Shaun Evans has been cast to play a young Inspector Morse, ITV has confirmed.

The actor, who starred alongside Tom Hardy in Sky’s gritty crime drama The Take, will play step into the late John Thaw’s shoes to play young detective constable Endeavour Morse in one-off drama Endeavour.

The film gives audiences the chance to discover what happened in the early years of Colin Dexter’s iconic character.

Set in 1965, the story following the hunt for a missing school which draws Endeavour More back to the place that will define his destine – Oxford.

The single drama will mark the 25th anniversary of the very first episode of Inspector Morse, which transmitted in 1987. Over the next 13 years 33 Inspector Morse films were made.

Of his new role, Evans said: “Morse as a young man is a wonderful character that I’m very excited to be playing. My hope is that we can compliment what comes before, by telling a great story and telling it well.”

Endeavour starts filming in Oxford in the autumn to air early next year.