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MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! Endeavour, Series I

Airs Thursdays, May 29, June 12, 19 & 26, 2014 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Left to Right: Jack Laskey as DS Peter Jakes, Shaun Evans as Endeavour, Anton Lesser as Ch Supt Bright and Roger Allam as DI Fred Thursday.

Before Inspector Morse, there was the rookie Constable Morse, fed up with police work and ready to nip his career in the bud by handing in his resignation. That is, until a murder turned up that only he could solve. Following on the success of the 2011 "Endeavour" pilot, Shaun Evans returned in four new episodes as the young Endeavour Morse—before his signature red Jaguar but with his deductive powers already running in high gear. Set in 1960s Oxford, ENDEAVOUR is written by Inspector Lewis creator and Inspector Morse writer Russell Lewis.

Courtesy of (C) Patrick Redmond/ITV/Mammoth for MASTERPIECE

Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse and Roger Allam as DI Thursday.

Courtesy of (C) Patrick Redmond/ITV/Mammoth for MASTERPIECE

Sean Rigby as PC Strange.

Courtesy of (C) Patrick Redmond/ITV/Mammoth for MASTERPIECE

Roger Allam as DI Thursday, Jack Laskey as DS Peter Jakes and Shaun Evans as Endeavour.

Courtesy of (C) Jonathan Ford/ITV/Mammoth for MASTERPIECE

Maimie McCoy as Alice and Shaun Evans as Endeavour.

Acclaimed stage and screen actor Roger Allam ("Parade's End," "The Thick of It") is back as Morse's senior partner and mentor, Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, and Sean Rigby takes on the role of the young, competitive PC Strange, a character who appeared in the original INSPECTOR MORSE series.

Shakespearean actor Anton Lesser ("Little Dorrit") plays the imposing new Oxford Police Chief Superintendent Bright, and John Thaw's daughter Abigail Thaw returns in guest appearances as journalist Dorothea Frazil.

Episode One: "Girl" repeats Thursday, May 29 at 10 p.m. - DC Morse and DI Thursday investigate burgled gas meters, the sudden death of a young secretarial student and a string of Post Office robberies, confounding the solution to a pair of violent murders. Could Morse’s future on the force be in jeopardy? (watch a preview below)

Episode Two: "Fugue" repeats Thursday, June 12 at 10 p.m. - Morse and Thursday are confronted with a new breed of murderer, as a string of Oxford homicides continues with no end in sight. The entire police department is working round the clock and a special expert comes on to assist, but Morse’s love of opera may be the key to stopping the killing … (watch a preview below)

Episode Three: "Rocket" repeats Thursday, June19 at 10 p.m. - A royal visit to a family-owned munitions factory begins as a proud occasion for the people of Oxford, but the joyous day ends with murder. Morse delves into the family’s murky past, as well as his own, as he attempts to uncover the culprit before more lives are lost. (watch a preview below)

Episode Four: "Home" repeats Thursday, June 26 at 10 p.m. - While studying for his upcoming sergeant’s exam, Morse investigates the hit-and-run death of an eminent Oxford professor. The pressure mounts with his father’s illness and the appearance of an enemy threatening to reveal aspects of Inspector Thursday’s past. In the end, Morse must choose between the responsibilities of his job and loyalty to his mentor. (watch a preview below)

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Endeavour Preview

Endeavour, starring Shaun Evans, premieres Sunday, July 1, 2012, on Masterpiece Mystery at 9pm ET/CT. Check local listings.

Endeavour: Girl Preview

Watch a preview of Endeavour: Girl, starring Shaun Evans, before it airs Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 9pm ET, on PBS's MASTERPIECE.

Endeavour: Fugue Preview

Watch a preview of Endeavour: Fugue, starring Shaun Evans, before it airs Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 9pm ET, on PBS's MASTERPIECE.

Endeavour: Rocket Preview

Watch a preview of Endeavour: Rocket, starring Shaun Evans, before it airs Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 9pm ET, on PBS's MASTERPIECE.

Endeavour: Home Preview

Watch a preview of Endeavour: Home, starring Shaun Evans, before it airs Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 9pm ET, on PBS's MASTERPIECE.

Endeavour: Shaun Evans and Abigail Thaw

Endeavour stars Shaun Evans and Abigail Thaw discuss their emotional scene together.

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Endeavour: Abigail Thaw on Her Father & Morse

Above: ENDEAVOUR actress Abigail Thaw describes her father, actor John Thaw, and his relationship to the iconic character he created, Inspector Morse.