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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.
When Does Season 8 of Endeavour Air & Where Can I Watch It?
Endeavour stars Shaun Evans as Endeavour Morse, with Roger Allam as 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. Roger Allam plays Inspector Fred Thursday, who names Morse his “bag man” and takes him under his wing.
ITV renewed the series for Season 8, and it was originally set to air in 2021. Right now, we don’t know what the coronavirus-related shutdowns mean for the production and filming of Endeavour.
In a recent interview, creator Russell Lewis mentioned an interesting script problem created by the lockdown. Unlike many period dramas, Endeavour has always set the story 50 years prior to the year of broadcast. In other words, a series slated to air in 2021 would have been set in 1971.
Unless they fly through production in record time (tough to do with social distancing and all the extra precautions), there's a good chance the script will need to be modified a bit to change the timeline.
UPDATE: Casting calls have said that filming will begin in March 2021 in and around Oxford.
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.
So far, there have been few details about the production or plot of series 8. What we do know is that they hope to set the season in 1971 – though 1972 is certainly a possibility at this point. It’s unclear where Morse and Thursday’s partnership stands after the series 7 finale.
Shaun Evans will reprise his role as DS Morse, as will Roger Allam as DCI Fred Thursday.
A notable absence from season 7 was Fred Thursday’s daughter Joan, played by Sara Vickers. The absence wasn’t plot-related though – Vickers had a baby and was unavailable for filming. It has been confirmed that she will return for series 8.
Although there is no official word, we expect to see other familiar faces such as James Bradshaw as Dr. Max DeBryn, Sean Rigby as Jim Strange, and Anton Lesser as Reginald Bright.
Abigail Thaw, who is the daughter of Inspector Morse actor John Thaw, will presumably be returning to play her role as Oxford Mail newspaper editor Abigail Thaw. None of this has been confirmed, so we’ll update the post when we have more information.
There will likely be 3-4 episodes of Endeavour Season 8, and it's likely to appear on PBS Masterpiece (as past seasons have), but we’ll update when we know more.
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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