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For years, fans speculated that Endeavour would stop at 33 episodes like the other two shows in the set – Inspector Morse and Lewis.
Luckily, it hasn't worked out like that. Season 9 adds three final episodes, bringing the grand total to 36.
What's Happening in Season 9 of Endeavour?
Season 9 is all about wrapping up storylines and relationships while bringing us a little closer to the older Morse of the original series. We already know certain people weren't present in his later life.
Shaun Evans offered some insight in a recent interview, talking specifically about the breakdown of the bond between Thursday and Endeavour. He said:
In terms of the story there needed to be a full stop between Endeavour and the Thursday family. All parts of the Thursday family. I felt that needed to be a very definite full stop.
He also commented that:
What we wanted to do was to end Endeavour in a way that was fitting to all of the enormous work we had put into it over the last 10 years and also to all of the huge support we have had every year from the audience. To not leave anybody feeling short changed. To leave people feeling emotionally satisfied.
We won’t be seeing Joan and Thursday again. We will see Morse and Strange again ‘later on’ in Inspector Morse but they will be very different versions of themselves. But our story is at its end.
Those who've watched the original TV series, Inspector Morse, will remember that Strange is a character that continues on into Morse's “later life” – though we don't learn nearly as much about his personal life in the original series.
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When Will Season 9 of Endeavour Premiere?
In the UK, season 9 premiered on 26 February 2023 – with one new episode each week (three in total).
In the US, season 9's new episodes will premiere on PBS and Amazon's PBS Masterpiece channel. They will begin airing on June 18th, 2023 (9/8c). For now, you can re-watch all the existing episodes there.
Will Season 9 be the Last Season of Endeavour?
Yes. Shaun Evans and others involved in the production have stated that this is the end of the line. As sad as it is, we'll have to say goodbye to the series.
Will There Ever Be Another Inspector Morse or Endeavour?
Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter built a clause into his will that prevents anyone else from playing Morse after his death. Given that John Thaw is sadly no longer with us, that leaves just one possibility for future episodes – Shaun Evans.
As much as we love the original Inspector Morse, it would be wonderful to see those old episodes renewed with the high-quality cameras and cinematic flair given to the Endeavour episodes. Perhaps if we're really lucky, Shaun Evans and the producers will consider revisiting the Morse universe at some point in the future after Endeavour is over.
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.
In addition to Endeavour, Inspector Morse had another spinoff series – Inspector Lewis.
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When Morse first hit our TV screens I just couldn’t take to it. Sweeneys Jack Regan going all “lardy da” as DCI Endeavour Morse. Testamont to John Thaws acting of course but I just couldn’t handle the change.
So some years later my wife persuades me to start watching Morse on ITVs box sets.
Of course I was hooked and started to really enjoy watching his first appearance through to his last. Then to Lewis? No surely it wouldn’t be as good. However with the addition of Laurence Fox as Hathaway it certainly was. Enjoyed every one of them.
Then a third, this time named Endeavour. No, I can’t see me enjoying a prequel set in the 60/70s. My childhood years? However, yet again I was persuaded and found myself instantly hooked yet again. Having finished the box set of Endeavour I was delighted to suddenly find there was a final series to be broadcast in the coming months. Well it’s nearly here and I can’t wait!
As a footnote though. Disappointed at the end of the box sets of Endeavour my wife and I were told to watch Vera. You guessed it “nah it’ll never be as good” but hey we’re both up to series 4 and have forfeited watching the latest series being shown, so we can watch each and every one in turn.
As I say great TV is great TV and it stands out from among the dross of “reality” shows blighting our screens.
Absolutely love Endeavour.I was so upset when Endeavour and Sergeant Thursday argued and i was so glad to see that everything turned out ok when Sergeant Thursday went to venice.The best detective series on Tv.
Thank God…. have spent too long in the tv wilderness pining without this series during covid. Essential viewing in this millennium, will be remembered as a classic top rate series forever and nothing to beat its 120% quality script and acting. There really is nothing even close to beat it for authenticity of the times and fascinating complexity. Excellence all round. Never let it die
Still waiting for season 8 to air in the US??
Yes when will It be available for TV
Ugh!!!! Me too!!!!
I can’t wait for the new season ,I have watched the all the Morse series from the beginning and love Endevour.
It is bittersweet to watch the seeds of alcohol and anger sink in, I find myself wanting to change this for him but then he wouldn’t be Morse.
Big fan of MYSTERY since the 70’s