Marking the 30th anniversary of the first broadcast of Inspector Morse on ITV, the new series sees Shaun Evans reprise his role as the young Endeavour Morse alongside stage and screen actor Roger Allam as mentor Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, for a brand new set of complex cases.
In the second episode, caught between the rapid advance of the permissive society and the widespread change in social attitudes across the UK in 1967, Endeavor finds himself caught in the crossfire between liberalising forces and deep reactionary conservatism. During a speaking tour of￼Oxford, Joy Pettybon (Sylvestra Le Touzel) is attempting to collect signatures for her Keep Britain Decent campaign, but the hardline of her picketing has led to her receiving death threats, and Endeavour must now keep her safe.
The most difficult part of his job is keeping Mrs Pettybon separated from Nick Wilding (Will Payne), her nemesis of television chat shows and lead singer of pop group The Wildwood, currently holed up in Maplewick Hall, rehearsing material for their next LP. The recording is thrown off course when the body of local brickie Barry Finch, who had been working at the hall, is discovered in the middle of Oxford. Soon afterwards there is another killing connected to Joy Pettybon’s censorship campaign and Endeavour must immerse himself in the social revolution before horror can strike again.
Endeavour: Canticle airs on Sunday 15th January 2017 from 8.00-10.00pm on ITV