Mine's "Countryfile". I live in London (zone 2) and have little interest or interaction with the countryside (despite having spent my first 18 years in rural Leicestershire). For some reason, whenever i see it, i'm hooked to the end of the show.
I think it's part of my weekend wind down after dealing with small children during the day.
Two returning "guilty pleasure" ITV shows (I actually think they're better than that, but a bit embarrassed to create a thread) - Morse spin-off/prequel series Lewis and Endeavour ...
Despite actually ending last year, ITV decided to bring it back, so Lewis returns in a fortnight (Fri 10th Oct, 9.00pm - 10.00pm) for its eighth series (6 x 60 min = three 2-parters), this time with Hathaway back and promoted to Inspector and his old boss Lewis brought out of retirement
A year and a half after the conclusion of the previous series – which left Robbie Lewis (Kevin Whately) focused on his retirement plans and James Hathaway (Laurence Fox) abandoning the Oxfordshire Police for an uncertain future – we find Oxford not quite as we left it.
Hathaway, after a year spent ‘taking a walk’, decided that a policeman’s life was something worth committing to. He’s been fast-tracked through the promotion boards and two months ago, on Innocent’s advice, he took his inspector’s exams in London. He passed with flying colours.
We pick up four weeks into his new career as DI Hathaway of the Oxfordshire Police, and he’s already onto his second sergeant, DS Lizzie Maddox (Angela Griffin), having acrimoniously parted with his first.
It’s still not working. Diligent as ever, always the brilliant detective, Hathaway is too introverted and solipsistic to work as a boss. Maddox, desperate to learn – to help – is getting nowhere. Add to this a severe manpower crisis – plenty of troops, not many veterans – and Innocent (Rebecca Front) has a crisis unfolding. Her solution: Lewis.
ITV commissions a new series of Endeavour from Mammoth Screen
Four new films from Mammoth Screen’s successful crime drama, Endeavour, have been commissioned by ITV.
Following the success of the second series shown on ITV earlier this year, the third series will once again be written by Lewis creator and Inspector Morse writer, Russell Lewis.
The new series of Endeavour will be set in 1967, picking up from the dramatic second series finale that saw Endeavour Morse
placed in police custody, framed for a murder he didn’t commit, and DI Fred Thursday's life hanging in the balance after being shot in the chest.
Whether Thursday will survive - and what impact the fall-out from this will have upon Morse and his colleagues - remains to be seen. All the pieces are up in the air. Where they will land is anybody’s guess…
The only certainty is that Shaun Evans (The Last Weekend; Silk) will return to film the new series in Oxford, once again donning the shabby raincoat and inhabiting the down-at-heel digs of young Detective Constable E. Morse.
As a prequel to the much-revered Inspector Morse, Endeavour debuted in 2012 with a feature length story to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Morse. Shaun Evans won over critics and viewers alike with his portrayal of young Morse and consequently, the film became the highest performing new drama title to air on ITV that year.
The second series returned in March 2014 with a peak audience of 7.0m and a 27% share, making it one of the best performing returning drama series on ITV so far this year. The final film was ITV's best performing drama of any type for ABC1 Men during 2014.
Russell Lewis is the Executive Producer alongside Mammoth Screen’s Michele Buck and Damien Timmer.
Russell Lewis said: “Endeavour '67... Pepper – Piper – Purple Haze... As 'Oxford's finest' encounter friends and foes both old and new, our next quartet of mysteries will take the audience on a psychedelic Summer of Love fairground ride, filled with twists and turns, shrieks and scares. For something wicked this way comes...”
“I'm really excited to be revisiting the '60's as young Morse,” added Shaun Evans. “The audience reaction to Endeavour has been fantastic and this series promises to be the best we've made so far. It'll be well worth the wait!”
Director of Drama Commissioning Steve November said: "We are delighted be working with Mammoth Screen on a third series of Endeavour. Russell Lewis has created four more fantastic stories and we're looking forward to seeing Shaun Evans reprise his role as young Morse."
Acclaimed novelist Colin Dexter, whose first Morse story was published in 1975, continues his association with the drama acting as a consultant to Endeavour producers, Mammoth Screen.
Endeavour will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.