl and gives viewers the chance to see where the detective's love for crosswords, classical music, real ale and classic cars comes from.

ITV drama commissioner Laura Mackie said the programme, called Endeavour after Morse's first name, was "a beautifully written story".

The first Morse was broadcast in 1987 with a total of 33 films made over the following 13 years. Nearly 14 million people tuned in to watch the final episode in 2000 when novelist Colin Dexter's eponymous hero died from a heart attack.