Endeavour Season 8: Premiere Date & Where to Watch

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Shaun Evans as DI Morse and Roger Allam as DCI Fred Thursday

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?

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Shaun Evans and Roger Allam in Endeavour

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?

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Morse enjoying a good brew

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? 

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Thursday, Strange, and Morse along the towpath in Series 7 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?

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Endeavour, Series 8

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

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Colin Dexter makes a cameo appearance in Endeavour

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.

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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35 Comments

  1. I am so glad there’ll be a season eight. As an American viewer who loves British TV and detective stories, Morse and Endeavour have always been to me the best and the spin-off of Lewis was a wonderful continuing saga of a familiar “friend”. I’m so glad I was able to watch them all. Thank heaven for the British streaming apps!! I’m so glad they’ll always be there for all to watch again and again.

  2. Can not wait for season 8. But 3 episodes is simply not enough! I demand you produce more, I implore you do more, I plead with you to do more, I beg you to make more!

  3. I love this program, the Actors are fabulous, great writing, music, Oxford, just everything about this series, wished it wouldn’t end. Thank you for a great series!! ❤❤

  4. Found Endeavour on Britbox and absolutely love it!! Have binged seasons 1 – 7 and look forward to season 8!! A great cast! Wish there would be more than 3 episodes.
    Great writing, acting and musical score, ad beautiful shots of Oxford. Just love it!!

  5. I love watching endeavour thanks to my parents, so glad there will be another season. Will need to catch up so will re-watch the other episodes which are all brilliant.

  6. Love Endeavour! Enjoying the acting, writing, setting and directing so much and the grand classical music scoring. Endeavour is such a complex, layered young man, fascinating. And Thursday threw us some surprises. Evans and Allam, just the greatest. Sending heartfelt appreciation to the creative team!

  7. We just binged all seven seasons… some until the wee hours of the morning. Happy to know there’s a season 8, although I’m sorry it’s going to eventually end.

  8. Yes! More (and more, and more) Endeavour PLEASE. The cast, writing, directing, location and period scene-setting are all unsurpassed. It is my favorite PBS Masterpierce series, of which there have been many – all the way back to Alistair Cook days.

  9. I am an avid fan of Endevour, Morse, Lewis , Midsummer Murder & every other British mystery shows televised by PBS. They are the best of their genre & as I have been watching Endevour since 2012-2013 I am anxiously waiting for Season 8, which appears to be the last.

  10. Absolutely love Endeavour. Shaun Evans and the rest of the cast are superb. I too wish Endeavour could go on forever. If this is the final season give us more than 3 episodes – 5 would be perfect.

  11. Absolutely love this show! Happened upon it by accident in season 3. So much attention to detail of late ’60s, fashion, news parallels and those great cars! Superb acting, photography, story surprises and music.. I have rewatched all seasons twice during pandemic!

  12. My husband and I just finished season 7 and we are so looking forward to season 8. Please hurry we are suffering!

    • British Copper series are the best! I’ve been on a kick of British Tv and just love the town of Oxford. Bucket list thanks to DS Morse, and DCI Thursday. While they get rid of police drama here in the U.S. Well written police stories in England are Strong and Excellent! Sorry to see that Season 8 will be the Finale, I could of watched Endeavour for ten more years!

  13. I am absolutely dying to watch the new season of Endevor. Of course I like Endevor but find Thursday what you might call a dashing gentleman.
    Storylines are very interesting, keeping my interest throughout.

  14. I enjoyed the 7 past seasons and wait for the 8th. All the cast is amazing and many of the episodes are masterpieces. Congratulations. xxx from Argentina.

  15. Endeavour has been a captivating series–really kept me entertained during the Pandemic. I’m hopeful Morse will kindle a romance with Jane Thursday in season 8. I just love the introductions of each episode with the film clips and beautiful background music. Truly a classy series. British productions like this are the epitome of entertainment!

  16. I certainly hope that Series 8 will not be the last season. It is by far my favorite program. Glad to read that Sarah Vickers will return. I find her scenes with Morse to be one of the highlights of the series!

  17. Definitely yes. We have loved all three programmes, Morse, Lewis and Endeavour. We watch the reruns too.

  18. If you still need people to walk around Oxford, I’m available! It’s just a short plane ride from LB Airport to Heathrow!
    I wish Endeavour would continue indefinitely. It is the most thought provoking show streaming and all the actors are superb. Russell Lewis is a genius. Keep it going!

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