Endeavour Series 5

Shirley Henderson as Mari in Finding Clive

Endeavour’s series five has begun filming, with Poldark actor Lewis Peek joining the cast for the ITV prequel.

Shaun Evans returns as the recently promoted Detective Sergeant Endeavour Morse along with Roger Allam as Detective Chief Inspector Fred Thursday, with Peek joining the six-part series as new recruit Detective Constable George Fancy.

He previously played Ted Carkeek in the second series of Poldark, and will be joined by returning cast Anton Lesser (Game Of Thrones), Dakota Blue Richards (Skins), Sean Rigby (Isabella), James Bradshaw (Primeval), Caroline O’Neil (Last Tango In Halifax) and Abigail Thaw (I Want My Wife Back).

The new series opens with Morse having finally passed his Sergeant’s exams, as Oxford City Police merges into Thames Valley Constabulary.

Creator Russell Lewis said: “As production begins on Endeavour ’68, many of the global tensions of that most turbulent year have found their way into our six new mysteries. ’67’s Summer of Love seems already a distant memory.

“Dark clouds are gathering at home and abroad as, after almost 100 years, the long history of Oxford City Police comes to an end. A terrible storm is set to blow through the professional and personal lives of newly promoted Detective Sergeant Endeavour Morse and Oxford’s Finest, leaving devastation in its wake.”

Endeavour is based on the Inspector Morse novels which were written by Colin Dexter, who passed away in March. Production company Mammoth Screen’s Damien Timmer said of Dexter: “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.”

Endeavour series 5 will air on ITV in February 2018

This article appeared in Radio Times on-line

from a Long Marriage

Roger as Fred Thursday in Endeavour

Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam play a couple who have been married for over 40 years. Children of the Sixties, they’re still free spirits, drawn together by their passion for music – and each other.

The show follows their conversations that take them from the local café, to their kitchen table, taking in her resentment of new glasses – a symbol of ageing – and fury at being lectured by the dental hygienist. He has a dodgy knee and is on statins, and when they discuss the marriage break-up of their closest friends, Sally and Peter, there’s jealousy and talk of affairs. She suggests there are advantages to single beds, separate holidays and wants to go clubbing in Ibiza for her imminent ‘big’ birthday.

When a couple stop kissing each other, the marriage is in trouble, she believes, ‘what it says in the Shoop Shoop Song is so true. It IS in his kiss!’

Written for Joanna Lumley by award-winning comedy writer and journalist Jan Etherington, who herself has been married for 33 years. Jan has created and written many long-running radio and television series with her husband Gavin Petrie (Second Thoughts, Next of Kin, Faith in the Future) and has written sketches for the likes of Radio 4’s Ayres on the Air, but this is her first solo-scripted, half hour comedy. She says: “Conversations from a Long Marriage will resonate with couples of any age but especially those who are still dancing in the kitchen, singing in the car and trying to keep the passion alive.”

First aired on BBC Radio 4 on 1st January 2018 you can still listen to this play on-line until the end of January by clicking on this LINK

The Moderate Soprano

Limehouse at The Donmar

David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano is to transfer to the West End.

Jeremy Herrin’s production will run at the Duke of York’s Theatre from April 5 to June 30.

The play premiered at London’s Hampstead Theatre in 2015.

Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll are to reprise their roles as Glyndebourne opera house founder John Christie and his wife Audrey Mildmay, with further casting to be announced.

Set and costume design will be by Bob Crowley.

Hare said: “Few people know the extraordinary story of how an eccentric English schoolmaster bumped accidentally into three refugees from Hitler’s Germany, and formed one of the world’s great opera houses in the 1930s in the middle of the English countryside.

“But even fewer know that Glyndebourne’s true founder was John Christie’s adored wife, Audrey Mildmay, whom he called the moderate soprano.”

Gus Christie, grandchild of John Christie, said: “I am delighted that David Hare’s play about the origins of Glyndebourne, which sheds light on my grandparents’ extraordinary vision and the creative tensions that existed in pulling it off, is coming to the West End in the spring.”

The Moderate Soprano is produced in the West End by Matthew Byam Shaw, Nia Janis and Nick Salmon for Playful Productions, Caro Newling for Neal Street Productions, Karl Sydow and Greg Ripley-Duggan for Hampstead Theatre, in association with Raymond Gubbay and Bob Bartner.

This article appeared in The Stage On-Line