Endeavour Season 8: Premiere Date & Where to Watch

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Endeavour Series 8 Premiere Date
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.

When Does Season 8 of Endeavour Air & Where Can I Watch It? 

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Shaun Evans and Roger Allam in Endeavour

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?

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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? 

When Does Endeavour Series 8 Premiere
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. 

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. 

Sara Vickers as Joan Thursday
Sara Vickers as Joan 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

Colin Dexter Cameo Appearance
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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28 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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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