25 March 2014 6:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

First there was John Thaw, then there was young Shaun Evans. Now there must never be anyone else to take on the role of the detective, stipulates a clause in the writer's will

Name: Inspector Endeavour Morse.

Age: Deceased.

Appearance: Either old, grey-haired and cerebral or young, blondish and slightly less cerebral.

Nothing in between? Nope. Nothing at all. When Inspector Morse was in his late 20s, he looked a lot like the actor Shaun Evans. Then he vanished for a couple of decades, came back looking a lot like John Thaw and then he died.

What about the missing years? We'll never find out. Creator Colin Dexter has made it as clear as possible that Evans, star of the 60s-set ITV prequel series Endeavour, will be the last actor ever to play Morse.

How has he managed that? By writing a clause in his will forbidding anyone else from playing the detective. »

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