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If you’ve been keeping up with Endeavour, it’s likely you already binged season 7. There were just 3 episodes in the latest series, but they were as good as ever.
Fans of the Oxford-based mystery have reason to be happy – Endeavour was renewed for an eighth season. There have been some delays due to the pandemic, but it IS coming eventually.
What's Endeavour About?
While most of our readers will be well familiar with the series, we always like to include a brief summary for those who are newer to British TV fandom.
Endeavour is a period mystery starring Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse, with Roger Allam as his mentor DCI Fred Thursday. The series is a prequel to the original Inspector Morse, a classic British mystery that ran for 33 episodes over seven seasons from 1987-1993.
Shaun Evans stars as a young Endeavour Morse working his way up through the ranks with the Oxford City Police CID. He's more cerebral than the average copper, having briefly attended Oxford. He's also a big fan of opera and puzzles, especially crosswords and crime. Roger Allam plays Inspector Fred Thursday, who names Morse his “bag man” and takes him under his wing.
When Does Season 8 of Endeavour Air & Where Can I Watch It?
The UK premiere date has recently been announced. The three episode series 8 will begin on Sunday, September 12th from 8-10pm on ITV.
When we have premiere dates for other countries, we'll update this post to add them.
Will Series 8 be the Last Season of Endeavour?
There is some evidence to suggest that Season 8 might be the last. In an interview with showrunner Russell Lewis, he hinted the show might be coming to its end in 1971 (season 8).
Lewis has stated he has always known how the show will end, and what he has in mind for the final episode.
Shaun Evans has also commented about bringing his time as Morse to an end.
One hint that season 8 will be the last is the number of episodes Endeavour has run to this point. The original Inspector Morse ran for 33 episodes, and Inspector Lewis ran for 33 episodes. It's been suggested that, out of respect for the original, none of the spin-offs would surpass that total. We're not aware of any specific rules requiring it to stop there, though – unlike the provision in Colin Dexter's will barring anyone else from filling the role of Morse.
What’s Happening in Season 8 of Endeavour?
***MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD***
***DO NOT READ FURTHER IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN SERIES 7***
Season 7 of Endeavour had several plotlines running concurrently. The first episode takes place in January 1970. Morse is on holiday in Venice, spending time with his latest love interest, Violetta Talenti.
Meanwhile back in Oxford, Thursday is investigating a murder along a towpath. Several months later, Morse is asked by Chief Superintendent Bright to take another look at the case. This sets in motion a series of events that see Morse and Thursday increasingly at odds on how to go after the ‘Towpath Killer’ who is now suspected of a string of murders along the canal.
Season 7 ends with some questions answered, but many more left open, making the wait for season 8 that much harder.
Some details about the upcoming episodes have been released:
Episode 1: Striker
It's 1971 now, and while Morse is still a bit weary from the events of recent years, he's still right in the heart of the action – albeit with a bit more alcohol these days.
A murder at an Oxford college has political ramifications, and the IRA have been making threats against the life of the Oxford Wanderers' star player. Endeavour will be asked to act as his bodyguard.
Episode 2: Scherzo
In May of 1971, a cab driver is found dead in his taxi, and investigations uncover the fact that he was deeply in debt to a colleague.
Somehow, this leads Endeavour and team to an nudist colony where they meet people who are fully enjoying the warm spring weather. Then, it's on to London's Soho district where they'll find themselves interviewing people who produce “blue movies”.
Back home in Oxford, Endeavour will get a visitor from his past, and continue further down his path of self-destruction and isolation.
Episode 3: T.B.A
We'll update this section when more details become available.
Who's Returning for Season 8 of Endeavour?
Not surprisingly, Shaun Evans will reprise his role as DS Morse, as will Roger Allam as DCI Fred Thursday. Other returning cast members include:
- CS Reginald Bright – Anton Lesser
- DS Jim Strange – Sean Rigby
- Dr Max DeBryn – James Bradshaw
- Dorothea Frazil – Abigail Thaw
- Win Thursday – Caroline O’neill
- Joan Thursday – Sara Vickers
Read the Inspector Morse Books
Inspector Morse is based on a series of novels by writer Colin Dexter. Although Endeavour isn’t based on Dexter’s novels, he was directly involved with the series through creator/writer Russell Lewis.
The novels, listed below, were written between 1975 and 1999. You can get the first three in a single volume here, or check out individual volumes below.
- Last Bus to Woodstock (1975)
- Last Seen Wearing (1976)
- The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (1977)
- Service of All the Dead (1979)
- The Dead of Jericho (1981)
- The Riddle of the Third Mile (1983)
- The Secret of Annexe 3 (1986)
- The Wench is Dead (1989)
- The Jewel That Was Ours (1991)
- The Way Through the Woods (1992)
- The Daughters of Cain (1994)
- Death is Now My Neighbour (1996)
- The Remorseful Day (1999)
Dexter also made Cameo appearances in each episode, until his death in 2017 at age 86. Dexter also made several posthumous cameos. See if you can spot them!
In addition to Endeavour, Inspector Morse had another spinoff series – Inspector Lewis.
If you like Inspector Morse and Endeavour, there are plenty of similar shows you might be interested in on PBS Masterpiece.
Will You Be Watching Season 8 of Endeavour?
Are you eagerly waiting for Endeavour Series 8? Let us know in the comments. We certainly are!
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