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The following is from digitalspy.com by JUSTIN HARP.
Endeavour’s upcoming fifth series will pay tribute to the late Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter in a very special way.
Dexter — who passed away at age 86 last March — was that rare author who not only created his long-running Inspector Morse series of novels, but also was part of the process of adapting them for the ITV series of the same name.
He turned over the reigns for prequel series Endeavour to showrunner Russell Lewis, who has now planned a fitting tribute to the late writer in upcoming episodes.
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“For us, he was our true north,” Lewis said. “I hope everything we’ve done honours his creation and his spirit. He is still a presence for us. His initial creation of Morse and then it being turned into television from 1987 onwards, we never forget that for a minute.
“That’s what keeps us at it. We don’t want to let his standards, and the standards of the three shows – Morse, Lewis and now Endeavour – to drop in any way, shape or form. ‘What would Colin do?’ is our cri de coeur.
“Colin was physically absent in the last series but made appearances via portraits and so on. We asked the family if they were happy for that to continue and they gave us their blessing. It really wouldn’t be the same without our master somewhere in there.”
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Producer Damien Timmer of Mammoth Screen added: “It was a privilege to work with Colin on Endeavour, and everyone involved will miss his contribution to the show.
“He was the most delightful collaborator with a razor shape mind. We hope this new series will continue to do his legacy justice.”
Shaun Evans plays the young Endeavour Morse in a prequel taking place at the very beginning of the detective’s tenure working with the Oxford City Police.