READING’s oldest department store was transformed into the set for an episode of the eagerly awaited second series of Endeavour.

Camera crews descended upon Jackson’s in King’s Road to film the new four-episode series, which is an ongoing prequel to the long-running Inspector Morse dramas.

Cast and crew, including the main star Shaun Evans, used the iconic shop’s empty first floor to film scenes set in a department store on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday last week for the ITV series which is due to hit our screens early next year.

Jackson’s managing director Brian Carter said despite the bedlam of having a film crew milling about the store, it was a welcome distraction from the department store’s closure on Christmas Eve.

He added: “They have moved everything around and I don’t think anybody knows whose things belong to who anymore. But we were very happy to have them because it has cheered everyone up a bit.

“It has taken people’s minds off what has been happening and it has been a bit of excitement before we close.”